Franklin Nature Trail

45 min to 1 h 30 min

3.4 km

↑ 42 m
↓ -42 m

Easy track
Starting from the Franklin River Picnic Area just off Lyell Highway, Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, this walk takes you on a circuit through mossy rainforest via the Franklin River Nature Trail. Meandering through lush temperate rainforest populated with myrtle and sassafras trees, the trail passes two rivers, the Franklin River and the Surprise River. Enjoy the relaxing moss-covered scenery, with abundant bird life, diverse fungi and the constant sounds of water rushing by. In addition to the beautiful trail, barbeque and toilet facilities are also available near the main carpark. The path is well-maintained and relatively flat, with extensive stretches of boardwalk overlooking the water. Along the walk you will find interpretation signs that detail some of the many values of this magnificent region. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-42.2155529,146.0202561)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Brooker Highway, 1
  • Turn on to Brooker Highway, 1 then drive for 115 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Lyell Highway, A10 and drive for another 15.3 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Montagu Crescent, A10 and drive for another 1.1 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 3 onto Lyell Highway, A10 and drive for another 400 m
  • Turn left onto Hamilton Road, A10 and drive for another 164.3 km
  • Turn sharp left and drive for another 20 m
Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
Franklin River Picnic Area (about 15 m back from the start).
After 35 m pass the toilet (20 m on your right).
After another 3.4 km come to the end.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Franklin Nature Trail

Class 2/6
Easy track
Length 3.4 km
Time 45 min to 1 h 30 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Flat, no steps (1/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 25 m from the start.

Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
25 m[toilet]
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