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Twin Rivers Adventure

Half Day Picton & Huon River Rafting Adventure

Here’s an amazing new way to discover Tasmania’s spectacular wild places – paddling, drifting and splashing on a raft or kayak through bouncy rapids and quiet stretches of the Picton and Huon Rivers.

King River Rafting have partnered with Tahune Adventures to deliver more of Tasmania’s best river adventures.  Suitable for the mostly the whole family* this wonderful trip includes entry to the Tahune Adventure site.

The 3.5 hour trip covers four kilometres of fun on the twin rivers – led by your skilled and experienced guide, it’s a mix of thrills and excitement, relaxation and laid-back enjoyment! This is an on-water experience that everyone* can enjoy.

As well as the excitement of being up-close and personal with a truly wild river, you’ll see rare Huon pines overhanging the banks in places that can’t be reached on foot; you’ll spot birdlife in the rainforest; you’ll hear stories of the forest pioneers; and you’ll love the delicious morning or afternoon tea featuring regional produce from southern Tasmania.

Ready for a new adventure?

*Please note – May not be suitable for children under 25kg the provided Personal flotation device must fit correctly.

Bonus - Tahune Adventures site entry ticket is included.

SUMMER HOURS 

Morning session 9:00,
Afternoon session 12:30.

Read more below for all information on daily session timings
 

What's the river like today?

Your rafting experience changes with the river level and the weather. The beauty of the river is that it's never the same twice! To give you an idea of what you can expect when you are coming to raft with us, explore the levels below.  Huon River levels can be found at:
<http://www.bom.gov.au/fwo/IDT60252/IDT60252.597500.tbl.shtml>  

The river can rise quickly after rain in its large catchment so todays level is only a guide for tomorrow's.

Less than 0.35
This is a fun way to explore the river for people who enjoy the added challenge of scrambling between calm, deep pools. Expect to get wet and to work with your partner to paddle, shuffle and adventure with your raft down the river. A good degree of physical ability and confidence on your feet is essential as the water gets lower – you may need to scramble over wet, slippery rocks. There are plenty of opportunities to go for a swim and have a splash.

0.35 – 0.6
An ideal level for those wanting an active, fun trip with plenty of opportunity to explore under the Huon pines, play in waves and go with the flow. This is a great river level for those wanting to have an enjoyable trip down river that also has the challenge of following your guide around obstacles as you lose yourself in the magic of the river.

Above 0.6
At this level, you can expect a much more relaxing and serene trip if you want it, as the flow of the river carries you through the forest. Or if you want to get wet, you can enjoy splash fights and playing in the current and waves. This is perfect for those that wish to explore and relax while having tales spun by your guide on the natural history of the region and the early pioneers that made this place their home.
 

Things to know before you arrive

It is important to be prepared for this trip so that you can make the most of it.

What to Bring

Aside from a keen sense of adventure and excitement to get on the water, below are the key items you should have for your tour:

  • A set of bathers or clothes you are happy to get wet.
  • Towel and change of clothes for after the trip
  • Any personal medication (if required ie. Ventolin, Epipen, heart medication, etc.)
  • Shoes with a heel strap. If you don't have this, don't worry as we can also provide river shoes if you forgot to pack your own, or are travelling light on your visit to Tasmania.
  • Sunscreen

What we provide

We provide all the necessary equipment and clothing to keep you safe and warm while out on the water. Bring your own wetsuit if you prefer.

  • Helmet and Personal Floatation Device (PFD)
  • Wetsuit, fleece and splash top. Tassie rivers can be cold! We provide all the necessary equipment to keep you warm, or if the sun is out, make you not think twice about jumping in for a swim.
  • Dry bag. We provide a dry bag per boat in case you wish to carry an extra snack, water bottle or camera on your trip.
  • A hot drink and snack for half way down the river.
  • A knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide to make your trip memorable.
     

What to expect: MORNING SESSION

Below is a rough outline of what to expect when coming on a Twin Rivers Rafting experience,.

9:00 

  • Arrive at Tahune Adventures Visitor Centre ticket window.

9.30

  •     Meet your guide and fellow guests
  •     Time to get geared up and ready for the trip – leave your keys behind!
  •     Hop on the bus and head to the put-in.

10:00

  •     Safety briefing and introduction to the river
  •     Depending on the water level, introduction to a suitable raft for conditions (2 – 6 person rafts are available).
  •     Hop on the river and start exploring!

11:00

  •     Stop for a snack break, enjoy exploring for fossils, hear about the history of piners or get dunked in the 'washing machine'.
  •     Continue under the Swinging Bridge and meet the Huon River

12:00

  •     Arrive at the Tahune Bridge take-out
  •     Get changed and enjoy a hot drink or late lunch at the cafe
  •     Don't forget to check out the AirWalk or Eagle Hang Gliding!

