Gordon River Cruise with Buffet Lunch
Gordon River is famous for the astonishingly clear reflections in its dark surface – the pure and pristine river waters are stained amber by tannins from buttongrass plains in the upper reaches, deep in the wilderness. Wherever you sit on your cruise aboard you'll have outstanding views through floor-to-ceiling windows and outdoor observation decks. Your allocated seat is your own throughout the voyage, so you're free to move around whenever you wish.
On the half-day cruise from Strahan, you'll cross the harbour to its narrow entrance at Hell's Gates, passing through this once-dangerous stretch of water to feel the power of the Southern Ocean. Back inside the harbour, you'll cruise slowly past fish farms producing salmon and ocean trout, then glide silently into the lower reaches of the Gordon.
On the return voyage to Strahan, we will stop at Sarah Island, once a feared penal colony where convicts laboured to harvest Huon pine and build ships using the superb timber. As you explore ashore, your guide will tell the dramatic stories of the island and its inhabitants. Then it's time to come aboard again for the return journey to Strahan.
On the main deck, the choices include comfortable atrium seating or window recliners, both offering scenic views of the changing landscapes. Highpoint of this cruise is the indulgent experience of the Captain's Premier Upper Deck, with its luxurious leather seating, private viewing deck, plenty of room to move around the spacious cabin, a dedicated interpretive guide and excellent food and wine.
As you glide back down the river from Heritage Landing, you'll enjoy a sumptuous buffet of smoked salmon and ocean trout from Macquarie Harbour, Tasmanian game meats and a selection of fine Tasmanian specialty produce, including local cheeses, cool-climate wines and awardwinning Tasmanian beers.
Dedicated on-board guides
Chef-prepared buffet lunch
First access to the Gordon River ensuring the best possible chance of seeing the famous reflections
Three seating options, including the Captain's Premier Upper Deck
Audio tours for international guests (reservation recommended)
Two walking tours (Heritage Landing and Sarah Island)
Captain's Premier Upper Deck includes an open bar.
Main deck includes a cash bar.
Main Deck Central
The Main Deck Central option features spacious seating within the central area of the boat. A chef-prepared buffet lunch is included. There is a well-stocked galley on board with tea, coffee, muffins, biscuits and more available (cash only).
Main Deck Window
The Main Deck Window option features forward facing seating with full length windows for exceptional viewing. A chef-prepared buffet lunch is included. There is a well-stocked galley on board with tea, coffee, muffins, biscuits and more available (cash only).
Premier Upper Deck
The Premier Upper Deck option features forward facing seating with full length windows for exceptional viewing. This luxury sightseeing experience includes coffee, tea, juices and snacks to welcome you aboard, followed by mid-morning canapes. You will enjoy a delicious chef-prepared buffet lunch including a selection of savory dishes, deserts and treats. The Premier Upper Deck option also includes an open bar.
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NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2020 - 2021 season. The 2020 - 2021 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2020 - 31st March 2021. The 2021 - 2022 season rates commence on the 1st April 2021.