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The Franklin River, Tasmania
Trip Overview
Rafting the Franklin River, Tasmania
Time Of Year: November - April
Price: 1100
Duration: 12 days
Departure Point: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
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An expedition on the Franklin River is one of the only ways to truly experience the pristine beauty of Tasmania. This 12 day rafting expedition will introduce you to the soul of Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area as you paddle this exhilarating and challenging river through some of the region’s most spectacular gorges. From its headwaters in the alpine lakes of the Cheyne Range until its confluence with the Gordon River 130km later, you will see no permanent human habitation. The banks are lined by temperate rainforest punctuated by rock formations and small beaches. The air feels like the cleanest in the world.
The rapids are breathtaking and lively, the side-stream waterfalls and swimming holes are luxurious. With a stunning walk through lush vegetation to Frenchman's Cap, keeping an eye open for local platypus, this trip offers the best and certainly most enjoyable way to explore this unique wilderness. The Franklin River is one of the world’s great trips.
  rafting on the Franklin River

Day One
Arrive in Hobart, transfer to hotel to relax. Have a trip pre departure meeting and meet the guides. Free time
(No meals included)

Day Two
Scenic drive to the river. Set up rafts and all gear for trip, have a thorough safety briefing and practice paddle technique. Leisurely paddle to evening camp at confluence of Collingwood and Franklin Rivers
(All meals included)

Day Three
Our first full day of rafting, running the river's gorges and rapids until we arrive at the beautiful ‘Irenabyss’ or chasm of peace – our base for the next two nights
(All meals included)

Day Four
Options to scale Frenchman’s Cap with its stunning views of the Franklin River below, or to undertake any number of low level walks
(All meals included)

Day Five
Our second full day on the river. We run dozens of rapids and drift through the quieter and flatter sections, past Mt. Fincham and down to our camp at the base of the Engineer Range. Here we relax under a canopy of towering Sassafras and Myrtle trees and have a chance to go swimming.
(All meals included)

Day Six
A spectacular day as we arrive at the amazing Great Ravine. Tackling the river's rapids deep in the gorge we arrive at our camp – 'Serenity Sound', deep within the Ravine
(All meals included)

Day Seven
All the previous days rafting skills will be tested today on the rivers longest rapids.Portages will be necessary in places, with respite coming on the flat sections in between. Our final camp at Rafters Basin is a great place to relax after a hard days paddling
(All meals included)

Day Eight
Today we head into Propsting Gorge and re-supply. After repacking the rafts we continue through the exciting Trojan rapids on onto numerous other amazing and scenic rapids. Portages will be necessary at points before we run the final rapids down to our stunning evening camp below magnificent naturally overhanging cliffs
(All meals included)

Day Nine
As we reach the river's lower reaches we leave behind the amazing quartzite gorges and enter limestone country. Tranquil pools are broken by larger rapids and the river increases in size as tributaries join it. Our evening's camp is below ancient trees at Blackmans Bend and if we are lucky we may even site a local platypus!
(All meals included)

Day Ten
A relaxing paddle down the widening and gentler river. We also visit unique ancient limestone caves that were home to Aboriginal hunters over 14,000 years ago. We then tackle the ‘double fall’ before making our final camp at one the lower river's many sandy beaches
(All meals included)

Day Eleven
Our last day on the river, running and portaging the last few rapids and stopping at the confluence of the Franklin and Gordon rivers. We are met at Sir John Falls where we are picked up by sea plane for our return flight over the west coast - superb! A bus transfer to our hotel followed by a post trip meal together completes an amazing trip!
(Breakfast & Lunch included)

Day Twelve
A leisurely breakfast at our hotel before transfer to Hobart Airport for your return flight home
(Breakfast included)

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Trip Dossier
The trip dossier contains full and detailed information of the trip including:
  • Full Trip Itinerary
  • Holiday Options (Sea Kayaking, Wine Tasting, Sydney, Relax in Fiji)
  • What is included in the trip
  • Getting to Hobart
  • Visa Requirements
  • Vaccinations
  • Exchange Rates
  • Climate
  • Fitness and Safety
  • Dress code
  • Personal Equipment
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Dates & Pricing
Price includes: All transfers and transport during trip, all accommodation, all meals (except where specified), all equipment, guides.
Excludes: personal insurance, personal drinks (soft drinks, beer etc.), international flight, pre/post trip meals in Hobart.
The Franklin River, Tasmania, Australia - Rafting
29th March - 9th April 2008 12 days 1100
Deposit 250
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