Holidays in Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park

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Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park

Explore rugged wilderness in this western Tasmanian region. Its early conservation efforts led to the establishment of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Escape to the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park for a challenging venture into remote wilderness areas or a peaceful walk through scenic landscapes. Aborigines inhabited the area for thousands of years. Today the park provides opportunities for all visitors, from backpacking hikers to travellers in wheelchairs.

When a dam was proposed on the Franklin River in 1982, thousands of people staged a non-violent civil protest in rubber ducky boats, successfully blocking construction of the dam. See this site today with its natural beauty unblemished by development. Kutikina Cave and similar sites show evidence of Aboriginal inhabitation for more than 36,000 years.

Visit several rivers flowing through the region. Reach the Franklin River from the 56-kilometre (35-mile) Lyell Highway, which winds through the centre of the park. Follow the short Franklin River Nature Trail for views of gorges, rainforest and the Surprise River. This interpretive trail is suitable for wheelchair access. Nearby, the Frenchmans Cap Walking Track offers a challenging 4-day return bushwalking adventure. The Donaghys Hill Wilderness Lookout Walk offers an easier, 40-minute return walk with spectacular views.

The Collingwood River offers a starting point for rafting trips continuing down the Franklin. Reserve a spot for this 2-week trip through the wilderness. The Gordon River’s dark waters cut through a dense forest. Make a stop along its banks at Sarah Island, which served as a penal colony for 11 years in the early 1800s. Convicts harvested pine trees and built ships here, making the area Australia’s biggest shipyard for a time.

Purchase a single-day, holiday, annual or 2-year pass to enjoy this and other national parks. Check the Tasmanian National Parks website to learn about special days with free admission. Drive about 2.5 hours west from Hobart to reach Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Alternatively, travel from Strahan on Tasmania’s western coast on a cruise boat along the lower Gordon River.

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67 Cheap Hotels Near Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park

Pedder Wilderness Lodge
Pedder Wilderness Lodge
3.5 out of 5
Gordon River Road, Strathgordon, TAS
The price is AU$139 per night from 31 Jan. to 1 Feb.
Situated on a lake, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Jacks Track and Lake Pedder Lookout. Teds Beach and Gordon Dam are also within 9 mi (15 km).
4.2/5 Very Good! (192 reviews)
"Staff were very friendly and helpful and the amenities provided are great. We stayed in the basic accommodation (Tim Shea wing). This was fine but the walls between rooms were very thin and not really adequate for what one would expect of private accommodation."

Reviewed on 1 Dec. 2021

Pedder Wilderness Lodge
Pedder Wilderness Lodge
Pedder Wilderness Lodge
3 out of 5
1 GORDON RIVER RD, Strathgordon, TAS
Situated in Strathgordon, this hotel is steps away from Southwest Conservation Area and Tasmanian Wilderness. Jacks Track and Southwest National Park are also ...
Pedder Wilderness Lodge
Lake St Clair Lodge
Lake St Clair Lodge
4 out of 5
Lake St Clair Road, Derwent Bridge, TAS
The price is AU$360 per night from 19 Jan. to 20 Jan.
Situated on a lake, this lodge is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, and within 3 mi (5 km) of The Wall in the Wilderness and ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (315 reviews)
"I enjoyed the location and staff"

Reviewed on 9 Oct. 2021

Lake St Clair Lodge
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Top Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Gold Rush Inn
Gold Rush Inn
3 out of 5
65 Batchelor Street, Queenstown, TAS
The price is AU$134 per night from 20 Jan. to 21 Jan.
Gold Rush Inn
Pedder Wilderness Lodge
Pedder Wilderness Lodge
3.5 out of 5
Gordon River Road, Strathgordon, TAS
The price is AU$139 per night from 31 Jan. to 1 Feb.
Pedder Wilderness Lodge
Pedder Wilderness Lodge
Pedder Wilderness Lodge
3 out of 5
1 GORDON RIVER RD, Strathgordon, TAS
Pedder Wilderness Lodge
Lake St Clair Lodge
Lake St Clair Lodge
4 out of 5
Lake St Clair Road, Derwent Bridge, TAS
The price is AU$360 per night from 19 Jan. to 20 Jan.
Lake St Clair Lodge
Derwent Bridge Chalets & Studios
Derwent Bridge Chalets & Studios
3.5 out of 5
15478 Lyell Highway, Derwent Bridge, TAS
The price is AU$190 per night from 21 Jan. to 22 Jan.
Derwent Bridge Chalets & Studios
Pumphouse Point
Pumphouse Point
3.5 out of 5
1 Lake St Clair Road, Lake St. Clair, TAS
Pumphouse Point
Tarraleah Estate
Tarraleah Estate
4 out of 5
Main Square, 25 Oldina Drive, Tarraleah, TAS
The price is AU$155 per night from 9 Feb. to 10 Feb.
Tarraleah Estate
Strahan Village
Strahan Village
4 out of 5
The Esplanade, Strahan, TAS
The price is AU$139 per night from 4 Feb. to 5 Feb.
Strahan Village
The Lodge at Tarraleah - Adults Only
The Lodge at Tarraleah - Adults Only
4 out of 5
25 Main square, Olinda Drive, Tarraleah, TAS
The Lodge at Tarraleah - Adults Only
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