People at The Pillinger Explorer near the Strahan Village

The Pillinger Explorer

Journey deep into Macquarie Harbour on the west coast to discover the fascinating history and ruins of Pillinger, once a thriving town, but condemned to failure three years after settlement.

Sophia Vessel at Gordon River near the Strahan Village

Depart Strahan’s waterfront in the morning for a small-group guided tour of one of the west’s forgotten towns. Journey deep into the Macquarie Harbour aboard MV Sophia to Pillinger in Kelly’s Basin. Step ashore to walk among the town’s ruins that the rainforest has slowly been reclaiming over the last 100 years. Hear the tales of boom and bust as industry took hold in the western wilderness’ colonial era.

Stepping back on-board, cruise to Hells Gates at the mouth of the harbour to witness the engineering marvel that has been helping ships navigate the narrow channel entry to the harbour for more than 100 years. Before returning to Strahan, step ashore at Bonnet Island, just inside the entrance of the harbour, to hear tales of lighthouse keepers' past, as you enjoy views of Ocean Beach and beyond.

The Pillinger Explorer is a fully guided and fully catered experience, showcasing some of the best Tasmanian produce as you navigate your way through the wilderness and history of a remarkable part of Tasmania.

Please note this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or for children under 5 years old.



Adult: $250  |  Child: $125  |  Family (2A + 2C): $625

Forward bookings are strongly advised as it has a maximum group size of 10. Bookings can be made via Gordon River Cruises on +61 3 6471 4300 or via the Gordon River Cruises website. 


Lady watching at Gordon River near the Strahan Village