Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers – some four and a half thousand square kilometers of remarkable wilderness
The Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park is just 117 kilometers west of Hobart and is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area.
The national park consists of almost 4,500 square kilometers of rainforest, soaring peaks, gorges and the wild rivers – the Franklin and the Gordon – which give it its name.
Defined by two mighty rivers
The convergence of the Franklin and Gordon rivers.
The Franklin River is particularly noteworthy as not being impeded along its length and truly a wild river known for white water rapids.
While the Gordon itself is a remarkable river over its 172 kilometer length, it has been used as a source of hydro-electrical power at the dam on Lake Gordon. Through the work of conservationists the Franklin has been spared this.
Frenchmans Cap on the Franklin River, at 1446 meters above sea level can be seen from the west coast of Tasmania and was used as a navigation mark.