Experience one of the most scenic and sought after cruises with Tasmania’s largest eco-tourism cruise operator, the family owned and operated World Heritage Cruises. Located in Strahan, Tasmania, World Heritage Cruises offers a mix of history, stunning scenery, and wonderful hospitality. Cruise the majestic Gordon River on one of their morning or afternoon cruises and enjoy the experience delivered by the first-class, purpose-built boat and friendly, professional team.
Harry Grining and his brother took their first paying passengers into the Gordon River more than 100 years ago. Five generations on, the Grinings continue their century-old family tradition, adding a wealth of local knowledge to the mystery and serenity of this special place. The Grining’s were among the settlers of the fledgling port of Strahan on Tasmania’s West Coast and pioneered tourist cruises into the mighty Gordon River in 1896—beginning a family tradition which to date spans more than 100 years and five generations.
The Grinings continue to share their love of Tasmania’s West Coast, Macquarie Harbour, and the Gordon River with the tens of thousands of visitors who annually make a pilgrimage to this unique World Heritage Tasmania Area. With the sixth generation of Grinings (three sons and a daughter between them) now following in their parents’ footsteps, it seems certain that the family name will remain synonymous with the Gordon River for many years to come.
The Heritage Morning Cruise—Includes a buffet lunch and departs from Strahan Wharf at 9am, returns approx 3pm (daily).
The Heritage Afternoon Cruise—Includes buffet dinner and is available 29th December to 20th January only. It departs Strahan Wharf 3:15pm, returns approx 8.30pm.
World Heritage Cruises run every day except 27th May to 25th June and 15th July to 15th August 2012 and Christmas Day
World Heritage Cruises Gordon River highlights include:
- See some of Australia’s oldest convict ruins on Sarah Island, a settlement which pre-dates Port Arthur by decades. Created to put the ‘fear of God’ into the convicts of Van Diemen’s Land, this tiny outpost of 18th Century British penal history hides a fascinating tale of human triumph over adversity, brought vividly to life by expert guides;
- Hear the intriguing story of Macquarie Harbour and its settlement;
- Passage through Hells Gates the narrow entrance to Macquarie Harbour named by the convicts on their way to Sarah Island;
- See high-tech aquaculture where hundreds of thousands of Tasmania’s famous Atlantic Salmon and Ocean Trout are farmed;
- Cruise past the majesty of the rugged mountain ranges in Tasmania’s World Heritage-listed South West Wilderness National Park; and,
- Spend two hours in the serenity of the imposing Gordon River, complete with a stroll into the rainforest, which reclaimed the land after the last Great Ice Age.
- Listen to our narrative, which brings the river and its rich history to life complete what is an unforgettable experience.
- Enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch freshly prepared on board – includes smoked salmon, cold meats, a selection of salads, fresh fruit, Tasmanian cheeses and local bakery bread rolls.
For charter groups the World Heritage Cruises Catamaran is available to clubs, corporate groups, or any special interest groups wishing to enjoy the pleasures of a cruise together. The most popular option—a three-hour evening cruise—departs Strahan around 6pm, allowing ample time to take in Hells Gates and the sights of Macquarie Harbour. The catamaran caters for groups of between 30 and 220 people.
Tasmania is Australia’s island State and is world-renowned for its unique wilderness areas. More than 40% of the State is protected in National Parks or reserves. The island’s World Heritage-listed, Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers and South West National Parks combine to protect one of the world’s last great temperate rainforests.
Lying on the West Coast of Tasmania, Strahan is squarely in the path of the famous ‘Roaring 40s’ wind belt, this remote region is accessible only to hikers or via the rivers that flow into and out of the area. The Gordon River provides the perfect gateway to this vast region for people seeking a more leisurely ‘wilderness experience’.
World Heritage Cruises truly offers the ultimate wilderness cruise experience.
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