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“Gordon River World Heritage Cruise”

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Gordon River Cruise from Strahan
Ranked #4 of 17 things to do in Strahan
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Gordon River Cruises is an award winning wilderness experience in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Departing from Strahan on Tasmania's west coast, Gordon River Cruises offers half day cruises on the Gordon River aboard its sleek, purpose built tour vessel.
Reviewed September 26, 2013

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!

3  Thank jhar793
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

This is a great way to experience the west coast of Tasmania. Starting in huge Macquarie harbor we travelled to 'Hells Gates' which was interesting but I found the cape Sorrell lighthouse amazing (2nd tallest lighthouse in southern hemisphere I think the guide said) and I wished the boat had got closer. Then its a cruise up the Gordon river which is the most pristine river I have ever seen, which leads up to heritage landing and a short walk through the dense rainforest. After this and I think the highlight of the tour was the sarah island tour - the guide who did this part of the tour deservingly got a round of applause at the end of her presentation. She was animated, engaging and witty in her story telling. If you are like me and a little reserved about spending $100+ on a cruise, then I assure you this 6 hour cruise is good value for money - we went for the cheap seats in the atrium and because the boat was only half full we could easily walk to the bow or stern platforms and their was even a viewing platform on the roof of the boat. From looking at the 2 boats that cruise this harbour - the only difference I could see is the top viewing platform is bigger on this boat.

2  Thank KJ_and_MJ
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

We went on the Heritage Red Boat cruise and enjoyed every bit of this adventure. From the sun, wind, rain and hail when we explored Sarah Island to this wonderful and very comfortable boat to the very enjoyable lunch. Best smoked salmon I have ever tasted.

Thank Kathy W
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Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

We booked months ago and with fingers crossed paid extra for the seating in the captains deck.
Hoping for the best we boarded and were blown away by the set up- huge comfy chairs, clean spacious cabin, and we were in the front row so our view was outstanding.
Friendly knowledgeable crew- special thanks to Tahlia- looked after us faultlessly.
It was just so wonderful to get all that the brochures promised and more.
Drinks generously served at request. Food prepared and presented using the best locally sourced produce: beautiful canapés, buffeting and cheese platter of Tasmanian cheeses- yum!
The Gordon river is stunning and the commentary very interesting.
Two stops- one to walk through a designated wilderness area (thank you Isaac) and the other on Sarah Island (thank you Janelle)- both fantastic!
Truly one of the most outstanding experiences of our trip and actually any trip in Australia.
Wonderful- do it!!!!

Thank Flaviaetta
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

A "must see" for everyone to experience the pristine wilderness in the comfort of a wonderful cruise vessel. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable and nothing was too much trouble. The on shore excursions were great at Heritage Landing and Sarah Island which gave us a taste of the wilderness and a history lesson of our grizzly penal system. The stillness of the water as we glided up the Gordon River was breath taking. We were fortunate to be followed by dolphins near the fish farms and we saw the best rainbows I've ever seen. I can highly recommend this to any age group.

1  Thank Sue56_12
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