Gordon River Cruises
Just for fun
Your vessel glides along and you gaze spellbound at the reflections of trees in the mirror-calm waters. The boat moors at Heritage Landing, and as you step into the rainforest, you jokingly warn your kids to watch out for dinosaurs. Widening eyes reveal that they almost believe you. Moving along the boardwalk, with thick, ancient jungle pressing in from both sides, it’s not difficult to imagine. The next stop is Sarah Island, with its convict ruins and associated stories. Here the peace and beauty of the trip is temporarily shattered as your guide vividly reveals the lives of convicts who lived here when it was a dreaded penal colony.
Gordon River Cruises, depart Strahan Wharf, The Esplanade, Strahan; 1800 084 620
■ The 2000-year-old Huon pine that is the highlight of your walk from Heritage Landing.
In the 1980s, the Tasmanian State Government tried to build a dam just downstream of the junction of the Gordon and Franklin rivers to generate hydro-electricity. Conservationists, horrifi d at the plan to destroy this wilderness area, created a surge of protest worldwide. The area was declared a World Heritage area, and the Federal Government used its powers to stop the building of the dam.
■ The cruise takes you to Hells Gates (where Macquarie Harbour meets the ocean), salmon and trout farms, Sarah Island, the Gordon River and the rainforest at Heritage Landing.
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