Great Paddling Awaits in Exotic Tasmania:
Navigate the Waters of Paradise (January
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia November 2001: Off the southern
coast of mainland Australia awaits the temperate island of Tasmania,
boasting dramatic coastlines, sparkling lakes, rambling rivers
and some of the best paddling adventures on planet Earth! As skies
turn gray in North America, those in the land Down Under pull
on their life-vests, preparing for another summer of adventurous
water sport. Home to the purest water in the world, Tasmania is
recognized as a haven for enviro-friendly adventure travelers
who enjoy kayaking and rafting.
RAFTING THE RAPIDS OF TASMANIAS WILDERNESS RIVERS
For the truly daring rafter, Mother Natures finest handiwork
is breathtaking to behold along the banks of the Franklin River.
Cavernous gorges and overhanging cliffs pose a dramatic backdrop
for rafters tumbling down the torrents past the towering trees
of Tasmanian temperate rainforest. The descent down one of the
world's last major wild rivers, demands strength, fitness and
commitment. Touted as Australias best outdoor adventure,
paddlers on the Franklin are sure to feel the rush of adrenaline
as they navigate the Great Ravine, with its cluster of awesome
rapids. For those whose blood pressure rises at the thought of
nine challenging days in a rubber float, a shorter four-day voyage
on the lower Franklin offers a wonderful taste of wilderness rafting.
Travelers with only one day to spare, can head just outside Tasmanias
capital city of Hobart and float gently down the Picton River
into the Huon River. This day trip leads rafters through the Huon
forest where trees measuring more than 300 feet tall have been
found. Calm water rafting trips are also available on the Derwent,
and North Esk rivers.
Rafting companies offering adventures in Tasmania include:
Tasmanian Expeditions: Four-Day Lower Franklin River Rafting
On this challenging four-day rafting expedition on the Lower Franklin,
experience a memorable blend of wilderness and adventure. Leaving
Hobart by bus, guests are transferred to four-wheel drive before
making the strenuous climb down to the river. Gorges, with their
deep pools of dark water, surrounded by overhanging rainforest
contrasts with the meandering lower reaches of the river, with
its pebble beaches and majestic forests. Rafters eventually meet
up with the Gordon River and paddle the final few kilometers to
Sir John's Falls. When rafting has concluded, guests board the
60-foot yacht, Stormbreaker, and cruise across to Strahan, where
a bus returns the group to Hobart early in the evening.
Fares: Four-Day adventure is $US 560 per person. Rate includes
experienced guides, camping and rafting equipment, first aid and
safety equipment, all meals, transfers to and from Hobart and
park fees. A nine-day itinerary is also available for $US 834
Reservations required: 011-61-3-6334-3477 or www.tas-ex.com.
Peregrine: Seven Days on the Upper Franklin and Hiking Adventure
to Frenchmans Cap
This seven-day expedition encompasses the upper mighty Franklin
river, which is generally more challenging than the lower component,
with its larger and more frequent rapids, surging up through tremendous
gorges. Hiking fans will love the assent to Frenchman's Cap, showcasing
views of Tasmania's great Southwest usually only visible by aircraft.
Fares: $US 720 per person. Price includes all accommodation,
meals, ground transport, safety equipment, walking or rafting
Reservations required: Call your local travel agent or visit
World Expeditions: Nine Days on the Mighty Franklin
This challenging adventure on the Franklin River carves through
over 120 kilometers of pristine wilderness, revealing deep gorges,
quiet pools and magnificent cool temperate rainforest.
Experienced guides lead rafters through the raging waters during
the day to delightful forest camps in the evening. From the steep
quartzite gorges of the Upper Franklin to the calm lower reaches
of ancient limestone reef and rainforest country, paddlers become
part of a small crew who have successfully faced the challenges
that remote wilderness brings.
Fares: $US 954 per person. Price includes roundtrip transport
from Hobart; expert wilderness guides; all entrance and camping
fees; camping equipment including swags, sleeping mats, cooking
and eating utensils; all meals from lunch on day one to lunch
on the final day; all group and safety equipment (helmets, kayaks,
paddles and lifejackets); group first aid kit and emergency telephone.
Reservations required: For departure dates visit www.worldexpeditions.com.au.
In North America, call 1(415) 989 2212 or email email@example.com.
Rafting Tasmania: Day Trips On The Derwent, Picton, or North
Rafting Tasmania tours range from gentle flows through farmland
to thundering whitewater with all equipment supplied. Great
Derwent River: A gentle trip, suitable for all ages. Glide past
hop fields, willow trees, and farmland with the excitement provided
by rapids at Broken and Railway bridges.
Picton River: Moderate rapids alternate with stretches of mirror-
calm water lined with myrtles, leatherwoods and Huon pines.
North Esk: An exciting river for experienced whitewater enthusiasts.
Tight maneuvers around large boulders and thundering whitewater.
Fares: Per person full-day rafting $US 64. Reservations required:
011-61-3-6239-1080 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
KAYAKING WHERE THE PLATYPUS PLAY
The bays, inlets and estuaries of Tasmania are a kayakers
paradise. From sheltered waters to exposed crossings and off shore
islands, the wealth of fresh water and sea kayaking options is
Outfitters throughout the island hire professional kayak guides
who are happy to instruct novice paddlers in the art of water
navigation and offer safety instructions, before leading them
out on their water adventure. Be it a day trip around Hobarts
docks or a multi-day expedition to Bathurst Harbour in the wild
Southwest National Park, kayaking is the best way to get a ducks
eye view of the Tasmanian sea and coastal scenery.
