We were fortunate enough to score fantastic - though cold - weather for our visit to Strahan. Made the booking with Pure Tasmania by phone the night before and picked up our tickets prior to departure. Whole booking process was very quick and easy.
Crew were terrific and very helpful and knowledgeable about the area visited by the cruise. There was a bit of breeze as we entered the Gordon River and we weren't hopeful that we'd get the mirror reflections the river is known for, but the crew promised we'd get reflections further up the river and we certainly did - the river was like a mirror.
TIP: Gordon River Cruises departs 30 mins before World Heritage Cruises and is the first cruise boat up the Gordon River each day. The 2 boats pass at the entrance to the river as GRC is returning, so if you're looking to see the mirror reflections, take the GR cruise as the WHC boat ends up with disturbed water that apparently takes considerable time to settle after a boat has passed.
TIP: Take your photos on the way up the river as the water disturbance lingers and you may not get the mirror calm photographs on the way back!
Only 30 minutes is allocated for the rain forest walk at Heritage Landing which is a bit rushed - felt very much the tourist!
The all you can eat buffet lunch was great - especially the local smoked salmon. Fantastic and a great way to taste the locally farmed salmon.
The Sarah Island guided tour was great. Our guide, Janelle, was a great story teller and brought the island's brutal history to life by involving the visitors in her story telling. Highly recommended!
At 5 1/2 hrs, it's a long trip and may not be that interesting for small children, but if you want to see this area of pristine World Heritage listed rain forest, it's worth the money.
TIP: You don't get to sit anywhere on the boat. The price of your ticket determines where you sit. We sat in the central "Atrium" seats which are the cheapest seats. A window seat on the lower deck, will cost more and the upper deck even more. However, passengers can access all open decks regardless of the ticket purchased. The fly bridge gives the best views, but if it's cold, rug up!
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