Your Trip

The Franklin River Rafting experience is more than just a rafting trip. An expedition with us is about sharing an adventure together in one of the most wild and amazing places on earth. Explore some of the elements that make up your trip.

You and the Franklin

As part of a Franklin River Rafting expedition you will be joining a group of like minded individuals on an adventure of a lifetime.

No previous rafting experience is necessary to participate, a basic level of fitness, a thirst for adventure and a love for the outdoors is all that you require.

People from all walks of life have successfully rafted the river, here is some of the feedback we have received from our guests.

What our guests have to say

James Brown

I had a fantastic time on this trip. I'd recommend this trip to anyone who wants a bit of an adventure. Elias and Franzi are fun, friendly guides and they cook amazing food.

Scott Garrett

Wow the best 8 days I have spent in a long while. The guides at Franklin River Rafting truly made this an adventure whilst making you feel safe for the entire trip. The scenery and food were incredible I shall definitely...

Dale Baldwin

I did this trip with a small group in March 2014 and it was absolutely amazing. The river is one of the most beautiful places I have ever explored and we didn't see another person until we got picked up at the end....

Rafting the Franklin

Rafting or whitewater rafting is a challenging, fun and rewarding outdoor activity using a inflatable raft to navigate your way down a river. Expedition rafting is the ultimate form of rafting since it allows one to encounter wilderness otherwise too remote and inaccessible to reach.

Of all expedition rivers the Franklin River in Tasmania's World Heritage Area is without question one of the best in the world. With its impressive gorges, fun rapids and drinkable pure water the Franklin is a must for all outdoor enthusiasts.

Previous rafting experience is not needed to join our trips, however a love for the outdoors and a thirst for adventure is highly recommended.

Safety on the Franklin

When embarking on a adventure the scale of the Franklin River it is important that you are in the hands of capable professionals.

Franklin River Raftings' staff are senior guides in the whitewater rafting industry with many years of local and international experience. We are whitewater rafting specific and work on rivers all year round, this is what we do and we're proud of it.

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All staff have current Wilderness First Aid and internationally recognised Swift-Water Rescue qualifications.

We don’t like dealing with second grade equipment so why should you? All our equipment is of the highest standard and wherever possible made in Australia.

Our rafts are hand made in New Zealand, are of the highest quality available and comply with all Australian Safety Standards.! We carry a satellite phone and a Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) at all times to ensure the fastest response possible in a emergency situation.

Your Guides

The Franklin River Rafting crew are an eclectic bunch of adventure guides that all share one thing in common, they love the Franklin River

Over the years we have been lured away to far away places all over the world in search of rivers and whitewater, but we always return to our island home.

We like to hang out together on the river and we hope you will too.

Meet the Franklin River Rafting Guides

Elias Eichler, Franklin River Rafting
Elias Eichler
Elias Eichler
Elias Eichler, Franklin River Rafting

Elias grew up in Tasmania and like most of the islands youth wanted to get out and into the big world as soon as possible. After getting out for a bit he realised that paradise was right under his nose all along and returned to the island. In 2003 he began his career as a river guide and has worked on some of the most exciting white water rafting rivers in the world, including; the Tully in Northern Queensland, the source of the Nile in Uganda and the Arctic rivers of Norway. Each one has its own attraction but the river that he has returned to every year since 2004 is the Franklin.

According to Elias, ‘Very few people raft the Franklin each year but those that do often describe it as one of the greatest experiences of their lives’. Over those 10 days you bond with your fellow rafters and it can be emotional saying good-bye once it’s over.

‘We know that this will probably be the only time our guests will have this experience and we want them to share in the joy and wonder we feel for the river.’ ‘That’s why we set up this company; to ensure our guests have the best experience they can on the trip’, ‘with the latest safety equipment and with guides who are truly committed to the river and to them. If you’re only going to do it once, you want to do it right’.

Franzi, Franklin River Rafting
Franzi Eichler
Franzi Eichler
Franzi, Franklin River Rafting

The girl form the mountains of Tyrol in Austria, Franzi is the whirlwind that keeps things moving both on the river and in camp.

Franzi has been the outdoors lifestyle from the time she was a baby, born like most Austrians with a pair of skis on her legs. In 2004 she found herself in Norway and so began her career as a river guide. But it wasn’t until the summer of 2007 when she met her knight in shining armour Elias and with him the Franklin River in Tasmania.

Franzi believes the Franklin River is both physically and emotionally challenging and there is something mystical and almost prehistoric about the environment. It feels truly wild and is an incredibly rewarding experience.

