Photo: Ormiston Gorge, Larapinta Trail in the West MacDonnell Ranges National Park. Credit Tourism Australia, Photographer: Allan Dixon
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Map showing Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park (west of Hobart) and the South West Coast of Tasmania: Tasmania Maps.
This park is situated in the World Heritage Area of the Tasmania Wilderness, one of the biggest conservation areas in Australia. Two important rivers flow through the park, Franklin and Gordon River rivers, hence the name. The Franklin River was planned to be flooded for a hydro-electric dam, but after a protracted fight the dam plans were scuttered.
The effort was well worth it. The park certainly is beautiful, with stunning mountain peaks, the rivers with clear running waters and deep pristine rainforests and valleys.
Within the park there are numerous day walks as well as longer treks, offering fantastic scenery and chances to spot rare bird and animal life.
The Lyell Highway, which runs through the park has stop off points for easy access. The drive itself is worth it, there are picnic areas on route as well. There are cruises available of the rivers from Strahan, on the coast.
King William Saddle, on the route, offers excellent views of the mountains, while Surprise Valley lookout has brilliant views of the valley below, swept smooth over the millenia by the actions of massive ice flows and glaciers, particularly during the Ice Ages.
You can see the National Parks in Tasmania on the Map of Tasmania National Parks.
You can get walking maps and find out more about the National Parks in Tasmania: Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service. Be sure to check the weather before setting out and carry appropriate all weather clothing.
Tasmania Hobart Hotels: Accommodation and Hotels.
Main Photo: Ormiston Gorge, Larapinta Trail in the West MacDonnell Ranges National Park. Credit Tourism Australia, Photographer: Allan Dixon
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