Swirling tannin-stained river waters and water-worn rocks at Rock Island Bend, Franklin River
Rock Island Bend, Franklin River (photograph: Cam Blake)
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Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park

Wild river valleys and deep gorges.

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Alerts for Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park

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Closed area: Franklin River Nature Trail - toilet closed
Applies from 13/1/2022

​​​​​​Toilets a​​​​t Franklin River Nature Trail at Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park are currently closed.

Alternative toilets are available at Nelson Falls and Derwent Bridge.

Last reviewed 28/6/2022 11:12 AM


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In Tasmania’s west, the rivers are wild, the landscape is rugged and the mountain peaks are dramatic and imposing. Pristine fresh waters stained by tannins from surrounding vegetation weave their way through breathtaking gorges.

Water is ever-present in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park – trickling down from mountain peaks, running into creeks that cascade and twist through the rocks, combining to make the powerful Franklin and Gordon rivers.

Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park lies in the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, just an hour from Strahan. Along the Lyell Highway, short walks provide easy access to view the famous Franklin River, while at Strahan, commercial cruises provide access to the magnificent Macquarie Harbour and Gordon River.

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​​Much of the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park is remote and rugged. However, along the Lyell Highway through the heart of the park, a number of attractive stop-off points provide a glimpse of the treats in store for those who have the time, equipment and fitness to explore this remarkable area.

The wheelchair-friendly Franklin Nature Trail is an ideal stopover for a toilet break and a picnic.  Two wild rivers – the Franklin and the Surprise – wind through this area.  Other excellent walks within easy access of the highway are a temperate rainforest stroll to Donaghys Hill and a nature trail to the majestic Nelson Falls​; two of Tasmania's 60 Great Short Walks.

A short, five-minute walk along the eastern bank of the Collingwood River leads to the junction of the Alma and Collingwood rivers where summer rafting and k​ayaking parties can be seen setting off for the mighty Franklin. While two weeks of thrill-seeking on the rapids and pounding gorges of untamed rivers may not be everyone’s cup of tea, you can’t help but share the excitement of these daring adventurers. You need to be an experienced paddler or in the company of an experienced, qualified river guide to tackle this remote and extremely challenging river.​

For hard-core walkers, there is no better way to appreciate the grandeur of the park than the multi-day walk to Frenchmans Cap​. This attractive but distant peak can be seen from the Lyell Highway on King William Saddle which also affords a spectacular view of the King William Range and Mount Rufus. The glacier-shaped wild river landscape is truly captivating.  

The Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park is also accessible by cruise boat from Strahan.

Experiences in Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park

Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park

Donaghys Hill

Enjoy views of wilderness, rugged mountains and the Franklin River. The track climbs a small hill at an easy grade and leads you to the lookout, perched on a rocky pinnacle.

40 minutes return, 2.2km, Grade 2
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Fishing on the rocks at Friendly Beaches, Freycinet National Park

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Fishing

Tasmania has a wealth of excellent inland and ocean fishing locations where you can cast your line.

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Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park

Franklin Nature Trail

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Those travelling between Queenstown and Derwent Bridge will cross this well-known wilderness river on their way. Plan a rest stop here and enjoy the tranquillity of water and rainforest.

25 minutes return, 1km, Grade 1
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Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park

Frenchmans Cap

Frenchmans Cap is the dazzling white monarch of the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Guarded by the mighty Franklin River, it is one of our most challenging, most spectacular, and most rewarding bushwalks.

3 - 5 days return, 54km return , Grade 4
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Lake Rhona

A picturesque alpine lake hidden amongst the peaks of the Denison Ranges within the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.

2-3 days, 28km return, Grade 4
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Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park

Mount McCall Track (4WD)

The Mt McCall Track is one-day return drive into the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and the Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.

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Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park

Nelson Falls

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Located in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, visitors can reach the delightful Nelson Falls after a gentle walk. Break the long drive and stretch your legs—you won’t be disappointed.

20 minutes return, 1.4km return, Grade 1
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Group rafting on the Franklin River

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Rafting and kayaking

Tasmania’s oceans and rivers have a well-deserved reputation as some of the cleanest in the world, and what better way to explore these wondrous waterways than up-close and self-propelled.

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