A multi award-winning Tasmanian experience. Cruise from Strahan aboard the hybrid vessel Spirit of the Wild to see UNESCO World Heritage Wilderness as well as the beautiful reflections of the Gordon River.
Our dedicated on guides take you through western Tasmania’s rugged natural and human history, while new character-based interpretation videos take you back in time to hear tales of hardship and heroics. A beautiful lunch is included in your Gordon River Cruise.
We have two magnificent vessels that were specially built with the environment and your comfort in mind: Spirit of the Wild and MV Sophia.
We proudly launched our state-of-the-art Spirit of the Wild in 2018. She is unlike any vessel to cruise on the Gordon River, featuring a hybrid system that ensures a quiet and smooth cruise through temperate rainforest in ‘Whisper Mode’.
Our high-speed MV Sophia caters for 11 passengers and is perfect for more intimate fishing charters and small tours of the area.
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, Spirit of the Wild. Spirit of the Wild was purpose-built in Hobart, especially for the Gordon River. She is an impressive 33m catamaran, fitted with a unique hybrid propulsion system that allows you to cruise the wilds of the Gordon River under electric motors that push Spirit of the Wild along very, very quietly. There is no better way to appreciate the remarkable tranquility of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed place than aboard Spirit of the Wild.
Cruising on the Gordon River hasn’t always looked this way. We are incredibly priviledged to be part of our river’s history, to share her stories and to help preserve this magical place for generations to come.
It all started with our iconic Huon pine – a native species of tree found in abundance along the Gordon River.
Known for its unique floating properties, Huon pine was highly sought after during early Europen settlement for boat building and furniture making. Remote camps were established along the river for the piners who worked tirelessly to harvest the incredible resource.
When the families of row-in-row-out workers wanted to visit, the only way was via river transport. River cruising was a real necessity.
The word quickly got out about the mesmerising reflections, still, dark waters and deep rainforest. The beauty had to be seen to be believed. And so, in 1896, the first leisure cruise on the Gordon River set sail.
In the late 1970s we almost lost our river forever. Legislation was passed for the construction of a dam to create electricty, ultimately drowning pristine river, flora, fauna and endangered species, breathtaking ravines and rapids and untouched Huon pine and myrtle beech forest.
Australians protested and voted against damming the river. It’s known as one of the most significant environmental campaigns in Australian history.
In 1982, the region was inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage – a treasure to be protected for the rest of time. The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area meets 7 out of 10 UNESCO criteria – an achievement only shared with one other world heritage site on the planet.
Our crew know the secrets of the Gordon River and Macquarie Harbour. We love sharing our stories and providing our guests with an unforgettable experience in the UNESCO Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness Area.
We have been awarded ‘Tasmania’s Best Guided Tour’ at the 2018 Tasmanian Hospitality Association Awards and Gold in the Tasmanian Tourism Awards in 2018 and 2019.