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Strahan: World Heritage Cruise on Gordon River with Lunch

Activity provider: World Heritage Cruises
Water activity

Strahan: World Heritage Cruise on Gordon River with Lunch

Activity provider: World Heritage Cruises
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From US$ 100.76 per person

Likely to sell out

Join a local family owned and operated company for a personal and friendly morning cruise. Enjoy a guided tour on Sarah Island, a Gordon River rainforest board walk, and a tour of Huon Pine Sawmill.

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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Discover the world heritage listed Gordon River on a morning cruise
  • Savor a delicious lunch of local Tasmanian produce
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Sarah Island
  • See high-tech aquaculture farms
Full description

Your cruise includes lunch, a 1-hour guided tour on Sarah Island, a 30-minute walk at Heritage Landing on the Gordon River and a tour of Huon Pine Sawmill on return to Strahan. When booking, you can choose standard, premium or gold seating. Climb aboard a purpose-built catamaran that departs from Strahan Wharf and heads towards Hells Gates, the narrow-channel entrance to Macquarie Harbor. Pass ocean trout and Atlantic salmon farms en-route to Sarah Island. Take a 1-hour guided tour of the island to learn about the harsh conditions of Tasmania's first penal settlement. From Sarah Island, travel into the majestic world heritage listed Gordon River. Rediscover serenity while gliding deep into the ancient rainforest. Disembark at Heritage Landing for a stroll through the hushed, lichen-covered rainforest. Marvel at one of the forest's oldest inhabitants, a 2000-year-old Huon Pine. Your cruise adventure is accompanied by engaging on-board commentary on the area's human history, ecology and geology. The commentary is enriched with anecdotes from the Grining family’s own experiences from more than a century of cruising on the famous river. The included sumptuous lunch is freshly prepared daily and consists of local smoked salmon, cold meats, salads, Tasmanian cheeses, bread roll, and a sweet. There is also a licensed bar on-board where you can purchase drinks and snacks.

  • Cruise with live commentary by the skipper and videos on local history
  • Local staff on-board to answer any questions
  • Guided tour of Sarah Island
  • Gordon River rainforest board walk
  • Individually prepared meal served on a tray with all Tasmanian produce, including: cold meats, smoked salmon, salads, cheese and biscuits, a bread roll, and a sweet
  • Allocated inside seating with access to walk freely all over the vessel
  • Morning tea including a hot beverage or soft drink with a muffin or a slice - upper deck seating only
  • Children 4 years and under travel free - seating available in Main Deck Centre seating only
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera

Know before you go

  • There is additional outside seating available for all passengers
  • A minimum of 2 participants is required for the cruise to operate
  • Dress according to the weather and wear comfortable shoes
  • Cruise operates daily - except for 25th December and 15th July to 30th August
  • Stair access only to the upper deck
  • The cruise schedule is subject to change
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 479 reviews

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A fabulous day not to be missed! Everything from the boat to the staff, the information, the food to the onshore side excursions were fabulous. This really opened our eyes to early experiences in the area….the treatment of the aborigines , conditions experienced on the penal colony of Sarah Island and the fight to save the Gordon River from the proposed dam. All information delivered in a very entertaining way that had you hanging on every word. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

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March 17, 2023

My wife Hoai and i had a great trip up the Gordon River, the boat was awesome and a special mention to Riley the ships captain, he was very entertaining with his local knowledge and humour also allowing a photo of my widfe in the captains chair decked out with the hat and flutes. Great local business very professionally run business. Highly recommended to take the red boat when you next go to Strahan. Dave from Perth WA

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March 11, 2023

It was a beautiful day & the crew were so friendly & knowledgeable - the history was incredible & presented with such enthusiasm. Sarah Island was amazing & you felt like they took you back to another time. The world heritage rainforest was a wonderful experience. We were given a lovely morning tea & fresh lunch. It was a fantastic day & I would recommend not to miss this tour. Thanks to all the crew & the captain with his “dry” wit. We loved the day!

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March 8, 2023

Product ID: 157077