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The Eagle

Five generations of boating in this area, lends itself to an intimate knowledge of the Gordon River. This gave rise to the unique, low-wash design of our purpose-built cruiser which meets the dual essentials of passenger comfort and preservation of the riverine environment.
The Eagle

The most advanced vessel to cruise the Gordon River, the Eagle, is an all-aluminium 35m catamaran launched in late 2007. Purpose-built for the Gordon River cruise to minimise the impact on the River’s embankments, the vessel’s extra large windows, spacious layout and comfortable seating ensure all passengers get the maximum from our Gordon River Cruise.

Eagle Specs
A very successful three-deck cruise vessel for eco tours in Tasmania's south west wilderness area. This vessel pulled 114 water skiers, helping Horsehead Water Ski Club claim the world record!


Design No: IC0706
Length Overall: 36.85 m
Beam: 9.50 m
Draft Max: 1.90 m
Fuel: 10 000 litres
Fresh Water: 1 500 litres
Passengers: 224
Deadweight: 28.3 tonnes
Service Speed: 28 knots
Main Engines: 2 x MTU8V4000
Installed Power: 2 x 1 555 bhp
Propulsion: Propeller
Construction Material: Marine Grade Aluminium
Flag: Australian Flag USL/NSCV 1C

New catamaran a $5 million boost to West Coast/Tasmanian tourism.

Strahan-based Gordon River cruise operator, World Heritage Cruises, launched a new $5 million, 222-passenger cruise catamaran in Hobart 28-November 2007. The new vessel, the seventh built for WHC by Hobart marine construction specialists Richardson Devine Marine, was named Eagle by the Minister for Tourism, Arts and the Environment, Paula Wriedt at a ceremony at RDM's new boat building facilities in Prince of Wales Bay.

Speaking at the ceremony, WHC Director, Troy Grining, said the new vessel marked a significant step forward not only for the company and West Coast tourism but also for the wider Tasmanian tourism industry. "This new vessel is the biggest we have built for day cruising on the Gordon River and is the biggest investment we have made to date in the tourism industry", Troy said.

"Eagle will be bring a new dimension to wilderness cruising in Tasmania and will give passengers a genuine feel for, and appreciation of, the World Heritage Area which they have very often traveled long distances to experience", he said.

The all-aluminium 35m catamaran will offer passengers two levels of seating comfort on three decks , she has large windows offering panoramic views, a reference library and a children's play area.

Five generations of the Grining family have been in the vanguard of Gordon River cruising for more than a century and the new vessel's design and construction incorporates every possible environmental protection feature - many of which the Grinings helped to devise, drawing on their wealth of wilderness cruising experience.

The new vessel has been named for the first boat launched by Harry Grining, an early settler in Strahan, who built the original Eagle in around 1897 to ferry goods and (mainly) Victorian visitors around Macquarie Harbour and into the King and Gordon Rivers.

Eagle begin service in Strahan on December 10 2007 after undergoing final sea trials in Hobart.

World Heritage Cruises

Located in Strahan, Tasmania, World Heritage Cruises offers a mix of history, stunning scenery and wonderful hospitality.

Cruise the majestic Gordon River on one of our morning or afternoon cruises and enjoy the experience delivered by our first-class, purpose-built boat and friendly, professional team.

A family business
Don and Sandra have two sons, Guy and Troy, who together carry on the Grining association with the Gordon River under the banner of their family-owned business, World Heritage Cruises.

The Grinings continue to share their love of Tasmania’s West Coast, Macquarie Harbour and the Gordon River with the tens of thousands of visitors who annually make a pilgrimage to this unique World Heritage Tasmania Area.

With a sixth generation of Grinings (three sons and a daughter between them) now following in their parents’ footsteps, it seems certain that the family name will remain synonymous with the Gordon River for many years to come.