Please note, these walk notes are intended to aid in your decision to undertake the Lake Rhona multiday walk and do not give a complete breakdown of the walk. For information on trip planning, pack lists and safety information, please see our Know Before You Go pages.
Located in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, Lake Rhona is a relatively short, but challenging multiday walk. The changeable weather of the area, and the river crossing at the Gordon River can hamper even the most prepared walker's plans. Pack extra food and be prepared to turn back in the event of high waters, or wait for calmer conditions.
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Day 1 - Richea Creek carpark to Lake Rhona
From Richea Creek carpark, a relatively gentle path takes you to the Gordon River crossing in under an hour. Take care when crossing and do not attempt after heavy rainfall or if moderate to heavy rain is forecast during your trip. When the river is at lower levels, walkers can wade across the 50 metre crossing with care. Gordon River is the last major stop for fresh water before reaching Lake Rhona.
The track from the river crosses some very muddy sections of buttongrass and dry sclerophyll forest before a 2 km climb towards Lake Rhona, perched 300m above the valley floor. The climb is quite steep and exposed, but with rewarding views.
Campsites at Lake Rhona are located behind the dunes and there are some tent sites trackside on the valley floor.
Day 2 - Lake Rhona to Richea Creek carpark
Retrace your steps towards the carpark. Walkers are advised to camp on the buttongrass moorlands if waiting for the river to drop, as the forest floor can flood with little warning during heavy rain.