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Why raft the Franklin River?

Wilderness whitewater rafting on the Franklin River is one of the world’s best adventures (rated #1 by Lonely Planet, read more here). This World Heritage-listed wonder cuts through rugged terrain, offering a thrilling ride down surging rapids, serene canyons and ancient forests. You may encounter unique wildlife such as platypus, quolls, wallabies, and majestic sea eagles along the way.

Embark on an incredible, professionally guided 5 to 10-day trip down the iconic Franklin River with us. See our trip dates and prices below or call me anytime on +61 408242941 (Brett)


Group of rafters at Newland Cascades Franklin River Tasmania

Groups

Our small group tours stand out for their flexibility – whether it’s regarding departure dates and times, trip duration, dietary preferences or fitness considerations. Unlike other operators we don’t believe in ‘one size fits all’.

We may be able to customise the length and start date of your Franklin River rafting tour if you have a group of four or more. We can and have run Full River expeditions of 5 to 14 days, Upper River tours of 4 to 8 days and Lower River trips of 3 to 6 days duration.

Please enquire regarding group charters and possible discounts for groups of four or more. Call Brett on +61 408242941 anytime or use our Contact form.

Lunch spread on a Franklin River trip

Catering

Let us pamper you with delicious, nutritious exotic and traditional cuisine. Our guides take pride in their cooking skills and go to great lengths to procure fresh Tasmanian produce and provide a varied and interesting menu.

If you have any special dietary requirements or preferences just let us know in advance. We can cater for vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, lactose free and low sodium diets.

Happy rafters on the Franklin River

Fitness Levels

Franklin River rafting trips are true expedition holidays. There are many rapids, some may require strenuous portages. No previous whitewater rafting experience is necessary, but please be aware that rafting and camping in this untamed and remote wilderness does require at minimum a medium fitness level and a sense of adventure.

The minimum age is 16. We have no maximum age limit. Several people in their seventies have successfully completed Franklin River rafting trips with us.

We were fortunate to paddle the full raftable length of the Franklin River with the very pleasant and fit Herb Elliott, 76 and his family group, over 5 days in November 2014. He said he was a little tired at the end of the trip and felt fine a day later.


Dates and Prices

We offer discounts for groups of three or more on some trips. Please contact us regarding specials and group rates.
Call us on +61 408242941 anytime or use the Contact form below.


The most popular

Full Franklin River Rafting Trips

QUICK FACTS / LOGISTICS

>> We start and finish in Hobart with exclusive hotel pickups (7:30 am) and drop offs (6:30 pm) around central Hobart. You can also join us at Derwent Bridge.

>> On our bespoke Full Franklin River Rafting expeditions you will travel the full navigable length of the magnificent Franklin River, finishing at picturesque Sir John Falls on the Gordon River (about 110 km all up). A few of the many highlights along the way are: Junction, Irenabyss, Blushrock Falls, Great Ravine, Livingston Cut, Rafters Basin, Rock Island Bend and Newlands Cascades.

>> The final day of your trip starts with a spectacular yacht journey down the Gordon River and across Macquarie Harbour to Strahan. A coach ride gets us back to Hobart.

>> It usually takes 7 days to comfortably raft the full navigable length of the Franklin River. On the 8 day trip we have an extra day to either take it slower or have a rest day.

>>On most of the 9 or 10 day trips you can choose to embark on a day walk to the impressive Frenchmans Cap. (NOTE: This walk is highly weather and river level dependent and not a guaranteed part of the trip).


7 Day Full River from $3950

8 Day Full River from $3950


Trip notes 7 day full

Trip notes 8 day full

Equipment List


Deposit AUD 200 per person.

Please call us on +61 408242941 to waitlist.

