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“Excellence in tourism”

World Heritage Cruises
Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Strahan
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Cruise the Gordon River with the local family owned and operated World Heritage Cruises.Cruises depart Strahan daily at 9am. Attractions include, Hells Gates, Atlantic salmon fish farms,Sarah Island Guided Tour, The Gordon River rainforest boardwalk and a Huon pine sawmill.
Sydney, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Excellence in tourism”
Reviewed October 1, 2012 via mobile

We have travelled around the globe many times, but the Eagle boat and the INCREDIBLE STAFF, of the world heritage tour has to be one of the best value travel experiences we have had. The captains commentary was first rate with a bit of good Aussie humour and wit, combined with informative spiel. The charming and beautiful hostesses looking after the bar and the great lunch also made it a wonderful day out. The upstairs girl was especially charming. We are not sure whether it was these things or the wonderfully informative and cleverly delivered theatrics of the history of Sarah island ( the devils lair?) or the brilliant scenery and changing weather, or the well explained history of the "piners". How can that Huon pine be older than the pyramids?! Wow. Great stuff and thanks for a memory that will live with us for life. Certainly worth the travel to Strahan for a unique travel experience.

Thank Peter T
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Luganville, Sanma, Vanuatu
Level 6 Contributor
38 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“The best history & discovery tour.”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

Very friendly staff on the booking reception, very friendly crew, very well spoken captain with extreme knowledge of the history and the area, fantastic boat "Eagle", great tour guide on Sarah island to make you feel like you were there !! Wonderful fresh Tasmanian lunch, nice World heritage forest walk with crew's explaining about the forest. I can give this tour 100% recommendation to all.

Visited September 2012
Thank santomarakai
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2 reviews
“A must do tour in Strahan.”
Reviewed September 27, 2012 via mobile

Great experience. The crew were fantastic, informative, helpful and friendly. A very professional setup. Would highly recomend.

Thank Parrothead357
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Geelong, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“If you only do one thing in Strahan..... make it this.”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

There are two cruise operators for the Gordon River, World Heritage Cruises (The Red Boat) and Gordon River Cruises (The White Boat). Both tour operators do pretty much EXACTLY the same tour. The primary difference is that World Heritage Cruises are a locally owned, family business whilst Gordon River Cruises, under the banner of Pure Tasmania are actually owned and operated by the Federal Group, which own/operate a large number of establishments in Tasmania. In all fairness the Federal Group is also family owned but much larger in size (and assets) than World Heritage Cruises and I always prefer to support the "little guy". But, lets focus on the actual experience itself.

Having done cruises with both operators I unreservedly assert that World Heritage Cruises provided overall a better experience. From nicer, more plentiful food to the attitude, knowledge and helpfulness of the staff. Nothing was too much trouble. And the girls were gorgeous. Our Captain for the day provided highly entertaining commentary and invited all up to the wheelhouse for a look and a chat. On that, it was interesting to note that wheelhouse is a bit of a misnomer with this boat. Control is by a tiny joystick on the arm of the Captains chair. But very very responsive was the boat.

The trip takes in the bulk of Macquarie Harbour and out to Hells Gates at Macquarie Heads. This in itself is an experience not to be missed. The contrast is awe inspiring, from the generally calm and pristine waters of the harbour and river to the often wild and windswept conditions as you hit the ocean. If you have a tendency toward motion sickness I would definitely ensure you medicate prior to the trip (try Ginger, very very effective) or at least keep hold of a vomit bag (soiling the side of the ship with breakfast would be generally frowned upon I think). The calm of the river will soon soothe you though, you don't even feel as though the boat is moving when travelling on those waters. And the reflections can be amazing!!

Sarah Island is an excellent part of the trip, to see how convicts lived back in those times. Port Arthur appears like luxury compared to the conditions here. Word of warning though, take wet weather gear or at least an umbrella.... just in case. I've been on here both in August and in February and got wet both times. The same goes for the walk at the rainforest landing (well d'uh, it's a rainforest).

This is a must do experience once in your life. I would recommend going during the off-peak times. You run the risk of the trip being cancelled unfortunately if numbers are too low but that is a small risk and the reward for having a smaller group is a more interactive and informative experience and more freedom to move about the boat and get those once in a lifetime photographs without having to jostle for best position.

Visited August 2012
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Tasmania, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Very enjoyable & educational”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

After a very stormy night, i was unsure whether the cruise would go ahead but it did. The cruise travelled along sheltered waters and was quite pleasant. The boat apparently holds 200 people but there were only 30 people on this cruise due to the winter season. The staff were lovely and very enthusiastic. We hopped off after about an hour and went on a tour of 'Sarah Island' with a fantastic tour guide, it was very enjoyable. It rained most of the time so we bought a plastic poncho to keep us dry, we had to as there was no shelter on the island. Lunch time then came and it was lovely, there were plenty of salads along with smoked salmon, roast beef & ham plus yummy fruit and brie cheeses YUM. It was great for me but not really for my parter who doesn't really like to eat salad. At the end of the tour they played a movie regarding the piners from the old times, it was really educational and gave you an idea of how they lived.

Will definitely recommend this place.

Visited August 2012
2 Thank walsh_miranda
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