Leon Bedford, Franklin River Rafting
Leon Bedford
Leon Bedford
Leon Bedford, Franklin River Rafting

We are proud to have our good friend "Neon Leon Bedford" as part of the Franklin River Rafting family.

Born into the world with a backpack on his back he is the quintessential outdoor adventure man.

Raised in the wilds of Tasmania Leon spent his childhood learning the craft of the bushman, a real life Bear Grylls.

Upon leaving the nest Leon very quickly became an icon in the Tasmanian outdoor guiding community. His outgoing and energetic character making him a pleasure to work and the perfect member of any expedition.

When he isn't working Leon spends his time seeking adventures all over the globe, generally adopting a chicken along the way to join him on his adventure. Tandoori in Nepal joined him for the whole Annapurna circuit before his untimely departure, whilst Ingham quickly became a local bar fly at the Nile River Explorers camp in Uganda.

A seasoned Franklin River guide he has led countless expeditions safely through the wilds of Tasmania.

As a river professional his work has taken him to Norway, Uganda, Nepal, India and the USA.

His guiding skills have seen him lead expeditions not only on rivers but also in the outback of the continent trekking the Larapinta trail.

When the island lures him back he can be found either on the Franklin River or showing people a great day out on the Dove Canyon for Tasmania's own Cradle Mountain Canyons.

Adrian Kiernan (1987-2018) Gone But Never Forgotten.
Adrian Kiernan (1987-2018) Gone But Never Forgotten.

Sadly Adrian is no longer with us physically but in our hearts he is always present. Adrian passed away doing what he loved, kayaking the rivers of the world. We all miss you mate and raise a glass of port to you every trip down the Franklin.

When Adrian was growing up his mother told him to get a job that requires him to wear a suit, she was right. There aren't many days in the year he isn't in his beloved dry-suit.

The Franklin River lies deep in the Kiernan family history, Kevin his father also spent many summer months in his youth on the lower reaches of the river. In 1977 he discovered "Kuti Kina Cave" which became a crucial part in the fight to save the Franklin.

In years to come it would be these tannin stained waters that would once again inspire and take Adrian on the path he has been on for the last 10 years.

As a whitewater rafting guide his work has taken him Heli-Rafting in New Zealand, through Europe, the USA and South America. Guiding the arctic waters of Norway, floating past grizzly bears in Canada and all the way to the White Nile in Uganda.

When Adrian isn't working he spends his free time with good friends kayaking. This all consuming passion has led to him representing Australia in the White Water Grand Prix and develop his career in producing movies documenting his adventures.

To see some of things he gets up to check out his website,

According to Adrian The Franklin River is his favourite of all. It's the most beautiful, remote, wild and at times powerful river, where everything changes on a daily basis and keeps you on your toes.

Alayne Hamilton
Alayne Hamilton
Alayne Hamilton
Alayne Hamilton

According to Alayne she was "blown away by the Franklin on my first trip and still see something that amazes me every day on the river".

A water baby from the northern part of Tasmania, Alayne is part of the paddling clan "The Bonney Family".

Sitting on the river banks from an early age watching her siblings train, Alayne decided to take up the sport at the age of 8.

After taking up kayaking there was hardly a free minute she didn't spend on the water. Paddling on Tassie rivers and lakes, sea kayaking and water skiing on the ocean.

Her constant training paid off when she was asked to join the Australian Wildwater team and represent her country at the 2009 World Cup.

As a guide Alayne has worked in Scottish Highlands rafting and as a kayaking instructor. When in she isn't on the Franklin River, Alayne passes on her love of water to the youth of today as an outdoor educator on many school programs statewide.

We are proud to have Alayne as part of the Franklin River Rafting team, her relaxed nature a very fitting one for this beautiful part of the world.

Shaun Everson
Shaun “Prawn” Everson
Shaun “Prawn” Everson
Shaun Everson

We are delighted to introduce to you our very good friend, Prawn, man of integrity and seeker of truth.

They say you are not a true Franklin River guide until you have invented a portage move. It was the Summer of 2005, and a young Prawn was partnered with the incredible Mr Casey Drum.

On the banks of a swollen river, a plan was hatched for a cunning new move for a high water portage of the "the Churn" rapid. The rafts made it safely down, the move was declared a keeper, and the search for a name began.

There was some contention as to the true origin of the plan, with Drum initially declaring the move as ‘The Drum Thing", but over time it came to be known as ‘The Drum full of Prawns’.

The dream duo was sadly split a few years back when Casey decided mother New Zealand was calling and left Tasmania and its folk in mourning.

