Gordon River Cruises

Boarding the Lady Jane Franklin at Macquarie Harbour, you'll hit the open sea and cruise through the narrow passage known as Hells Gates, due to the number of ships and seafarers it has claimed in the past. As you pass, you'll be astounded by the Training Wall, a 19th century engineering masterpiece that now makes the passage safe for travel.

Continuing on to the edge of the Southern Ocean, you'll visit fish farms and see where Ocean Trout and Atlantic Salmon are cultivated for local produce and export. You'll also visit Sarah Island and explore the convict ruins when ships were once built from Huon Pine. As you head upstream, you'll also have the opportunity to go ashore and stroll through the stunning rainforest of Heritage Landing.

This is a fantastic tour option for those visiting Tasmania with an additional shorter 3.5 hour Highlights Cruise option available for peak season dates.

Itinerary Options

Standard Cruise:
This is a year round cruise departing each morning and returning mid-afternoon. This cruise includes lunch and guided on-shore excursions and 14kms of the Gordon River.

Afternoon Highlights Cruise:
This is a shorter 3.5 hour afternoon cruise that is available in peak season only. The Cruise includes 7kms of the Gordon River. This cruise does not include lunch or shore excursions to Sarah Island.


  • Pass through Hells Gates
  • See the Atlantic Salmon & Ocean Trout fish farm
  • Walk amongst the convict ruins on Sarah Island
  • Guided Shore Excursion to Heritage Landing
  • Cruise aboard Lady Jane Franklin II
  • Children's play area on board


  • Buffet Lunch (not included on Highlights Cruise)
  • Interpretive facilities including guidebooks & maps
  • Guided shore excursions (not included on Highlights Cruise)


Standard Cruise
Departs: Daily - 8.30 am from The Esplanade, Strahan ** see maintenance closure advice below
Returns: Approximately 2.00 pm

Highlights Cruise
Departs: 3.30 pm from The Esplanade, Strahan
Daily - 27 December 2017 - 28 February 2018, 27 December 2018 - 18 January 2019
Monday to Thursday - 01 March 2018 - 31 March 2018
Returns: Approximately 7.00 pm

Additional Info

Children: 2 years and under are free of charge (must sit on parents lap). Children 3-14 years pay the child rate
Maintenance: Gordon River Cruises will not operate June - August 2018 (dates ti be confirmed)
Surcharge: Applies Christmas Day 25 December
Operated By: Gordon River Cruises