Frenchmans Cap, Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, Tasmania, - Queenstown, TAS

Frenchmans Cap, Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, Tasmania,

Frenchmans Cap is a prominent mountain in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, Western Tasmania. It lies east of the West Coast Range, and south-west of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

The boundary of the park is about 2.5 hours' drive from Hobart along the Lyell Highway (A10). From Strahan, the park can be accessed via a cruise on the Gordon River. Those intending to raft the Franklin River can access it from the Collingwood River, 49 kilometres (30 miles) west of Derwent Bridge, on the Lyell Highway. However, most people only do this as part of a guided rafting tour.

Frenchmans Cap about 20km from the Lyell Highway offers excellent bushwalking. The Frenchmans Cap bushwalk track is generally considered harder than many other Tasmanian bushwalks, including the Overland Track, so it is recommended for only experienced walkers.

The track is rough and muddy over extended sections, especially across the Loddon Plains. To do the summit climb you must have good weather and not have issues with heights or harsh weather conditions. Most walkers spend between 3 and 5 days completing the return trip, a distance of about 26 25 kilometres each way.

You may want to allow extra time to wait at Tahune in case the summit is covered by cloud, especially given that the views from the summit are a highlight of the trip. Also worth visiting is the Kutikina Cave, an Aboriginal site situated south of Frenchmans Cap.

Features

Facilities
There are basic free camp sites at the Collingwood River reserve on the Lyell Highway between Lake St Clair and Queenstown. Most day visitors to the park stay in Strahan.

Location

Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park
Queenstown, TAS, 7467