This 10 day rafting adventure takes you the full navigable length of the Franklin River, deep in the heart of Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage Area. Our journey includes a day's walk to the imposing Frenchman's Cap, the monarch of the south west, as well as rafting through one of Tasmania's most spectacular gorges. Accommodation both sides of the trip plus your airport transfers are included making the trip 12 days in total. Unpredictable river levels on the Franklin, mean our trip will always be an adventure -- it is possible to encounter both very low levels and floods within days of each other. Whatever the level, rafts offer the best way to explore this unique wilderness. Join us for the trip of a lifetime.

2 nights
9 nights
What You Will Be Up To!
  • Day 1

    Flyingsleeping

    Arrive in Hobart in the morning (before 2pm) and transfer to your Hotel to relax. At 6pm you'll have a pre-departure meeting and a chance for the guides to check you've got the correct gear, and to get anything else that you need

    Not Included: Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner

    Day 2

    campingdrivingrafting

    A gorgeous scenic drive to the river nice and early this morning. We set up the rafts and have a thorough safety and paddle briefing before camping at the junction of the Collingwood and Franklin Rivers.

    Included: All meals

    Day 3

    campingrafting

    Today we will takcle the Log Jam, Nasty Notch, Descension Gorge and float calmly through the Irenaybyss and camp on the side of the river below the gorge.

    Included: All meals

    Day 4

    campingwalking

    Weather permitting we climb up Frenchman's Cap from our base camp. We'll enjoy spectacular views of the whole of South West Tasmania from the summit. Stopping over for two days gives us flexibility to make the best of the conditions, and do a bit more exploring!

    Included: All meals

  • Day 5

    campingrafting

    There's some challenging rafting through the Great Ravine in store today along with our first portage of the trip at the Churn! Tonight we'll make our camp within the Great Ravine at Coruscades camp.

    Included: All Meals

    Day 6

    campingrafting

    We paddle out of the Great Ravine through to the Rafters basin. A mixture of paddling and portaging today through rapids such as Coruscades, Thunderrush and the Mousehole.

    Included: All Meals

    Day 7

    campingrafting

    Today we paddle through Propsting Gorge with some of the best rapids on the river including Cascades, the longest of all the rapids on this stretch. We'll camp at at the Black Forest or Newlands Cascades if the weather's good, if it's raining though we get to camp in Newlands Cave for the night!

     

    Included: All Meals

    Day 8

    campingrafting

    Today we paddle through the protected rainforest of the Lower Franklin, stopping off at Blackmand Bend to make camp.

    Included: All Meals

    Day 9

    campingrafting

    Today's higlights include Double Falls, and Big Falls flanked by spectacular limestone Verandah Cliffs. We camp at Sir John Falls, a little way down from the confluence with the Gordon River.

    Included: All Meals

  • Day 10

    drivingFlyingyacht

    This morning we catch a boat for a beautiful sail over to Strahan, where we'll be met by our bus to transfer us back to Hobart, arriving 6-7pm. We occasionally are able to fly back to Hobart and will advise if this option is available. This evening we'll have a fairwell dinner to round off the end of a fantastic adventure together!

    Included: Breakfast and Lunch

    Day 11

    Flying

    After breakfast at the hotel we transfer you back to the airport for your flight back home.

    Included: Breakfast

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Dates & Prices

Flights To Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Excellent options exist to fly to Australia from The UK, Europe and North America. You are required to be in Hobart (before 2pm) on the first day stated below and you can choose a departure on the last day stated.

PLEASE NOTE ALL OUR TRIPS INCLUDE A NIGHT IN HOBART IN A HOTEL BEFORE AND AFTER YOUR TRIPS WHICH IS INCLUDED IN THE TRIP PRICE.

We suggest getting flights to Sydney or Melbourne with Qantas, Singapore Airlines, United Airlines, American or Delta. We also recommend investigating flight options through Skyscanner if you are in the UK or Kayak if you are in North America. Connections can be made from Sydney or Melbourne to Hobart with Jet Star or Virgin Blue. If you require help with your flight connections or advice, please contact our office teams. Alternatively we have teamed up with GYT who can provide you with a competitive flight quote by filling out this form on the Water By Nature website.

In order to secure your place you can pay just your deposit now of £500 per person. The remainder isn't due until 90 days before your trip.

Please note that prices shown in GBP & USD are payable. UK residents should pay in GBP and USA residents should pay in USD.