 

What to expect: AFTERNOON SESSION

12:30

  • Arrive at Tahune Adventures Visitor Centre ticket window. 

13.00

  •     Meet your guide and fellow guests
  •     Time to get geared up and ready for the trip – leave your keys behind!
  •     Hop on the bus and head to the put-in.

13:30

  •     Safety briefing and introduction to the river
  •     Depending on the water level, introduction to a suitable raft for conditions (2 – 6 person rafts are available).
  •     Hop on the river and start exploring!

14:30

  •     Stop for a snack break, enjoy exploring for fossils, hear about the history of piners or get dunked in the 'washing machine'.
  •     Continue under the Swinging Bridge and meet the Huon River

15:30

  •     Arrive at the Tahune Bridge take-out
  •     Get changed and enjoy a hot drink or late snack at the cafe
  •     Don't forget to check out the AirWalk!

Suitable for: families with stronger children.
Cost: Adults $125, Children $100 (<17 yrs), Family of 4 $350, Concession $106
Start time: 9am & 12.30 pm
End time: Approx. 12.30pm & 4pm
Duration: 3.5 hours
Start & end location: Tahune Adventure Site
Minimum group of 4, maximum 11.
Operates 7 days per week

 

Frequently asked questions

Q: How long does it take to get from Hobart to Tahune Adventures?
A: Allow two hours from Hobart. Take your time on Tasmanian roads as there are often animals out, other travellers and plenty to see.

Q: How old do you have to be to go rafting?
A: As long as you can wear the appropriate safety equipment, and depending on river levels, anyone can participate. As a guide you should weigh more than 25kg. Your guides will make sure the personal flotation device (PFD) fits correctly.

Q: What do I need to bring?
A: See the information page to answer questions on equipment. If you have any further questions please feel free to call 0409 664268

Q: Do you still raft in the rain?
A: Absolutely!! We love the rain – not only does it bring water to the river, but it also creates beautiful colours and sounds to enjoy as you float through the forest. We also provide plenty of warm clothes, wetsuits and a hot drink to keep you going through the journey.

Q: How fit do I need to be?
A: We recommend a reasonable level of fitness for this tour, particularly in lower water levels as you may need to be a little more active in manoeuvring your raft or pushing off rocks. As a guide, in summer you can expect a bit more active involvement in making your way downstream, while in the wetter months, your journey gets easier as the river gets higher.

Q: I have a joint problem (knee, shoulder, etc), is this going to be an issue?
A: This is always going to be treated on a case-by-case basis, but in general isn't a limiting factor. Your guides will work with you to make sure you enjoy the experience. If you're not sure, give us a call and we can help to assess your particular situation.

Q: Is this whitewater rafting?
A: This is a relaxing, environmental tour down the magical Picton and Huon Rivers. While there are a number of rapids, it is not true whitewater rafting. Stay tuned for challenging whitewater rafting trips – we will be offering these on a spectacular grade II-III section soon.

Q: What do I need to bring?
A: Bring a change of clothes and a towel. On the river, wear clothes that can get wet and enclosed shoes with a heel strap. Forgot your shoes? No problem, we have river shoes that you can use. Worried about the cold? We provide wetsuits, warm layers and a splash top to keep you toasty. If you have a medical condition (asthma, anaphylaxis, heart condition etc) please bring your medication and let your trip leader know before the trip starts.

Q: Is it okay to bring a camera on the trip?
A: If your camera is waterproof, bring it along to capture images of iconic Tasmanian river views, framed by the famous trees of the region.  Remember to share your pictures on the King River Rafting Facebook page.  We love to see shots of our happy guests.

Q: How long does this trip take?
A: The Twin Rivers Adventure takes about 3.5 hours from when you meet your guides, to arriving at the take-out. This includes a briefing, time to get kitted out in your rafting equipment, transport to the river, a snack and drink break mid-trip, as well as the fun of making your way downriver. You’ll probably be on the rivers for about 2.5 hours. This time is a guide only and is dependent on river levels, weather conditions and how many locals we meet on the way.

Q: What is included in the snack on the tour?
A: There is a stop mid-trip to enjoy the gentle sounds of cascading water, birdsong and sit in the shade of a Huon pine or myrtle tree. Your guide will provide a tea or hot chocolate in your own travel cup, which you can keep to remember the experience. Along with this will be a delicious locally-made treat to keep your energy up. Dietary options are available, so let us know when you make your booking and we can accommodate most dietary needs.

Q: Are there change rooms? And what do I do with my valuables while rafting?
A: Change rooms and lockers are provided although we recommended that you leave your valuables secured in your vehicle. Don't forget to bring a change of clothes and towel.