Misty image overlooking Gordon River and the surrounding hinterland
Gordon River (photograph: Cam Blake)

Have your say on Lower Gordon Recreation Zone Plan

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Tasmanians are being invited to help shape a plan for the lower Gordon River which aims to provide sustainable visitor experiences while protecting the natural and culture values of one of the most visited locations in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. 

With more than 100,000 visitors on commercial cruises and private trips enjoying the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park each year, cruising the Gordon River amidst the wilderness, and seeing the ancient Huon pines and reflections of nature in tannin rich waters, is one of Tasmania’s iconic experiences. 

The lower Gordon River is a much loved destination and a background report has been developed to help guide discussions on the new Recreation Zone Plan. 

Key issues that will be addressed in the plan include ensuring visitation by motorised vessels is consistent with the protection of the river’s fragile banks, while also maintaining a quality wilderness experience.

Over recent years work has been undertaken to preserve the area including a substantial upgrade to the Heritage Landing in 2016-17. In early 2020, the historic hut at Sir John Falls, one of the only remaining physical reminders of the battle to save the Franklin, was substantially restored thanks to more than 800 hours of volunteer labour. 

The background report provides information on the current issues affecting the lower Gordon river and will help to inform submissions from the public. 

The submissions received will then be used to guide the development of a Draft Recretaion Zone plan. Further public consultation will be held on the draft plan later in the year.

Clicke here to read the Background Report for the lower Gordon River Recreation Zone Plan and have yor say. 

The feedback period closes on 22 June.