Rafting the Franklin River, Tasmania

By Justin Walker September 24, 2014
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Australian Geographic Adventure editor Justin Walker fulfilled a lifelong dream to paddle Australia’s iconic Franklin River.

I waited to fulfil my dream of paddling the wild Franklin River. For once, a dream was surpassed by the awesome reality. The river, the rapids, the landscape, the history and the all-encompassing sense of pure, unspoiled wilderness. It’s amazing to think this remains only thanks to a passionate, never-say-die group of people who believed the Franklin was worth fighting for.

When Victor first mentioned that drinking from the river over the course of the trip would, in effect, transform you into the Franklin, I laughed – but his words also fostered a dreamy hope. At least, if some sense of the Franklin was retained inside me, it might tide me over until the next time I run the river.