Which trip is right for me?
The Franklin River expeditions are a step up from the day trips. Previous rafting experience is a bonus, though not required. However general fitness and experience in outdoor pursuits is recommended. Email our experienced office team for assistance in choosing a trip if you are unsure.
How’s the weather?
Located in Tasmaia’s remote south-west, the Franklin River can experience ‘four seasons in one day’ type weather, regardless of forecast. Tasmania is notorious for its rapid and violent weather changes. The conditions vary considerably year-round. On a warm, clear sunny day you may be paddling in just a T- shirt, but on a bad day with wind and rain, you will be wrapped up in all the warm clothes you have. December, January and February are the warmest and most stable months. November and March are generally cooler and experience a higher chance of rainfall.
What grade are the rapids?
Rapids are graded on an international scale of difficulty from class 1(easy) through to class 6(unrunnable). As a commercial outfitter, we can run rapids up to class 4, which are considered very difficult. The majority of rapids on the Franklin River range between class 2 and 3. The number of class 4 rapids we run generally increases with the water level. This can be extremely hard to predict, although the more unstable months of November and March experience more rainfall and therefore increases the chance of better whitewater.
What is the food like?
Herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, vegan, gluten free…..we introduce you to a wide range of Tasmania’s best fresh local produce and provide multiple course gourmet meals to suit the most fussiest of characters. Our guides are hand picked for their culinary genius as well as their ability to guide you safely down the river. You wont be disappointed, let alone go hungry. Don’t expect to lose weight on our trips.
How hard is the hike to Frenchman’s Cap?
Frenchman’s Cap is debatably Tasmania’s most impressive peak and a world-class day walk. On a clear day it provides views of every major mountain range in Tasmania. Climbing the peak requires a high level of physical fitness and training is recommended to those who are not experienced or already physically fit. Climbing the peak is not guaranteed however. The climb to the Cap is highly exposed to the elements and occasionally conditions are not suitable.
Can I bring my camera?
Whilst we don’t have room for multiple SLR’s with lenses to match, it is possible to bring smaller cameras. The franklin is a nature photographers dream, and it would be a shame to miss some of those bound to be awesome shots. Each raft carries a crushproof Pelican case with water resistant O-ring seals for the cameras. We do recommend bringing disposable waterproof cameras for those moments where it is impossible to use your beloved camera.
What happens if I get sick?
Our guides are trained professionals, qualified in River Rescue, Wilderness First Aid and CPR. In the unlikely event of sickness or injury, your guide has the experience and know how to deal with a wide range of medical situations. We carry a satellite telephone on all of our trips in the event of medical emergency evacuations.
What’s not included?
Flights, Accommodation in Hobart, Alcoholic beverages, Items of a personal nature, Travel insurance (compulsory).
What if I have excess baggage
Excess baggage may be stored at the Astor, or our base.