Wild paddle through the spectacular gorge + camp under the stars
Join us for three days pack rafting through a stunning gorge in Northern Tasmania. Packrafting is fast becoming a popular way of exploring the wilderness in Tasmania. These small, lightweight inflatable boats offer the perfect combination of stability, performance and durability.
The trip begins in Launceston where we pick you up in our bus and drive to the Mersey River. Here we inflate the pack rafts and pack them, have a delicious lunch and get on the water.
The first 10 km of this trip is nice and easy, with gentle grade one rapids, and provides an excellent opportunity to learn how to steer the boats. Guides will teach you about paddling technique, and the skills you will need in the gorge the following day. We are a great chance of spying the elusive platypus as we paddle down the river. We make camp on night one right at the head of the gorge, with spectacular views of the cliffs.
DAY TWO involves the most intensive paddling. We spend the whole day in the massive Alum Cliffs gorge, with grade two rapids and some that get into the grade three range. We camp in the guts of the gorge on night two, after passing through peregrine falcon nesting areas and areas of significance to the local indigenous community.
DAY THREE sees some more gorge paddling, including passing 'The Chasm' - a tight constriction in the river and one of the scenic highlights of the trip. We then emerge from the gorge and have more easy paddling to the take out, where we are met by the bus and drive back to Launceston.
INCLUSIONS: Transfers from Launceston, all meals from lunch on day one to lunch on day three, two experienced guides and most gear (you bring your own sleeping bag and mat and personal camp gear).