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Strahan: World Heritage Cruise on Gordon River with Lunch

Strahan: World Heritage Cruise on Gordon River with Lunch

From US$ 96.97 per person

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

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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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, a large selection of salads, fresh fruit, Tasmanian cheeses, and local bakery bread. There is also a licensed bar on-board where you can purchase drinks and snacks.
  • Cruise with full live commentary by the skipper
  • Local staff on-board to answer any questions
  • Guided tour of Sarah Island
  • Heritage landing walk
  • Individually prepared meal served on a tray with all Tasmanian produce, including: cold meats, smoked salmon, salads, cheese and biscuits, and a bread roll
  • Allocated 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 - gold seating only
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All required protective equipment is provided
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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    Meeting point

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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 249 reviews

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    Firstly, we were welcomed on board by the friendly staff. We saw 360 degrees of enchanting picturesque views of Strahan, Hell's Gates and the historical Gordan River. When we first stopped at Sarah's Island, we were immersed in convict life by the extremely knowledgable tour guides that enthusasticaly shared stories of power and struggle. Along our journey we were continually informed of Strahan's history and the magnificent Huon Pine. To top off our day we were provided with a fulfilling lunch and morning tea. If you are after a relaxing afternoon of site seeing, this is for you. Have a wine and put your feet up. Our teenage sons also thoroughly enjoyed learning and seeing the wildlife and views. Thank for amazing experience

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    December 30, 2021

    We had a wonderful cruise and the staff were excellent. Guides were very knowledgeable and the presentations on board were informative of the area and history. We were very lucky with the weather which enhanced the whole experience. Sarah Island was a highlight as was the walk in the forest in the world heritage area. Highly recommend World Heritage Cruise on Macquarie Harbour Strahan.

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    September 17, 2021

    The ladies in the office and the crew were welcoming, professional and helpful. Although it rained for some of the cruise we managed to walk around Sarah Island and Heritage Walk without getting wet. The guides from The Round Earth Company were entertaining and brought life and vivid detail to the island's past convict history. Our skipper Andy was so knowledgeable, obliging and helpful, and we learned so much about the area, including its geography, nautical demographics, the history of the Piners, the Grining family, the struggle with the Gordon-Franklin Dam issue, the convicts, the Huon Pine, and so much more. The meal was delicious, as was the coffee and cake. We wouldn't hesitate to return to The Red Boat - well done to everyone concerned.

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    April 30, 2021

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