Shaun thought his heart would never mend and being on the river brought back too many painful memories. He spent these dark years bashing bits of timber with a hammer and in the process created a home. In between hammer blows, some light was found coming from the smiling youths that new him as ‘Teach’. His relentless pursuit to mould the minds of our future leaders, teaching them science and maths, will no doubt be missed by his pupils and perhaps the cause for future generations being stupid.

Their loss is our gain as we triumphantly welcome Shaun back to the river and the Franklin River Rafting Family.

Mr. Riley Best, Franklin River Rafting
Riley Best
Riley Best
Mr. Riley Best, Franklin River Rafting

The dynamo from Far North Queensland, Riley has a trademark energetic and enthusiastic outlook that creates a contagious atmosphere amongst the team. 

Since he started rafting at the age of 18 Riley has spent little time away from the river. Rafting as a career and kayaking whenever he has time off. 

Although most comfortable in the tropics, prancing about shirtless in a pair of board shorts and wooing the opposite sex, a trip down the Franklin in 2009 opened his eyes to the charm of the colder climate. 

Chris Dixon, Franklin River Rafting
Mr. Chris Dixon
Mr. Chris Dixon
Chris Dixon, Franklin River Rafting

It is with great pleasure that we introduce to you, the humble man from Toowoomba, Mr. Chris Dixon.

A gentleman and a scholar of the adventure world, you can rest assured you are in good hands.

Chris’s kind natured humour and care for his fellow rafters is a welcome addition to any expedition. 

He has worked all over the planet but these days spends his time between Voss in Norway, The Tully in Far North Queensland and with us on the Franklin River.


Camping on the river

Camping on the river is one of the great joys of expedition rafting. Sharing the days exhilaration with your fellow rafters over a nice meal and perhaps glass of wine or cup of tea. Sleeping under the stars breathing in the fresh air, it really doesn’t get any better.

We provide you with all communal camping equipment as well as the best inflatable air mattress on the market, both thick and well insulated keeping you warm, comfortable and ensuring a good nights rest.

Dining on the Franklin

After a long day on the water, rafting, portaging and taking in the sights nothing is more important than a nice hearty meal.

We cater for all dietary needs everyone from the blood thirsty carnivore to the gluten free vegan will rub their bellies in delight.

All our guides pride themselves on their campsite cuisine, and each one of us has a signature dish.

The Franklin River

For 1000 million years, since the aboriginal spirit Moihernee cut the ground and made the rivers, or for all one knows a millennia of earthquakes and molten lava formed the landscape, the Franklin has run free, indifferent to and unmolested by human kind.

25000 years ago a mysterious and ancient people lived in harmony on its banks in a way that is unimaginable to us today. Artifacts 25000 years old still lie untouched in the lower Franklin’s caves and rainforest. We still know very little about these people except that they possessed the wisdom to leave us this magical place untouched. A wisdom we were destined to lose sight of in the years to come.

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For the last 50 years it has captured our imagination, awed us, inspired us, we have gone to gaol for it, it has moved us to violence and it has shaped our political landscape. In 1982 the Tasmanian government at the time had approved a extensive hydro electric scheme that would flood the entire valley with 3 different dams. The bulldozers were rolling in and the catastrophic possibility that the river could be lost forever seemed inevitable.

The campaign that followed was fought with unprecedented passion on both sides from the mud in front of the bulldozers in the rainforest to Australia’s high court. No matter where you stood it became undeniably clear that this river was of profound importance. The culmination of the campaign saw the fall of a federal government and the birth of a global political movement. When you journey down the Franklin the knowledge that it came so close to destruction makes an already awe-inspiring place seem somehow even more precious.

Today you have the chance to be one of the select few who bear witness to this titan of landscapes. To experience a phantasmagoria of inexpressible natural beauty, adventure, ancient history and exhilaration.

Frenchmans Cap

One of the most sought out peaks in the south-west wilderness, towering at a huge 1445m… Well huge for Tasmania.

On all our 10 day trips we attempt to hike up to the summit from the Irenabyss campsite, a 8-10 hour return hike that will test even the fittest hiker.

If the mountain sounds like something you would like to undertake then our 10 day trip is for you.

The Storm Breaker

What source to sea expedition is complete without reaching the ocean.

All our trips finish on board the Stormbreaker yacht, spend a relaxing morning drifting down the remainder of the Gordon River.

A photographers dream, mist, stunning reflections and the journey across Macquarie Harbour providing amazing views of the wilderness.

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