Franklin River Rafting Trip: Perhaps the most well known river in Tasmania, the famous Franklin River is the location of this amazing 9 day rafting trip with wilderness camping. One of the world's last great wild rivers, the Franklin River forges its way through the rugged south west of Tasmania. On this amazing trip you will raft through deep gorges. Relax on quiet pools and wonder at the magnificent temperate rainforest.
The Franklin River Rafting Trip provides a true wilderness adventure. You can embark on this adventure knowing you are in good hands as the professional guides have an exceptional safety record. Despite the remoteness, your camp and meals will be prepared by your guides that will exceed all expectations.
Outside Magazine named this trip the best river journey in 2012. Hurry and join this real wilderness experience of a lifetime.
Franklin River Rafting Trip
- 8 days of rafting on the world famous Franklin River
- Experiencing real wilderness camping by the river
- Visiting Rock Island Bend, the Lost World and the Kutikina Aboriginal cave
- The sailing trip back to Strahan along the Gordon River
Your Rafting Trip Itinerary
Day 1 – We leave Launceston at 6.00am and drive to our put‐in point at Collingwood Bridge. We aim to be there around 12:00 noon and here we will inflate and load our rafts and have lunch. Before getting on the water the guides will provide a safety briefing and instruction on paddling the raft. Our destination today is the junction of the Franklin and Collingwood rivers or downstream to the Aesthesia Ravine.
Day 2 – Raft to Irenabyss
You will tackle the Log Jam, Nasty Notch and Descension Gorge. Then float calmly through the Irenabyss and camp just on the side of the river below the gorge.
Day 3 – Rafting the Upper Franklin
A fun day of long and beautiful rafting. The rivers mood will depend very much on how much rain has fallen. You camp under the stars after a hearty dinner.
Day 4 – The Great Ravine
Its the day of the Great Ravine, with the first major portage at the Churn. There are some challenging sections along the river prior to reaching the Churn. We pass Blushrock Falls, and look out for a view of Frenchman's Cap. Learn about the Franklin’s famous history, and lesser known tales born years of adventuring on this wild river. We camp at Coruscades Camp within the Great Ravine.
Day 5 – The Great Ravine to Rafter's Basin
Paddle to Deliverance Reach, the end of the Great Ravine, and on to Rafter's Basin. After breakfast we paddle and portage through Coruscades, Livingstone’s Cut, Thunderush, the Masterpiece and the Cauldron to the Mousehole – a narrow recess with a cat-like boulder overlooking the river. It is only a 2km paddle now from the Mousehole to Rafter’s Basin where we camp for the night by Interlude Creek. The terrain around our camp tonight is somewhat of a prelude of the forthcoming Lower Franklin.
Day 6 – Propsting Gorge to Newlands Cascades
At this point, our trip is extremely dominated by the weather and your guides are adaptable. So the destination is either The Black Forest or Newlands Cascades. But you will be paddling through Prospsting Gorge and some of the Franklin's best rapids. Time to put every thing you have learned into practice. After lunch we confront Newlands Cascades. This is the longest rapid on the river. At the bottom of these rapids you will spend the night camping under a large overhang.
Day 7 – Rafting the Lower Franklin
Huon Pines and Leatherwood trees dominate the landscape along the banks of the river. The paddling today is relatively straightforward, to Blackman’s Bend. Deep temperate rainforests make up the landscape.
Day 8 – The Lower Gordon River
Paddle past Double Fall, Big Fall, and Galleon Bluff. After that we float under the amazing overhang of Verandah Cliffs. Our camp tonight is at Sir John Falls on the Gordon River, about 5km downstream of the junction of the Gordon and Franklin.
Day 9 – Transfer by yacht to Strahan, return to Launceston
We could't finish this amazing trip with something truely special. This morning we board Stormbreaker yacht and cruise down the length of the river before reaching Macquarie Harbour. In Strahan we are met by our bus, which will transfer us back to Launceston. We usually celebrate with a group farewell dinner on this evening.
- 2 professional rafting guides
- 8 nights camping
- 8 breakfasts, 9 lunches & 8 dinners
- Transport by private minibus
- All rafting and safety equipment
- Wetsuit and paddling jacket
- 65L waterproof gear bag
- Group camping equipment including all cooking & eating equipment
- Emergency communications & group first aid kit
- Sailing on Stormbreaker from lower Gordon River to Strahan
- Your own travel to and from Launceston
- Accommodation before or after the trip
- Your personal items such as alcoholic beverages, car parking in Launceston etc
- Travel insurance (highly recommended)
On the Franklin River Rafting Trip you will camp as a group in either caves, under overhangs or in the open, under dry airy tarpaulins. Tents are not practical on these trips. There are no showers or toilets.
- Moderate to Challenging...
- You can expect any Franklin River trip to be demanding and while previous rafting experience is not required, some wilderness knowledge, along with a sound level of fitness, is essential.
- This trip is not suitable for people with limited mobility.
- There will be up to8 participants per trip.
- Tours run November – March
Frequently Asked Questions
What times does the trip finish?
- You will be returned to your accommodation in Launceston at approximately 5pm on the final day of the trip.
What sort of meals are served?
- Our guides are very experienced at preparing meals in wilderness locations.
- Breakfast consists of a hearty porridge or muesli, with snacks throughout the day including fruit and nuts, muesli bars and some fruit.
- Lunches are usually vegetable wraps with hams, chicken or salami.
- Evening meals can vary from curries, stroganoff and pastas.
- Desserts include improvised apple pie, and even a chocolate mousse if you’re lucky!
- We will cater for all dietary requirements including vegetarian, gluten free, lactose free, nut free etc.
Can you take a shower?
- No, this is real wilderness camping. There are no shower facilities on this trip.
- There will be opportunities for a refreshing dip in the river.
- We recommend you bring baby wipes.
Is this trip environmentally friendly?
- The tour company has an impeccable environmental policy and record.
- Your guides follow a strict "leave no trace" policy.
- A minimal impact camping procedures are in place at all times. For example, all rubbish etc is carried out and nothing is left behind.
How qualified are the guides?
- All guides have extensive wilderness experience.
- Are fully qualified in first-aid and emergency response training.
- Our guides are equipped with handheld radios, a satellite phone, first aid kit, extra water, food and detailed maps.
Need more info? Please don't hesitate to ask us!