Pad­dle the Franklin

Australian Geographic - - Travel With Us -

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.

See franklin­river­raft­ing.com.au

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.

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