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New Vessel to Cruise Gordon River on Tasmania’s West Coast

June 7, 2017 River Cruising No Comments Email Email

The RACT will take another significant step forward in investing in the future of our Destinations properties and experiences with the construction of a new Gordon River Cruises vessel to replace Lady Jane Franklin II.

For the past 14 years the Lady Jane Franklin II has delivered quality tourism experiences on the Gordon River in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Since taking over operation of Gordon River Cruises in 2014, the RACT has identified the need for a new vessel to take this visitor experience to the next level.

We have engaged Simon Currant, developer of the first two Gordon River Cruises vessels, to create an experience that will generate renewed interest in the iconic river experience and the West Coast as a tourism destination.

The vessel will be locally built by Richardson Devine Marine, Tasmanian entrepreneurs Hydrowood will supply responsibly sourced specialty timbers for the Upper Deck and Tasmanian culinary consultant David Quon has been engaged to craft a food program around the freshest local produce.

This vessel will be state-of-the-art in both design and environmental sustainability. It will deliver an unrivalled experience in our magnificent World Heritage wilderness area, offering the most environmentally sensitive river-cruising experience in a vessel of this size in Australia. Its smaller engines will burn less fuel, and the latest marine technology will deliver the most efficient and low-emission cruising experience available. It has been designed specifically for the Gordon River environment to reduce its impact on its surroundings.

Interpretation of the Gordon River story will be delivered through enhanced storytelling, interpretation materials and appropriate use of the latest multi-language, multi-media communications technology.

Visitors will engage in a rich Tasmanian story, experiencing the cruise through floor-to-ceiling windows, automatically washed of salt for optimum viewing. The vessel will feature a 180-degree rear-viewing seating area and larger outside viewing decks, including a 360-degree view rooftop deck for all passengers to take in the scenery.

The new vessel will add to the recent redevelopment of the Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery and Altitude Restaurant + Lounge Bar. This is in addition to our ongoing refurbishment program across all of our RACT Destinations properties.

We look forward to keeping you updated as the build progresses.

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