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.
Settlers and Pioneers
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.
Services We Offer
- 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;
To Guy, Sarah (1) and Sarah (2),
On behalf of Chris, Katie and I, I want to Thank you for arranging a great day on the water when we were in Strahan last month. I now understand why Macquarie Harbour, Sarah Island and the Gordon River are in the 'must see' category for visitors to Strahan.
It was nice to experience this at a leisurely pace, accompanied by your hospitality and fine fare. Thank you once again for helping us experience one of the West Coast's most important tourist features. Phil Souter - Tourism, Sport and Recreation.
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