Franklin River, Tasmania
“In Tasmania, the air is crisp and the water clean. There are no crowds. Through the middle of this wild land flows the Franklin River"
Published on Nov 8, 2011
“In Tasmania, the air is crisp and the water clean. There are no crowds. Through the middle of this wild land flows the Franklin River. The journey along the 110-kilometer corridor of the river is one of the great adventure trips in Australia. Many professional guides regard it as one of the finest river journeys in the world.
I first became aware of the river as a teenager when it rose to national significance because the government at the time planned to dam it for hydro power. There was a huge and very public campaign to save the river. Ultimately, it was the images showing the beauty of the place that galvanized community support for its protection. The river was not dammed and since that time has become an icon for eco tourism. For me the river is a gift. I have traveled its length numerous times. It is a place where life slows and there is time for wonder. This photograph is taken at a place called Newlands Cascade. Located at bottom of the last major rapid on the river, it is a place where people often spend a day relaxing and reflecting upon the trip they have almost completed. This photograph reminds me of how I feel when I’m there—renewed by the river and ready to head through the gap and back to the real world. Isn’t that what adventure and travel is all about?”
Photographer Matthew Newton • Interviewed by Christopher Kucway