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Duration
12 days
Cost
£2395
Arrival Airport
Hobart (HBA)
Grade
river grade
Air Temp
20°C (68F)
Water Temp
15 °C (59F)
Camping
9 nights
Hotel
2 nights

Overview


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.

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What you will be up to


1

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

2

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

3

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

4

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

5

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

6

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

7

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

8

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

Included: All Meals

9

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

10

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

11

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

Included: Breakfast

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USA +1 303 261 8896

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Dates & Prices


DatesDuration
Friday 12 November 2021 - Tuesday 23 November 202112 days£2395€2795$3395
Wednesday 22 December 2021 - Sunday 2 January 202212 days£2395€2795$3395
Sunday 2 January 2022 - Wednesday 12 January 202211 days£2095€2795$2995
Sunday 3 January 2022 - Wednesday 13 January 202211 days£2095€2795$2995
Friday 8 January 2022 - Monday 18 January 202211 days£2095€2795$2995
Friday 15 January 2022 - Monday 25 January 202211 days£2095€2795$2995
Friday 22 January 2022 - Tuesday 2 February 202212 days£2395€2795$3395
Friday 29 January 2022 - Tuesday 9 February 202212 days£2395€2795$3395
Friday 5 February 2022 - Tuesday 16 February 202212 days£2395€2795$3395
Friday 12 February 2022 - Tuesday 23 February 202212 days£2395€2795$3395
Friday 19 February 2022 - Tuesday 2 March 202212 days£2395€2795$3395
Friday 26 February 2022 - Tuesday 9 March 202212 days£2395€2795$3395
Friday 5 March 2022 - Tuesday 16 March 202212 days£2395€2795$3395
Friday 12 March 2022 - Monday 22 March 202211 days£2095€2795$2995
Friday 19 March 2022 - Monday 29 March 202211 days£2095€2795$2995

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 pay your deposit  of £600 per person (USD$750 for U.S. customers). See our Terms & Conditions for full payment terms.

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

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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.

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Current COVID Travel Status To Australia


Travelling from the US

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes

Australia has enacted a travel ban on all non-residents and non-Australian citizens entering Australia. Individuals may request exceptions to the entry restrictions at this link.

The Australian government requires all individuals traveling to or transiting through Australia, with limited exceptions, to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test at time of check-in. The test must be taken 72 hours or less prior to departure. Additionally, masks are mandatory for passengers and crew on all international and domestic flights.

Australia has announced quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to Australia. Travelers must have been in New Zealand for at least 14 days before travel, possess the appropriate Australian visa, and complete an Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before departure. Normal Australian visa requirements will apply. Travelers returning to New Zealand from Australia will be required to comply with New Zealand’s travel requirements.

Travelling from the UK

Entry to Australia

Entry to Australia is currently closed to most arrivals.

Travellers who have been in New Zealand for 14 days or more can travel by air to Australia and will not require an exemption. More information is available on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption.

  • Travellers who meet exemption criteria or have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption,
  • For information on the exemption categories, application form and documentation needed, see the Department of Home Affairs website,
  • The Department of Home Affairs is experiencing high levels of demand for exemptions and there is no guarantee of either the timing of a decision or the outcome. You should make your application at least four weeks but not more than three months in advance of travel and provide full supporting documentation.

A negative COVID-19 test result is required for travelling to or transiting through Australia. Unless you are travelling on a quarantine-free flight from New Zealand, evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours or less before your scheduled departure must be provided to your airline.

Border rules including eligibility criteria can change quickly. Travellers should prepare for disruptions to their plans.

Please check the Australian Governments COVID-19 website for the latest information including changes to quarantine-free travel.

Quarantine requirements

All international travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. You may be required to pay for the costs of your quarantine. This is arranged by individual State and Territory governments.

Travellers who have been in New Zealand for 14 days or more can travel by air to Australia without having to undertake mandatory quarantine. More information is available on the Australian Governments COVID-19 website .

Testing/Screening on arrival

All travellers arriving in Australia may need to undergo enhanced health screening on arrival before going into quarantine. This can include temperature testing. You may also be asked to undergo screening or testing in quarantine.

The Australian authorities provide an ‘Information for international travellers fact sheet’ to all travellers on arrival in Australia. This provides information on current requirements

Travelling from elsewhere then contact us to find out the latest.

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