Gordon River Cruising with Pure Tasmania

As I’ve mentioned in my last post about searching for the Little Penguins at Bonnet Island, I was working in Tasmania for a branch of Pure Tasmania which gave me some incredible opportunities at the end of my stay, one of which was a complimentary cruise aboard the Lady Jane Franklin II. I worked hard for 3 1/2 months and as the following photos will show, my reward was great at the end of my time there.

Lady Jane Franklin II Gordon River

The first stop for the Gordon River Cruise is across Macquarie Harbor at Hell’s Gates, the small opening in the rocks provides the only access from the Southern Ocean into the only safe harbor on the entire West Coast of Tasmania. You can also see the tiny Bonnet Island with the white lighthouse on the right hand side.

Gordon River Cruise Tasmania

This is more of a photo story, so I’ll try to let the photos do the talking.

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I love starting out the day really early as you get all the different colors of the sky from early gray/pale to bright blue when some of the fog burns off and the clouds part to show the rays of sun.

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Cruising on the Gordon River is done at a really low speed to minimize the impact on the riverside environment.

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We were very lucky with the weather that day as the fog on the water made for some spectacular photos. I was talking with the crew and some of the girls who work in the lounge were telling me that they hadn’t seen the fog like this in a whole year. 

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What makes the photos special here is the reflection the water creates- really dark waters make it easy to take these photos which make the surface of the water create almost a mirror of sorts. The water gets its dark colors from the buttongrass tannins that stain it.

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I plan on writing a whole seperate post about our visit to the convict settlement on Sarah Island. To finish this post though, I give you these friends who followed us back into port at Strahan. The day was already fabulous but seeing them at the end? As they say in Australia-Sweet As!

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Take some time to explore this special part of Tasmania. There are 2 companies here to do your cruise with so any way you decide, just make the trip here and get a feel for this special place. Are the photos alone not compelling enough to make you want to visit? I can’t tell you how much I wished everyone could make time to visit Tassie when they come to Australia, it’s sometimes overlooked but so incredible it deserves at least a week of exploration if you can manage it!

Is visiting Tasmania on your list? If you’ve been here please share your favorite places with me!

9 Comments

  • JC Gibbs says:

    That was just outstanding. I haven’t taken vacations in over a year so I’m glad I get to see your posts to travel.. (That sounded lame, but it isn’t really haha!)

    The reflection on the water are wonderful. My favorite though, was the one with the lighthouse, that’s a road trip I’d like to do around the East Coast in the US, I love lighthouses. Cheers!

    • Mica says:

      Hey its not lame at all, I travel vicariously through some people to places I won’t be going myself, so I understand! Its normal! Maybe one day you’ll find yourself in Australia and you’ll remember me and go, “yup I gotta go to Tasmania”, which would make this whole post worth putting out! I do like lighthouses as well, this one is so cute and every time I think about it I remember the little penguins that live there, I think its the smallest island I’ve ever been on.

  • Sofie says:

    Love those pictures!
    Especially the one with all the fog at the bottom and the plants and trees rising up behind it.

  • You were incredibly lucky to get the chance to be on this cruise. Your photos are amazing!

  • Barbara E La Rosa says:

    I love all of them they are great shoot
    Amazing specially the ones with the reflections of the Water .

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