Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park

Top choice national park in Cradle Country & The West

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Saved from hydroelectric immersion in the 1980s, this World Heritage–listed national park embraces the catchment areas of the Franklin and Olga Rivers and part of the Gordon River – all exceptional rafting, bushwalking and climbing areas. The park’s snow-capped summit is Frenchmans Cap (1443m; a challenging four- to five-day walk). The park also boasts a number of unique plant species and the major Indigenous archaeological site at Kutikina Cave, which is protected by the local Indigenous community and usually off-limit to visitors.