Departures 2024

Feb 22 – 28 (7-day AUD 3850) confirmed
Mar 2-9 (8-day AUD 3950) needs 2 more to go
Mar 10-16 (7-day AUD 3950)
Mar 20-27 (8-day AUD 3950) confirmed
Mar 30 – Apr 5 (7-day Easter AUD 4150) confirmed
Apr 6-12 (7-day AUD 3950)
Apr 14-20 (7-day AUD 3950) needs 2 more to go
Apr 21-27 (7-day AUD 3950)

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Oct 6 – 12 (7 day AUD 4150)
Oct 19 – 25 (7 day AUD 4150)
Oct 27 – Nov 2 (7 day AUD 4150)
Nov 4 – 10 (7 day AUD 4150)
Nov 10 – 16 (7 day AUD 4150)
Nov 16 – 22 (7 day AUD 4150) confirmed
Nov 23 – 30 (8 day AUD 4250)
Dec 1 – 7 (7 day AUD 4150)
Dec 7 – 14 (8-day AUD 4250)
Dec 16 –23 (8-day AUD 4250)
Dec 27 – Jan 2 (7 day AUD 4350)

Departures 2025

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Jan 4-11 (8-day AUD 4150)
Jan 9 – 16 (8 day AUD 4250)
Jan 18 – 25 (8 day AUD 4250) needs 2 more to go
Mar 8 – 15 (8 day AUD 4250)
Mar 15 – 22 (8 day AUD 4250)
Mar 23 – 29 (7 day AUD 4150)
Mar 30 – Apr 5 (7 day AUD 4150)
Apr 6 – 12 (7 day AUD 4150)
Apr 18 – 24 (7 day Easter AUD 4350)
Apr 27 – May 3 (7 day AUD 4150)

9 Day Full River &
Frenchmans Cap from $4400

10 Day Full River &
Frenchmans Cap from $4700


Trip notes 9 day full

Trip notes 10 day full

Equipment List


Deposit AUD 200 per person.

Please call us on +61 408242941 to waitlist.

Departures 2024

Feb 22 – Mar 2 (10-day AUD 4700) confirmed
Feb 29 – Mar 9 (10-day AUD 4700)
Mar 14-22 (9-day AUD 4400)

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Nov 15 – 23 (9 day AUD 4400)
Dec 14 – 23 (10-day AUD 4700)
Dec 28 – Jan 5 (9 day AUD 4600)

Departures 2025

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Jan 8 – 17 (10 day AUD 4700)
Jan 24 – Feb 1 (9 day AUD 4600)
Jan 30 – Feb 8 (10 day AUD 4700)
Feb 7 – 15 (9 day AUD 4400)
Feb 13 – 22 (10 day AUD 4700)
Feb 21 – Mar 1 (9 day AUD 4400)
Feb 27 – Mar 8 (10 day AUD 4700)
Mar 13 – 21 (9 day AUD 4400)
Mar 27 – Apr 4 (9 day AUD 4400)

Prices subject to change without notice.
Confirmed departures have min. 2 spaces available.


The shorter ones

Upper and Lower Franklin River Trips

QUICK FACTS / LOGISTICS

>> All our trips start and finish in Hobart with exclusive hotel pickups and drop offs around central Hobart. You can also join us at Derwent Bridge.

>> We offer 6 or 7 day trips on the upper and middle sections of the Franklin River incl. the optional day walk to Frenchmans Cap. (NOTE: This walk is highly weather and river level dependent and not a guaranteed part of the trip). We leave Hobart around 7:30 am on day 1 and head west to the Collingwood River. After rafting for 5 km we reach the junction with the famous Franklin River which we will be following for another 65 km to Mt McCall. A few of the many highlights along the way are: Junction, Irenabyss, possibly Frenchmans Cap, Blushrock Falls, Great Ravine, Livingston Cut and Rafters Basin. On the last day an epic 4WD journey takes you to Queenstown and on to Hobart (circa 6:30 pm).

>> Our 5 Day Lower River trip gives you a taste of rafting the Franklin River. We leave Hobart around 13 pm on day 1 and head west to spend a night in a B&B in Queenstown. The next morning we 4WD to Mt. McCall and walk down to the Franklin River. On this trip you will raft some of the best rapids the Franklin River has to offer through Propsting Gorge. After Newlands Cascades, experience the mood of the river change along the tranquil reaches of the Lower Franklin River to Sir John Falls (about 45km). A few of the many highlights along the way are: Propsting Gorge, Trojans, Rock Island Bend, Newlands Cascades and Verandah Cliffs. The final day of your trip consists of a spectacular yacht journey down the Gordon River and across Macquarie Harbour and then a coach back to Hobart (circa 6:30 pm).


