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Get to know Amanda Sansom

If you’ve cruised on Spirit of the Wild, you’ve probably met Amanda Sansom.

Amanda has been with us for 12 years now. She’s got passion and determination in spades and has achieved so much in that time.

Working towards her Master IV qualification, Amanda is well on her way to taking solo command of our award-winning vessel. She also received the Tourism Minister’s Young Achiever Award back in November last year – a well-deserved celebration of her hard work.

“I was very shocked. I definitely didn’t think I’d receive something like this doing what I do. But I’m glad that we do get noticed over here on the west coast, it’s such a highly underrated place.

“I really enjoy skippering. Sometimes it feels a bit surreal. It helps that I’m surrounded by good people and I feel very lucky that I’ve got the opportunity to pursue this career.”

Growing up on boats in a family of cray fishermen, Amanda well and truly has boating in her blood. It seems only natural that she calls the spectacular Gordon River her office.

“No day is the same on the Gordon River. Different people and different weather make each cruise unique. The reflections when you first enter the river are an awesome sight. I’ve been cruising for over 12 years now and I’m not tired of it yet.”

We’re so proud of Amanda and can’t wait to see what the future holds for her. The next time you’re on Spirit of the Wild come and say hello. You’ll find Amanda as the crew leader in the galley or upper deck, or as the skipper in the wheelhouse.

Amanda on board Spirit of the Wild
Amanda accepting her award

Credit: Alastair Bett

Amanda and Premier Peter Gutwein

Credit: Alastair Bett

Q&A with Amanda

Local knowledge is always the best. Here are some of Amanda’s west coast highlights…

Favourite thing to do on the west coast?

I like to go camping, fishing and motorbike riding – anything outdoors.


Ocean Beach – you can’t beat the sunset view.

Place for a meal?

View 42°– for the food and the view. I also can’t start my work day without a coffee from The Coffee Shack – it’s the best in town.


Montezuma Falls near Rosebery or Hogarth Falls in Peoples Park, Strahan.

Hidden gem?

Sir John Falls on the Gordon River – it’s a beautiful place.