Wildlife spotting of dolphins and fairy penguins is quite common,
while spotting platypus in fresh water is a challenge all its
Freycinet Adventures: Three-Day Freycinet Kayak Adventure Tour
This outfitter was the first to offer a sea kayak tour at Freycinet,
one of the best ways to experience the essence of sea kayaking
while discovering one of Tasmania's most magnificent coastal national
parks. Padding three to four hours each day, guests explore the
tranquil Freycinet Peninsula and witness the beauty of the coastal
wilderness. Overnights at secluded wilderness camps allow plenty
of time to stretch your legs and explore by foot as well. Meals
are generous, and feature the best in fresh local produce. Tours
include transportation from Hobart, and no previous paddling experience
Fares: $US 351 per person. For reservations or additional itineraries
call: 011-61-3-6257-0500 or visit www.tasadventures.com/freycinetadventures.
Roaring 40's Ocean Kayaking: One and Two-Day Tours Galore
For reservations to any of the Roaring 40's Ocean Kayaking Adventures
described below call 011 61 3 6267 5000 or visit www.Roaring40skayaking.com.au
D'Entrecasteaux Day Kayaking Tours
If youre looking to escape Hobart, then its time to
explore the sheltered coves and waterways of Bruny Island and
the D'Entrecasteux Channel. Departing from Kettering, all kayakers
spend some time getting acquainted with the boats and related
gear before venturing across the channel to Bruny Island. As you
paddle south along the wooded shores keep a good lookout for fairy
penguins, sea eagles, dolphins and seals before stopping for a
BBQ lunch on a secluded island. When the afternoon sea breeze
beckons, surf the small waves back to Kettering, visiting an Atlantic
salmon farm on the way. Using modern single and double sea kayaks,
the D'Entrecasteux Channel area is ideal for first time kayakers.
Fares: $US 56 per person. Price includes return transport from
Hobart, BBQ Lunch, refreshments & snacks, all equipment needed
for kayaking including paddling jackets, neoprene booties and
Two-Day South West Sea Kayaking Exploration Tour
Short on time, but still looking for a True Wilderness Sea Kayaking
adventure? With only two days available, Roaring 40s Ocean
Kayaking can help visitors explore the remotest region in Tassie.
After flying into the heart of the South West, paddlers set out
for Bathurst Harbour, visit the untouched Celery Top Islands for
lunch before paddling the "narrows" to get to the campsite.
Day two is spent exploring the foothills of Mt. Rugby and neighboring
inlets before heading back to Melaleuca for the return flight
Fares: $US 680 per person. Price includes scenic flight, all
kayaking equipment, camping equipment (except sleeping bags and
mats) and food.
Walk on Water in South West Tasmania, Six/Eight-Day Trips Available
In the heart of Tasmania's South West World Heritage Wilderness
lies a magnificent waterway, backed by rugged mountains and sweeping
button grass plains -- Australia's ultimate sea kayaking destination,
Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour! In "Feathercraft" Sea
Kayaks the type used by paddling expeditions in the frozen
Arctic visitors journey through an ancient, untouched remnant
of old Gondwanaland.
Fares: $US 720 per person for 6-day trip; $US 823 per person
for 8-day trip. Price includes transfers from Hobart Airport or
Hotels to Kettering, accommodation for 1 night at the Oyster Cove
Inn, Kettering, flights into and out of the South West, 6/8 days
Sea Kayaking in South West Tasmania and all camp meals.
Blackaby's Sea Kayaks
For reservations to either of Blackaby's Sea Kayakss tours
described below call 011 61 3 6267 1508 or visit www.blackabyseakayaks.com.au/.
Hobart Sunset Paddle
Hobart waterfront sunset sea kayaking is a great way to spend
the evening, get a taste of sea kayaking and have a meal, fish
and chips or wood-fired pizza, by kayak! Trips run on an as needed
Fares: $US 22 per person. Price includes equipment rental.
Port Arthur & Tasman Peninsula Three-Day B&B Sea Kayaking
Experience the scenic wonders and convict history of the Tasman
Peninsula and Port Arthur on a three-day gourmet paddling getaway.
Explore beautifully weathered sandstone cliff formations and paddle
into the depths of an 18-meter sea cave before touring the Coal
Mines Historic Site where the bad criminals
of Port Arthur were sentenced to hard labor. View local fur seals
from the colony at the Hippolyte Rocks, before hiking Dolomieu
Point for scenic vistas or taking a plunge into Canoe Bay and
snorkelling around a shipwreck!
Gourmet lunches and dinners and savory wines are par for the
course, with nightly meals at Eaglehawk Café, with overnights
at the four star Cascades Convict Out-station, circa 1841.
Fares: This three day trip is $US 453 per person. Rates are based
on double occupancy. Price includes equipment (including diving
wetsuit if needed), a seaplane tour from Port Arthur to Fortescue
Bay along the sea cliffs to Tasman Island, accommodations and
meals. Return transport to/from Hobart and Hobart airport shuttle
service is available.
For additional information on travel to Tasmania, visit www.discovertasmania.com
or contact your travel planner to book your vacation, complete
with a rafting or kayaking adventure.
March 9-11, 2002
Cradle to Coast
This three-day, 340km endurance event featuring running, cycling
and kayaking leads participants from Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair
National Park to the finish line in Hobart. North American Participants
Telephone: 011 61 3 6265 8783; Email: email@example.com
A two-day endurance course on the spectacular east coast incorporates
lagoon and sea kayaking, running and cycling. North American Participants
Telephone: 011 61 3 6248 9049;
NOTE: All fares are estimated in US dollars based on the press
time exchange rate of $AD 1 = $US .65