The Franklin River in south-west Tasmania is one of the state’s most famous rivers, for its heart-stopping beauty, controversial history, and the epic rafting that it provides. A trip down the Franklin River is an 83 km journey that (in rafts) usually takes about 10 days (rest days included). The river features all grades of rapids and winds its way through Tasmania’s ancient wilderness, a place so significant for Australians that it was saved from damming by a 1983 High Court decision and is now protected by World Heritage status.
The Picton River in the Huon Valley is an ideal introduction to rafting. The Picton can be rafted in a day trip, with gentle to moderate rapids, depending on the water level. The river flows through lush rainforest, studded with huon pines, blackwoods, myrtles, interspersed with giant eucalyptus trees.
The River Derwent is another great day trip for beginners and the whole family. The banks are lined with weeping willow and occasional blackwood and gum trees. The Derwent flows through open farmland, past hopfields, and paddocks. Tranquility gives way to adventure as you encounter rapids at Broken Bridge and the Railway Bridge.
The Franklin River is one of the last truly wild rivers on Earth; a complex system of breathtaking scenery, powerful energy and moments of utter tranquillity, threading its way through Tasmania’s unique World Heritage Area. There are few environments in the world as ancient, untouched or majestic as the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.
Franklin River Rafting is a company that specialises in unique, uninterrupted 8-day and 10-day white water rafting tours that challenge and reward our guests as we explore the river and its pristine ecosystem. Owned and operated by the guides that will be taking you down the river. Elias, Franzi and their friends will provide an unparalleled experience based on their intimate knowledge and love of the Franklin River. Join us on a personalised journey-of- a-lifetime down one of the most beautiful, inspiring and isolated rivers in the world.
The King River is located in Tasmania’s World Heritage-listed South West Wilderness. Its steep gorges and deep waters make it ideal for rafting, and this tour provides the guide, equipment, and know-how to zip down the river past rainforests, the Wilderness Railway, and relics of old mining operations. Plus, don’t worry about organizing a meal as your trip includes lunch. Take a rafting trip down the King River in Tasmania’s South West Wilderness See rainforest, the Wilderness Railway, and old mining relics along the river Your tour includes lunch so you don’t have to worry about organizing a meal Hassle-free, round-trip transportation from Queenstown. Take a rafting trip down the King River in Tasmania’s South West Wilderness See rainforest, the Wilderness Railway, and old mining relics along the river Your tour includes lunch so you don’t have to worry about organizing a meal Hassle-free, round-trip transportation from Queenstown.
River sledding is a unique and thrilling experience which puts you centimetres from the water as you make your way downstream. Your sledding adventure will have you drifting down the river belly first, a mix between a gentle float with the natural current as you take in the surrounding lush scenery. There’s no experience necessary. Guests are taken through a full briefing before hitting the water for a skills session before you float your way toward the first round of rapids. From here, guests spend 1.5 to two hours on the water and travel three kilometres downstream while guides share local stories from days gone by.
Located 80 km south of Hobart, the Picton River is a tributary of the Huon River and flows from the World Heritage Area of South West Tasmania. It is crossed by only one bridge and there are no people living in its catchment. The water is clean and clear. The valley is surrounded in winter by snow capped mountains. This section flows flows through managed state forest amidst towering eucalyupt trees and riverine huon pine. This is the best one day rafting in the south of Tasmania. The rapids are easy and up to grade three. The trip is suitable for most families.