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All our Franklin River rafting tours depart from Hobart. We pick up from most areas close to Hobart, and anywhere en route to the river (see individual tour itineraries for details). Cars can be parked and luggage stored at our Hobart base.

Getting there, Transport

>> Air: 
Qantas Airlines Australia’s international and domestic airline. Flies into Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie.
Jetstar Airlines Qantas’ discount domestic airline. Flies into Hobart and Launceston.
Virgin Australia Airline Discount airline owned by Virgin Australia. Flies into Hobart and Launceston.

>> Sea:
Spirit of Tasmania Passenger ferry (phone 132010) sails at least once daily between Geelong and Devonport.

>> Bus:
Hobart Sky Bus $20 p.p. or approximately $50 by taxi for up to four people to the CBD.
Tasmanian Redline Coaches Statewide bus system – meets the Spirit of Tasmania and departs from all city centres.


  • >> Astor Private Hotel 157 Macquarie St. Hobart TAS 7000 // Telephone +61 6234 6611 //  Luxury ensuite accommodation, also budget B&B rooms with shared facilities.
  • >> Travellodge Hotel Hobart 167 Macquarie St. Hobart TAS 7000 // Telephone +61 36220 7100 // Ensuite and television, room only.
  • >> Somerset on the Pier Elizabeth St Pier Hobart TAS 7000 // 1800 620 462 // 4 1/2 star apartment hotel overlooking the water.

Quick Beds Hotels at knockdown prices.
Hotel Club Worldwide online hotel reservation service.
Wotif Online booking facilities for last-minute hotels and holiday packages.
trivago The world’s top hotel price comparison site.

Useful Information

Books / Maps

‘The ever varying flood’ by Baxter / Griffith
‘Shooting the Franklin’ by Dean
‘Death of a river guide’ and ‘A Terrible Beauty’ by Richard Flanagan
‘Wild rivers’ by Dombrovskis / Brown
‘Upriver’ by Alice Hungerford
‘Alpine Plants Identikit’ and ‘Rainforest Plants Identikit’ by Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania
‘South West Tasmania’ by Ken Collins

TASMAP Franklin 1: 100,000
TASMAP Olga 1: 100,000
TASMAP Frenchman’s Cap 1: 50,000

Hobart / Outdoor Shops

Most are located in Elizabeth Street, north of The Mall

Dunlop Volleys (cheap but invaluable river ‘crampons’) from ‘Allgoods‘, ‘Target’, ‘BigW’ or ‘Kmart’


Climate – During the summer months (December to March) the daily maximum temperature normally ranges between 17°C and 30°C. Climate chart for Hobart – 10 metres above sea level

MonthMax-min daily temp.MonthMax-min daily temp.
January23 – 11July11 – 5
February23 – 11August12 – 4
March21 – 9September14 – 5
April17 – 8October17 – 7
May13 – 6November18 – 8
June11 – 6December21 – 10

For more detailed and current weather information check the Bureau of Meteorology page.

Hobart / Things to do

Some Hobart icons: Brooke Street Pier – Cascades Brewery – Salamanca Markets – Taroona Shot Tower – by Water by Nature Tasmania – Franklin River Rafting
Some Hobart icons: Brooke Street Pier – Cascades Brewery – Salamanca Markets – Taroona Shot Tower – by Water by Nature Tasmania – Franklin River Rafting

Hobart / Food and drinks


Steak – Ball and Chain Grill: Salamanca Place, +61 3 6223 2655

Tapas – Frank, Marine Board Building, adjacent to Elizabeth Pier, Hobart waterfront, +61 3 6231 5005

Seafood – The Drunken Admiral: Constitution Dock Ph. +61 36234 1903

Upmarket fish and chips – Fish Frenzy, Elizabeth Pier, Hobart waterfront, +61 3 6231 2134

Coffee – Retro Café: Salamanca Place

Restaurant strip – Elizabeth St., North Hobart 20 minutes walk north from the Mall


Rektango – free concert on Salamanca Square 6pm – 7.30pm Friday

Salamanca Place, Elizabeth Pier, Post Street Bar

Republic Bar – North Hobart lots of life music

New Sydney Hotel, Bathurst Street – Irish music

Wrest Point Casino

Hobart Docks with kunanyi (Mt Wellington) and TMAG - Water by Nature Tasmania-Franklin River Rafting
Hobart Docks with kunanyi (Mt Wellington) and TMAG – Water by Nature Tasmania-Franklin River Rafting

Things to do in Tasmania

RoamWild Lost Mines Ancient Pines Tours
>> RoamWild Tasmania

– RoamWild Tasmania is based in the Paragon Theater – a 1933 art deco cinema restaurant in Queenstown. Anthony loves to share his wealth of local knowledge on his splendid half or full day adventure tours in and around his home town. Get beyond ordinary and explore one of the world’s last truly wild places of most ancient rainforests rich with Huon and King Billy pine.

>> Tasmanian Wilderness Experiences – TWE offer fully guided bush-walking tours, a transport shuttle service from Hobart to all National Parks, comfortable accommodation, equipment hire and food for the track.

>> Discover Tasmania Discover Tasmania is Tasmania’s official Tour Directory & Vacation Guide website, EVENTS galore!

>> Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre Hobart are experts in all things Tasmanian. They take great pride in helping you design the perfect Tasmanian holiday.

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys
>> Pennicott Wilderness Journeys

Whether you choose Bruny Island Cruises, Tasman Island Cruises, Bruny Island Traveller, Iron Pot Cruises or Tasmanian Seafood Seduction you won’t be disappointed! Pennicott Wilderness Journeys has something for everyone…

>> Freycinet Adventures Award winning guided sea kayak tours into the heart of stunning Freycinet National Park. The tours are family friendly and suitable for beginners.

>> Cradle Mountain Canyons Climb, Jump, Abseil and Swim through Cradle Mountain’s Ancient Canyons.

>> Roaring 40°s Kayaking offers premium sea kayaking eco-tours into the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area that range from three to seven days as well as day tours in some of the most beautiful waterways surrounding Hobart. They also offer instructional lessons for the beginner paddler and kayak rentals.

Things to do in Australia

>> Region X Award winning sustainable, environmentally responsible, healthy lifestyle, nature based guided kayak tours and hire throughout the Batemans Marine Park. Batemans Bay – Mossy Point – Broulee – Moruya – in the Unspoilt Eurobodalla Shire – South Coast NSW Australia.

>> Coral Sea Kayaking an outdoor adventure company based in beautiful Mission Beach, Tropical North Queensland, Australia.

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