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Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park images of Nelson Falls and a cruise on the Gordon River

The Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park is remote and rugged, only accessible from a few tacks along the Lyell Highway (A10) including a boardwalk track to Nelson Falls and by boat from Strahan on the west coast.

Nelson Falls

After visiting St Clair National Park and continuing the drive towards Strahan on the Lyell Highway (A10), it's worth stopping at Nelson Falls Nature Trail, which is in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, for a leisurely twenty-minute return stroll.

Gordon River Cruise

There are two cruise boats operators but the one most often recommend is World Heritage Cruises a local company that operates the Eagle a 35-metre red catamaran. It has three seating classes in two cabins, premium gold seats on the upper deck ensure windows seats in a less crowded environment and the cost includes a welcome drink and snack as well as buffet lunch.

The Gordon River Cruise lasts around six-hours cruising through Hell's Gate, the 200-metre wide entrance to Macquarie Harbour. Convicts supposedly named the entrance Hells Gate while on their way to the infamous prison on Sarah Island, an 18th Century British penal colony set up to house worst convicts from other settlements. The boat stops at the island for a very informative guided tour. The boat then heads for the Gordon River stopping at Heritage Landing where there is short boardwalk through the rainforest. Wild, wet, remote and much like other rainforest walks except there are Huon pine (Lagarostrobos franklinii) trees and the remains of one tree claimed to be over 2,000 years old.

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