Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park

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Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park is in Tasmania, Australia.


The Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park is a part of the South West Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. It is one of a number national parks, and despite being originally the Frenchmans Cap national park, it was expanded to include a significant part of the South West. It can be accessed from Lyell Highway in the northern part, and it can be entered in the mid region at Strathgordon.



Flora and fauna[edit]

Vegetation types within the park are varied, including cool temperate rainforest, drier eucalypt forests and button grass moorland.


Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

The Lyell Highway (Route A10) runs through the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.

The park has no facilities within its boundary, so to the east is Derwent Bridge, and the west are Queenstown and further towards the coast, Strahan as the nearest places with facilities.

By boat[edit]

Cruise boats departing from Strahan visit the park.


A park entry permit is required.

Get around[edit]

Most of the access is by foot. Unless you are on a rafting venture down the Franklin River.




  • Donaghys Hill Wilderness Lookout Walk. 30–40 minute return walk
  • Franklin River Nature TrailFranklin River, Lyell Highway, Derwent Bridge. An easy 1 km trail through cool temperate rainforest.
  • Frenchmans Cap Track. A challenging 3–5 day hike.
  • Lake Rhona Trail. 7–10 hours (14 km) one way, depending on conditions and fitness level.
  • Nelson Falls Nature Trail (4 km west of Victoria Pass). An easy boardwalk trail to Nelson Falls.





There are picnic tables and toilet facilities at the Franklin River Nature Trail.



A range of accomodation options are available in Strahan.




Stay safe[edit]

Go next[edit]

  • Going east
    • Derwent Bridge
    • Hobart is 2.5 hours drive via the A10 Lyell Highway
  • Going west
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