DANNY DE HEK Entrepreneur Decision Maker Connector Podcaster EducatorThe Franklin River is one of the few true remaining wilderness rivers in Australia, and if you are travelling between Queenstown and Tarraleah you will of course cross it, but why not stop and relax and enjoy an easy walk as a perfect break in your journey? A walk and a picnic beside the river are guaranteed to refresh your body and spirit in this delightful setting.

The Franklin River Nature Trail is situated almost at the midway point between Queenstown and the Derwent Bridge. This beautiful, tranquil rainforest walk forms a circuit in the apex where the Surprise River joins the Franklin.

The 1km walk is rated Level 1 and is described as ‘easy’. Wheelchair users and people with strollers can use the trail, weather and underfoot conditions allowing. A complete circuit of the short trail will take approximately 25-minutes at an easy pace.

Even on this very short, easy, walk ensure that you have adequate clothing to allow for the often-changeable weather. Please watch children near the water.

Pets and firearms are prohibited in the national park and bicycles are not permitted on the tracks.

Park entry fees DO apply


There are toilet and picnic facilities at the car park at the beginning of the nature trail.

Vehicle Access:

To reach the Franklin River Nature Trail follow the Lyell Highway (A10) to the Franklin River Bridge. The car park and picnic areas are situated on the Derwent Bridge side of the river.