Please enjoy this small gallery of videos and photos of things we love and care about:
the Franklin River,
remote wilderness and
whitewater rafting in SW-Tasmania.
Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time?” That the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere and that the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past nor the shadow of the future.– Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha
Franklin River wilderness
Franklin River rafting
Jedi’s Franklin River Rafting trip – Sep 14 – 19, 2021
A very early season Franklin River trip with flowering wattles and loads of pink robbins. A week of no rain between two sizable floods made for a perfect trip. The rain started just in time on the second last day to give us an extra boost of flow for the lower flatish section.
Wedge Tailed Eagle above the Irenabyss
With a wingspan of up to 2.74m, the Wedge-Tailed Eagle is the largest raptor in Australia. A lanky bird, it hunts by high soaring flight, circling up on thermal air currents for hundreds of meters and sailing out on upswept wings, its tail fanned and diamond-shaped.
Franklin River Amphibious Echidna
Echidnas, or spiny ant eaters as they are sometimes known, are monotremes (mammals that lay eggs). They have many features which are reptilian in nature such as egg laying, legs that extend outward then downward, and a lower body temperature (about 31-32 C), than other mammals. Surprisingly, echidnas are good swimmers, paddling about with only the snout and a few spines showing.
Franklin River Packrafting
A couple of our guides spent 4 days packrafting the Franklin River in late June, making good use of some beautiful West Coast weather combined with tame river levels (0.74 m at the Collingwood Bridge). They walked out at Mt McCall to avoid the long flat at the end and rainy weather forecast.