Alex and I are in Strahan Tasmania and are booked on a morning Gordon River cruise with “Gordon River Cruises”. We climb aboard our very nice looking boat called the “Eagle” at 9:00am. Our return time is 3:00pm.
Our heritage morning cruise runs daily and costs us $105. For that price we get a very nice looking boat which will take us through Hells Gates; past salmon farms; provide a guided Sarah Island stop-over; cruise the Gordon River; give us time to walk the Heritage Landing board walk; and finish back on land at the Huon Pine sawmill. Also included is full buffet lunch. What a top deal.
Our cruise begins in Strahan Tasmania.
Our boat heads towards the open sea and the spectacular Hell’s Gate where the seas are rough and need to be carefully timed and navigated by our driver (ie Captain).
The narrow entrance that is Hells Gate has claimed many ships over the years due to its narrowness and huge tidal surges. I am hoping our journey today will be more successful, keeping in mind Alex can’t swim.
Being only 120 meters wide, the hazardous Hells Gate has been a challenge for sailors since it was discovered in 1815.
Our Gordon River cruise begins as we cross Macquarie Harbour to the calm lower reaches of the mighty Gordon River. Located in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, the riverside rainforest is beautifully reflected in the river’s waters.
We pass a commercial salmon farm hatchery… tick!
We stop at Sarah Island. Sarah Island is a six hectares size island located in Macquarie Harbour. We are taken on a walking tour by an actor dressed in an Australian “dryasabone” jacket. He tells us stories of the days when convicts labored here. Here is where logs of the highly prized Huon Pine were cut and crafted by the convicts into sturdy ships. Sarah Island was once one of Australia’s most productive shipyards.
World Heritage Walk
Our final stop allows us to walk into the forest at Heritage Landing. Here some of the world’s last remaining temperate rainforest exists. Our rainforest walk is on a raised timber walkway. This walkway keeps us off the damp forest floor and within access its vegetation including a 2000-year-old Huon Pine that has fallen to the ground. Some of the plant varieties found here include native pine species found only in Tasmania.
So the Gordon River Cruise was excellent and great value for money. It is now time to leave the peace of Strahan, Tasmania and make tracks to Launceston. Launceston is just a short 4 hour drive. Poor Alex.
Fast forward 4 hours and I can say “well done Alex”. It has been another long day and another long drive. We are pleased to arrive in Launceston.
Tomorrow we will spend the day exploring Launceston and the beautiful Cataract Gorge.
For previous Tasmania series post see Strahan Tasmania from Hobart via Queenstown
For next Tasmania series post stay tuned…