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Thursday 7 June 2018

New boat launched for Tasmanian wilderness experience

Tasmania has a new tourism attraction: The RACT's new Gordon River Cruises vessel – Spirit of the Wild – has been officially welcomed into her home port of Strahan and will commence cruising on the Gordon River on June 16.

Built in Hobart by Richardson Devine Marine, the vessel was designed with the Gordon River specifically in mind. Spirit of the Wild is the first commercial passenger vessel of its type in the southern hemisphere to be fitted with a hybrid drive system, featuring both diesel engines and electric motors. 

When the vessel enters the Gordon River the diesel engines will be switched off, leaving only the electric drive to propel the vessel forward. 

This means passengers will enjoy a cruising experience like nothing that has ever been available in Tasmania's World Heritage Area before, the RACT boasts. 

Spirit of the Wild will also virtually disappear while on the Gordon River thanks to exterior finishes that blend into the surroundings. 

In addition to the new vessel, the Gordon River Cruise experience has been enhanced with new interpretation model, telling the stories of the history and early inhabitants of the area; and a new food and wine offering featuring Tasmanian produce. 

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