Trek Frenchmans Cap | Rafting Franklin River | Tasmania Adventure

Franklin River and Frenchman's Cap

For the ultimate Tasmanian wilderness experience, this 11 day rafting trip takes advantage of the access the Franklin River offers to the prized summit of the Frenchman's Cap. From Irenabyss on the Franklin River, you will undertake a one-day ascent from the river to the quartzite dome of Frenchman's Cap (1443m), from where you can enjoy 360 degree views over the entire south west wilderness. Returning to the river you'll continue this classic rafting adventure, meeting the challenges of Great Ravine, Propsting Gorge and Newlands Cascades. The massive temperate rainforests of the lower Franklin and Gordon Rivers are an inspirational reminder of what was saved when the Franklin Dam was stopped in 1983. Led by experienced rafting guides, this rafting expedition is recognised by many as one of the greatest wilderness experiences on earth. Our trip was named the best river journey in the world by Outside Magazine in 2012. Join on us on this real wilderness experience of a lifetime.

Brief Itinerary

  • DAY 1 Depart Launceston transfer to Collingwood Bridge, commence rafting
  • DAY 2 Raft to Irenabyss
  • DAY 3/4 Frenchman's Cap climb
  • DAY 5 Raft the Upper Franklin
  • DAY 6 Raft to the Great Ravine
  • DAY 7 Raft to Rafters Basin
  • DAY 8 Propsting Gorge to Newlands Cascade
  • DAY 9 Raft the Lower Franklin
  • DAY 10 Raft the Lower Gordon River, complete rafting
  • DAY 11 Transfer by sailboat to Strahan, return to Launceston

recommendations (9)

Seeing the great ravine in flood was absolutely sensational. We were lucky enough to see the river and the weather in all its moods - freezing cold rainy days right through to sunny 30 degree days. A calm, tranquil, stunningly beautiful river right through to a raging beast! It was all absolutely mind blowing. Loved the adrenalin! Jordie is an absolute river god! Such amazing knowledge, skill and composure, he made the trip an absolute dream come true. We had an awesome small group, with 4 great guides so plenty of laughs and shenanigans. Thankyou so much!! Cant rate it highly enough.

D. Rob. Exmouth, WA.

I'd like to thank the guides for their sense of adventure, safety and professionalism - we were taken through some of the most beautiful terrain in the world.

J. Cross. North Balwyn, VIC.

The guides Jordy and Yak were brilliant. Jordy in particular worked hard doing all the cooking and both were really good guides.

C. Vardanega Robina, QLD.

I've just finished the Franklin / Frenchmans Cap trip and thought I should let you know what great staff you've got.

Geordie and Yak continue the run of great guides I've had the pleasure of meeting, going back to the old AHE days in '85. These two guys are outstanding - great service, great sense of humour and as a bonus great cooks! Nothing was too hard or too much trouble. Our whole group was impressed and had a great time.

I should also add that Fiona in the booking office has been a great help the past few years with booking all our trips - again, nothing's been too much trouble.

You've got some great staff.

D. Healey. Concord West, NSW.

My second trip with Tassie Exp.! The guides are awesome and everything is well organized. The raft trip on the Franklin without seeing anybody else for 10 days besides our group was the highlight of traveling around the world so far!

J. Gronemeyer. California, USA.

With plenty or rain to swell the river and make rafting easier and more fun (bigger rapids and less portage) combined with excellent weather for our trip, it would have been hard not to have had a good time. However the 2 wonderful guides worked tirelessly to give us a fantastic holiday. They were knowledgeable about flora, fauna, geology and history of the area. They were almost too good at rafting - even during the most challenging parts of the river I never felt remotely unsafe with them at the helm! Add to that that they were excellent cooks and very kind considerate people. I would not do this holiday again as I very much doubt it could live up to the experience I had this time! Magnificent

Ruth J. via TripAdvisor

Congratulations to Tasmanian Expeditions and World Expeditions for their first-class commitment to the environment. It was by far the cleanest and most sustainable rafting trip I have ever done.
And congratulations to the guides as well. To see their skill and confidence in handling fully-laden rafts in tough conditions in places such as the Great Ravine was a revelation. Their commitment to looking after both the river and the clients was impeccable. Great food as well! It was a pleasure to be rafting with Dan, Alayne and Geordi.

Geoff Law. Hobart, TAS

"World Expeditions don't only provide a trip of a lifetime down the world's premier white water rafting river, they take you safely, surely and with great respect for the environment. They have been on the river for more than thirty years. No two trips on the Franklin River, with its side canyons, waterfalls, sea eagles, platypuses and ancient Huon Pines, are the same. Don't forget your camera!"

Dr. Bob Brown Tasmania, Australia

And now for a happy conservation story: The Franklin Riverís ecosystem environment is one of the most pristine on earth thanks to hawk-like activism and conservation efforts by Tasmanian Expeditions, the company that pioneered the first commercial descent back in 1978. (Incidentally, for Everest historians, Lincoln Hall was on that first trip.) Since then, the company has led efforts to prevent a dam in 1983, continues to remove noxious weed infestations along the banks, and manages the nearly invisible, leave-no-trace campsites.

This nine-day trip that passes canyon gorges, cascading waterfalls, and floats mellow pools is a total commitmentóonce you start, the only way out is to keep rafting.

Outside Online 2 July 2012 USA



MEALS: *10 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 10 dinners ACCOMMODATION: *10 nights camping GUIDES: *Professional rafting guides TRANSPORT: *Transport by private minibus *Sailboat from Lower Gordon River to Strahan EQUIPMENT: *All safety and rafting equipment including rafts, wetsuit, paddling jacket & waterproof storage for personal gear *Group camping equipment *Emergency communications & group first aid kit


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  • Duration: 11 days
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  • Next Trip: 14 November 2018
Pricing: AU $2,995.00

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