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 kayaking 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.
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. Another recommended stopover on the highway is the Surprise Valley Lookout. The glacier-shaped wild river landscape is truly captivating.
The Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park is also accessible by cruise boat from Strahan.