7 Day Upper River &
Frenchmans Cap from $3850

6 Day Upper River &
Frenchmans Cap from $3800


Trip Notes 7 Day Upper

Trip Notes 6 Day Upper

Equipment List


Deposit AUD 200 per person.

Please call us on +61 408242941 to waitlist.

Departures 2024

Feb 22-28 (7-day upper AUD 3850) confirmed
Feb 29 – Mar 6 (7-day upper AUD 3850)
Mar 14-19 (6-day upper AUD 3800)

Nov 15 – 20 (6 day upper AUD 3800)
Dec 14 – 20 (7 day upper AUD 3850)
Dec 28 – Jan 2 (6 day upper AUD 3900)

Departures 2025

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Jan 8 – 14 (7 day upper AUD 3850)
Jan 30 – Feb 5 (7 day upper AUD 3850)
Feb 13 – 19 (7 day upper AUD 3850)
Feb 27 – Mar 5 (7 day upper AUD 3850)

5 Day Lower River from $3500


Trip Notes 5 Day Lower

Equipment List


Deposit AUD 200 per person.

Please call us on +61 408242941 to waitlist.

Departures 2024

Feb 27 – Mar 2 (5-day AUD 3500)
Mar 5-9 (5-day AUD 3500)
Mar 18-22 (5-day AUD 3500)

Nov 19 – 23 (5 day lower AUD 3500)
Dec 19 – 23 (5 day lower AUD 3500)

Departures 2025

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Jan 1 – 5 (5 day lower AUD 3700)
Jan 13 – 17 (5 day lower AUD 3500)
Feb 4 – 8 (5 day lower AUD 3500)
Feb 18 – 22 (5 day lower AUD 3500)
Mar 4 – 8 (5 day lower AUD 3500)


Prices subject to change without notice.
Confirmed departures have min. 2 spaces available


What our guests say after rafting the Franklin River with us.

Reviews

Rafting along the Franklin River in the morning light

Fantastic Adventure
We had a wonderful trip down the Franklin with Water by Nature. Exceptional guides with plenty of experience and really great cooking skills! The river is stunning. Well worth making a booking as the guides would make the trip safe and enjoyable in any conditions.

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Raft drifting through the Irenabyss

A wonderful trip
Turns out I really like rafting and rapids. I was so well looked after that even though I was a real nervous Nelly, by the end I was asking for more rapids. The scenery is wonderful and being in that remote setting for 10 days is such a special experience, I can’t recommend it enough. I won’t go into details of all the special bits and pieces, you can find that out for yourself.

Like all things that are worth doing it is tough but the rewards are equal to it and you will be well looked after and guided along the way. Just book it, you won’t regret it.

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Thunderush in the Great Ravine

Rafting down the Franklin
Whitewater rafting down the legendary franklin river was an amazing experience I would highly recommend, the scenery, nature, wildlife and food was incredible.
The guides were very professional, informative about the history of the river, welcoming, nice and friendly. I had a blast on the 7day tour and would definitely do it again 10/10

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Pig Trough waterfall on the Franklin RIver, Tasmania

Awesome
Hey Brett, I want to publicly thank you and your team for the fantastic trip down the Franklin. Your vast experience on the river came to the fore, your incredible culinary skills shone through, the effort you made to make our trip rewarding was utterly inspiring. My experience in that amazing wilderness will be long remembered. Many thanks. Col

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― Andy Warhol

Les T. hanging out in camp at Newlands - reading

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“Thanks for a great trip, I had a fantastic time and found some muscles that I haven’t used for a long time.”

Raft running Newlands Cascades rapid on the Franklin River in Tasmania

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Raft heading down Thunderush rapid in the Great Ravine

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Brett and crew running Logjam rapid on the Franklin River Tasmania

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Brett and crew running the corkscrew rapid

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A fascination with a cartoon animal and a Class V river lured her to the empty wilderness of Tasmania. Turns out the raw side of Down Under offers an amazing number of pristine places to camp, surf, hike, mountain bike, and kayak. Stephanie Pearson goes all in.

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