Now this is a great walk!

Tassie's Frenchmans Cap walking track will re-open to bushwalkers on Saturday 17 Sept.

The track was closed on 4 Aug due to a tree that had fallen and caused significant damage to the suspension bridge over the Franklin River rendering it unsafe for walkers.

Repair work has proceeded well and will be completed soon.

At 1,4​46m in height, the striking white quartzite peak of Frenchmans Cap rises from exceptionally beautiful rainforest-clad ranges and mountain lakes. It is a mecca for both bushwalkers and rock climbers – and it won’t disappoint.

From its glorious summit, expansive views encompass Macquarie Harbour to the west; the vast Southwest wilderness to the south; and to the north, the many peaks of the Overland Track. Surrounding this magnificence, the life-giving waters of the powerful Franklin River carve a sinuous passage to the Southern Ocean.

Most walkers allow 4-5 days to experience this extraordinary landscape, utilising both huts, and maximising their chance of successfully summiting in clear weather. Weather can change rapidly, this walk is for experienced walkers. You will need to be very well prepared for this remote, alp​ine walk.

The notorious 6km-long slosh across the ‘Sodden Loddons’ boggy buttongrass plains has now been comfortably re-routed. Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of philanthropist Dick Smith, walkers can experience the buttongrass as an intact landscape with tiny moorland flowers poking up between the boardwalk, rather than a muddy, braided and damaged track.

Potos_Joshua Brown

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