Franklin River

I was particularly impressed by the level of knowledge and professionalism exhibited by the river guides, Shaun and Anna. Whether it be tackling a difficult rapid, describing the fauna, flora and history of the area, preparing the campsite, producing amazing meals or subtly directing and supporting me in potentially dangerous situations, I always felt completely safe and comfortable.


Frenchman's Cap Trek

The spectacular Frenchman's Cap rises 1443 metres out of the Gordon-Franklin Wild Rivers National Park. The eastern side of the peak is home to Tasmania's oldest rock, an impressive 300m overhanging rock wall face of Precambrian quartzite. This superb trek to Frenchman's Cap is a 46km return journey over varying terrain including open button grass plains and dense rainforests with steep ascents. Amidst this truly wild area you will discover an abundance of wildlife including many endemic bird species. By allowing five days of walking and camping under the summit, the carefully thought out itinerary allows a greater chance of visiting the peak in fine weather. From the summit you will be rewarded with spectacular views throughout the Tasmanian wilderness including Mt. Ossa, the Arthur Range and Macquarie Harbour.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Depart Launceston to Frenchmans trail walk to Phillips Lead
DAY 2 Walk to Lake Vera
DAY 3 Lake Vera to Lake Tahune
DAY 4 Summit Frenchman's Cap & explore surrounding area
DAY 5 Trek to Loddon camp
DAY 6 Walk out to trail head and transfer back to Launceston

traveller reviews

My friend Peter and i recently completed your Frenchman's Cap Trek in the Franklin/Gordon wild rivers national park. It was a challenging but amazing experience getting to see first hand the many and varied aspects of the Tasmanian bush. We made the summit on a very clear day and was able to take in the wonderful views of the surrounding lakes and peaks for miles around. Our trip was topped off on the last night by Scott providing us with a bbq and cold beer (best ever).

But you know all of reason for the email is to say a big thank you to our three guides.
The support we received from Will, Brenton and Ash was exceptional.They were respectful of our ages, pleasant, encouraging and professional at all times. Nothing was too much trouble, whether it be helping us with our tents, notifying us when a cuppa was on, cooking our meals, ensuring our safety, giving advice, or simply having a chat. I was incredibly impressed with these young guys who displayed a maturity beyond their years.

Thank you Tasmanian Expeditions.

T. Przibilla Brighton, SA.

Trip Grading
Duration:  6 days
Activities:  Trekking with a Full Pack Walking
AU $1,795.00
Per Person

Ex Launceston

No local payments required

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