Franklin River Rafting Prices

Saturday 4 November 2017 - Wednesday 15 November 2017
12 days
GBP £ 2195
Euro € 2615
USD $ 3295
Saturday 18 November 2017 - Wednesday 29 November 2017
12 days
GBP £ 2195
Euro € 2615
USD $ 3295
Saturday 2 December 2017 – Wednesday 13 December 2017
12 days
GBP £ 2195
Euro € 2615
USD $ 3295
Saturday 16 December 2017 – Wednesday 27 December 2017
12 days
GBP £ 2195
Euro € 2615
USD $ 3295
Friday 22 December 2017– Tuesday 2 January 2018
12 days
GBP £ 2195
Euro € 2615
USD $ 3295
Tuesday 26 December 2017 – Saturday 6 January 2018
12 days
GBP £ 2195
Euro € 2615
USD $ 3295
Saturday 6 January 2018 - Wednesday 17 January 2018
12 days
GBP £ 2195
Euro € 2615
USD $ 3295
Saturday 13 January 2018 - Wednesday 24 January 2018
12 days
GBP £ 2195
Euro € 2615
USD $ 3295
Saturday 20 January 2018 - Wednesday 31 January 2018
12 days
GBP £ 2195
Euro € 2615
USD $ 3295
Saturday 27 January 2018 - Wednesday 7 February 2018
12 days
GBP £ 2195
Euro € 2615
USD $ 3295
Saturday 3 February 2018 - Wednesday 14 February 2018
12 days
GBP £ 2195
Euro € 2615
USD $ 3295
Saturday 10 February 2018 - Wednesday 21 February 2018
12 days
GBP £ 2195
Euro € 2615
USD $ 3295
Saturday 17 February 2018 - Wednesday 28 February 2018
12 days
GBP £ 2195
Euro € 2615
USD $ 3295
Saturday 3 March 2018 - Wednesday 14 March 2018
12 days
GBP £ 2195
Euro € 2615
USD $ 3295
Saturday 10 March 2018 - Wednesday 21 March 2018
12 days
GBP £ 2195
Euro € 2615
USD $ 3295
Saturday 17 March 2018 - Wednesday 28 March 2018
12 days
GBP £ 2195
Euro € 2615
USD $ 3295

What You Should Bring

We find most of our clients have in their posession already what is needed for a river journey. We have broken down here the items into what you'll need on the river and in camp. An equipment list of what you will require for your adventure will be sent to you prior to your departure.

River wear:

  • A pair of trainers or keens that cover your toes and provide grip on wet rocks.
  • 2 pairs of river shorts (longer leg length) shorts can be purchased from our online Water Shop.
  • Swimming costume or bikini for ladies.
  • Long sleeved thermal top and bottoms to wear under your spray jacket. Capilene, Polypropylene or Merino wool is best. (not cotton)
  • A rash vest (not cotton) as an alternative to the thermal layer.
  • A baseball cap for under the helmet to keep sun off – can be purchased from our online Water Shop.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Chums for fastening your sunglasses to your head – can be purchased on line or from your river crew.
  • 1 Litre Nalgene / Sigg or similar water bottle.
  • Carabiner for fastening water bottle to your boat.
  • Waterproof camera such as GoPro for the ‘action’ shots
  • Waterproof sunscreen and lip balm SPF30 minimum.

 Around Camp:

  • 2 warm tracksuit pants (not jeans or cotton trousers)
  • 2 Lightweight tops - long sleeved shirts or t shirts.
  • Fleece jumper / sweatshirt / jumper
  • Light weight down jacket.
  • Rain jacket.
  • Woolly hat, gloves, buff / scarf.
  • Walking shoes or boots.
  • Underwear.
  • Woollen or Thermal socks.
  • A 4-season sleeping bag. (Can be hired in advance)
  • Travel Pillow.
  • Trainers or  light weight shoes for wearing around camp. (Walking boots are not required)
  • Thermal top and bottoms. (Good to sleep in)

You do not need to bring tents + sleeping mats.

We provide personal flotation jackets, spray jackets and helmets and wetsuits.

 Personal items:

  • Glasses or Contact lenses. Disposable lenses are ideal.
  • Toiletries. Toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap and shampoo.
  • Forget the cosmetics and hair dryer! But we do suggest moisturizer.
  • Hand wipes and a small bottle of hand sanitiser.
  • Small pack towel.
  • Insect Repellent.
  • Headlamp or head torch with spare batteries.

Optional:

  • Your favourite book/kindle or a journal for recording your river memories.
  • Sketchpad.
  • Binoculars.
  • Photographic or video equipment. We recommend a cleaning kit as sand gets everywhere.
  • Spare memory card.
  • Solar or portable charger.
  • Neoprene sailing gloves.
  • Zip lock bags to keep valuables dry and sand free.
  • Rehydration tablets (Phizz, Nuun and O.R.S are easily available)
  • The only money that you need to bring is for meals in town, souvenirs, DVD, personal items, gratuities and the beer kitty for the raft trip if you drink.
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