Paddle the Franklin
THE FRANKLIN RIVER can be paddled independently if you’re experienced enough, or as part of a guided group. Kayaks and rafts are the most popular craft for the Franklin.
Interestingly, it was a group of canoe paddlers who achieved the first descent, in 1958. But you rarely see canoes on the Franklin these days. The increased manoeuvrability of kayaks, as well as the load-lugging capacity of rafts, make these craft the preferred options.
Unless you are a very experienced paddler, with all the necessary river-running and route-finding experience, join a guided raft trip.
Tasmanian Expeditions has been running trips on the Franklin for 40 years and offers nine-day rafting expeditions. See tasmanianexpeditions.com.au
Franklin River Rafting runs eightand 10-day rafting expeditions.
Water by Nature Tasmania – Franklin River Rafting runs five-, seven- or
10-day expeditions. For information, see franklinrivertasmania.com
After a day’s paddling and portaging (carrying your raft), camping under a tarp is a very pleasant experience.
The ability to carry fresh food in the rafts allows guides to cook up any number of delicious meals each day.