Gordon River Cruises

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.

www.gordonrivercruises.com.au

Price range

HIGH COST

Contact details

Gordon River Cruises, depart Strahan Wharf, The Esplanade, Strahan; 1800 084 620

Depart every morning including Christmas Day, twice daily in peak
 
World Heritage Cruises, depart Strahan Wharf, The Esplanade, Strahan; (03) 6471 7174
 
Depart every morning, Sept–June, twice daily in peak

www.worldheritagecruises.com.au

Don't Miss

■ The 2000-year-old Huon pine that is the highlight of your walk from Heritage Landing.

■ The signs along the rainforest boardwalk that explain some of the plants and animals you can see.
 
■ Tasmanian pademelons, which might be hopping around the boardwalk. Do not feed them as processed food can cause disease and a slow, painful death.

Fabulous Facts

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.

Insider Tips

■ 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.

■ Tours last about six hours, so you might want to bring some quiet activities for the kids when they have had enough of gazing at scenery. The vessels provide play areas.
 
■ A buffet lunch or dinner is included.
 
■ Seats are allocated (in different sections according to price) but there is plenty of room on the decks to move around.
 
■ Window seats cost extra, but you can always get a good view by going out on deck.
 
■ Avoid touching the old trees along the walk, as this removes the protective bark and moss.
 
■ There is an entertaining commentary during your cruise.

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