Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers


Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park is located some 30km east of Queenstown. As the name suggests the park has a network of wild waterways flowing throughout it. The 56km drive through the park along Lyell Hwy finds raging rivers, mountainous scenery and falls.

The Surprise Valley Lookout, accessible only from the east, offers beautiful valley and mountain views with lush dense growth between the ranges.


Further on is the Franklin River Nature Trail which is an easy 1km walking circuit through woodlands, exploring the Franklin and Surprise Rivers. As most of the park is rugged wilderness inaccessible by vehicle this walk gives insight into the many wild rivers which roam the national park. The Franklin River swinging bridge provides views from directly above the river.


The 4-5 day Frenchmans Cap Walking Trail continues on from the Franklin River Nature Trail. The demanding walk to the 1446m summit requires bush hiking experience, physical fitness and adequate supplies and research, particularly as the area is subject to extreme climate changes. Hikers must register at the booth near the swinging bridge for safety reasons.

The Nelson Falls Nature Trail on the western side of the park is an easy 10minute walk through rainforest to these powerful and magnificent falls, raging down the Nelson River. Learn theories of how the falls were formed by reading the informative signs along the way.

Lake Burbury is west of the falls and is one of Tasmania’s primary trout fishing locations. The stunning lake with its mountainous backdrop is a magnificent setting in which to drop a line in the water and enjoy the view. A boat ramp is located here as well as a cheap camp ground charging $5 per night per vehicle. Fishing regulations require a current angling licence and size and bag limits apply of 220mm and 20 fish in total possession (both Rainbow and Brown Trout combined).


National Park entry fees of $24 per vehicle or $12 per person for 24 hours apply. If you plan to visit a few parks whilst in Tasmania it is certainly worth purchasing the annual parks pass for $96 per vehicle which allows unlimited access to all parks.

The Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park is a unique and scenic part of the state and part of World Heritage area. Offering visual delights from the seat of your car, short easy walks to rivers and falls and challenging hikes through the wilderness, there is something for everyone to enjoy travelling through this park.

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