World Heritage Cruises is located in Strahan on Tasmania’s beautiful and rugged West Coast. Cruise on a modern, specially designed catamaran into the world’s last great temperate rainforest, deep into the World Heritage Area.
A century-old family tradition of local hospitality is the foundation of World Heritage Cruises, five successive generations of Grinings have explored every bend of the mighty Gordon River; beginning as pioneer settlers who ferried their first passengers in 1896. Today, the family continue the passion of their ancestors.
During the cruise, passengers enjoy the natural and historic features of Macquarie Harbour, including Hells Gates, an array of aquaculture farms, a Sarah Island penal settlement guided tour and two hours of cruising the Gordon River where you disembark to explore the rainforest and see a Huon pine tree that was a mere seedling 2,000 years ago.
Informed and interesting narrative is a key part of the journey.
A fresh individually packed lunch prepared onboard is included and features delicious cold meats, salads and fresh locally baked bread.
The vessel’s extra large windows provide uninterrupted panoramic viewing throughout, a spacious layout, outstanding comfort, and excellent onboard service will exceed passenger expectations making the cruise a thoroughly memorable experience.
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Gordon River Cruise
Depart the Strahan Wharf for Hells Gates, the narrow-channel entrance to Macquarie Harbour, before passing ocean trout and Atlantic salmon farms en route to Sarah Island where an hour-long guided tour conveys a keen appreciation of the harsh conditions at what was Tasmania's first and perhaps most notorious penal outpost. From Sarah Island travel into the majestic Gordon River, gliding deep into the ancient rainforests of the World Heritage Area to the boardwalk of Heritage Landing. Disembark once again for a stroll through the hushed, lichen-covered rainforest and one of its oldest inhabitants - a 2000-year-old Huon Pine. The whole adventure is completed by engaging live on-board commentary on the area's human history, ecology and geology - a commentary enriched with anecdotes from the Grining family's own experiences from more than a century of cruising this famous river. The buffet luncheon featuring locally grown smoked salmon completes the day and sets the scene for the relaxing journey home. Seating onboard is allocated with the option of standard, premium or Gold seats. Passengers have access to the entire vessel with additional seating outside to fully enjoy the Gordon River Cruise. Morning Heritage Cruise departs 0900 and returns 1500 daily.
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World Heritage Cruises
Strahan, North West, Tasmania