Collingwood River camping area
This small camping area with no facilities is in the ferny rainforest on the eastern side of the Lyell Hwy (A10), where it crosses the Collingwood River, 40 km west of Derwent Bridge. This is where seasoned adventurers set out for rafting trips on the Franklin River, and it is also a great spot for some challenging paddling in the river’s Grade 6 rapids. This is a gas/fuel stove-only area and the river water should be boiled or treated before drinking.
Who to contact: PWS Queenstown Field Centre (03) 6471 2511; or PWS Strahan Office (03) 6472 6020 Permits: Parks Pass is required to enter national parks (03) 6233 2621 www.parks.tas.gov.au
This campsite is located in Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park
Carrying the iconic name of Tasmania’s most famous wild river, this vast Wilderness World Heritage Area is a region of rainforest, mountain peaks and pristine river valleys. The Lyell Hwy cuts through its north, providing access to trails, waterfalls and lookouts, and there are river cruises from Strahan in the west, while the most adventurous come here to paddle or raft the Franklin River’s legendary gorges. One of the park’s most challenging tracks is the 4-day hike to Frenchmans Cap, a prominent quartzite-topped peak which can be seen from the Lyell Hwy.
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