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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Track closure: Closed tracks due to 2019 fires
From 1/10/2019, last reviewed 21/10/2019

Post this year’s fires, a Recovery Team has been formed and they are developing a detailed works program to rebuild fire-affected infrastructure on the PWS road and walking track network. Visitor safety is our priority and fire affected areas will remain closed until they are safe for use. We ask for on-going patience from the community and our visitors while repair works are undertaken.

The team are working on prioritised tasks to re-instate the affected roads, walking tracks, bridges, shelters and signs. Repaired tracks and roads will be re-opened progressively as they are repaired. However some areas could take up to two years to restore to appropriate standard and re-open.

Assessment teams including local contractors and staff have worked their way through 980kms of the road network. 450 trees have been fallen and 80 trees blasted on PWS land to remove the risk of tree fall and to clear the roadway.

Road works proposed for 2019/20 and 20/21 will include repairs to damaged road surfaces, verges, drains, and culverts. A full assessment of the area will determine when it is safe for public access. As a result of the fires, over 110kms of walking tracks have been identified by assessment teams as needing repair. Walking track repair works proposed for 2019/20 and 20/21 will include stabilization and repairs to duck boarding and double planking, bridges, shelters, safety barriers and signs. Many tracks are in remote, high country where wintery winds, rain and snow melt will continue to influence the progress of recovery, as much of the work is dependent on drier conditions. Many tracks in these areas are likely to remain closed this summer.

Visitor safety is our priority and fire affected areas will remain closed until they are safe for use. We ask for on-going patience from the community and our visitors while repair works are undertaken. Walkers are reminded that, several walking tracks in the Southwest National Park, Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park and Florentine River Regional Reserve remain closed until further notice.

For walker safety we ask people to adhere to the following closures:


Riveaux Road fire ground

  • Huon Track
  • Mount Picton Track
  • Farmhouse Creek Track
  • Eastern Arthur Range Traverse
  • McKays Track

Gell River fire ground

  • Rasselas Track
  • Lake Rhona Track
  • Adamsfield Track
  • Clearhill Track
  • Needles Track
  • Timbs Track

Anne Gorge and Celtic Hill fire ground

  • Mt Anne Circuit

Open tracks – please note the following tracks are open: The Mount Wedge Track, Mount Sprent Track, Western Arthur Range Traverse from Alpha Moraine to Kappa Moraine returning to Junction Creek via the western portion of MacKays Track, Port Davey Track, South Coast Track and the Hartz Mountains National Park are open.​.


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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 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.

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

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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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

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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