The Twin Rivers 9 km Adventure on the Picton and Huon Rivers has been a classic Hobart river trip for generations. The river flows out of the pristine Tasmanian World Heritage through tall eucalypt forest with rapids to grade three. Suitable for most weathers and most water levels this is a trip for the whole family. This trip needs a bit more water in the rivers so we will target the cooler months to give you the best experience.
We will meet you at the Tahune Adventure Site where we will get dressed into rafting gear and travel up the Picton Valley to the start of the trip.
From the ‘Top Bridge’ we raft down the Picton River, including the section used on the Twin Rivers 4 km Adventure back to the Tahune Adventure Site. Features on the way include ‘The Gorge’, Huon Pine Trees and interpretation of the huge surrounding Eucalyptus Regnans forests. We will pause for brief river snacks along the way and later enjoy lunch (not included) at the Tahune Cafe. The Twin Rivers 9 km Adventure 4 1/2 hours return to Tahune.
Depending on the water flow the Picton River can deliver rapids to grade three. This section of River is fun at any level. In normal moderate flows it has grade one & two rapids and at levels over 1 metre this increases to grade three. At low summer levels this trip may be changed to an alternate 6 km trip on the Huon River starting in the World Heritage Area. Contact us with any questions you may have about water levels or river gradings.
We have all the gear to keep you warm and safe whilst on the river.. All gear and entry to the Tahune Adventure site is included Bookings are essential. Meet your guides at the Tahune Adventure Site at 10 am.
Children must be at least 25 kg to fit into the Personal flotation device. (lifejacket)
Bonus – Tahune Adventures site entry ticket is included.
Bookings are essential and trips depart by arrangement from the Tahune Adventure Site. Minimum 4 people required during week, 6 people Sundays & public holidays.
Tahune Adventure Site
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:
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. Take care following Google as it will get you lost on locked Forestry roads. Take the Huon Highway to Geeveston and then follow the signs to Tahune. Stay on the bitumen.
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: 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.
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. Our Twin River 9 km Adventure offers a longer trip with more rapids.
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.
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 hot drink and a light snack. 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.