Weekend rafting Hellyer + Arthur Rivers

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Date(s) - 03/08/2019 - 04/08/2019
All Day
6 of 20 spaces available


Lets raft an epic river a bit further afield!


Plan is to paddle the Hellyer River from the collapsed bridge on Blackwell Road to it’s confluence with the Arthur River finishing at the Farquhars Road bridge over the Arthur. It’s 17km of river through some beautiful rainforest with some fun grade 3 whitewater.


Given the lengthy drive involved this will need to be an overnight mission involving car camping overnight before rafting the next day. This means no one needs fancy lightweight camping gear, the rafting club will supply nice big tarps to cover everyone you’ll just need some minimalist bedding to keep warm and a mat to sleep on. I have a lot of spare gear I’m happy to lend people who need it.


Plan of action –

Meet at the sheds at 10:45 am on Saturday the 3rd. We’ll then drive to the river/camp site with the potential for some sightseeing en route. We’ll set up camp for the night, have a nice big fire and a bbq before getting some sleep. It’s a 5 hour drive so hopefully with us leaving around 11 we should be there in time to set up camp in the light.


On Sunday the 4th we will have an early start. The rafting club will cook up a big breakfast for everyone before a big day of rafting on one of Tasmania’s more remote and wild rivers. We’ll be on the go all day, just have a quick break for some muesli bars and a snack before getting to the cars. We’ll then drive back home to hobart. I would expect us to be arriving back at the sheds quite late (knowing my luck probably very late).


Gear you need to bring –

Equipment for a night of camping. Ideally a sleeping bag and mat although warm blankets would work too. The rafting club will have lots of large tarps and groundsheets to keep everyone dry and I have a lot of spare camping gear I am happy to lend to people. Bring any toiletries you may need. Try and pack light as we always struggle to fit everything in vehicles. REMEMBER TO BRING A HEAD TORCH

All your usual rafting gear and heaps of spare warm clothes plus a towel. If in doubt have a look at this article – https://jamesbarnes.id.au/articles/what-to-bring-on-your-first-rafting-trip/ Wetsuit socks to go under shoes are highly recommended. If in doubt throw in more warm clothes than you think you will need.

Cash to cover food and petrol for the trip. James will sort catering and it’ll be $10 per person which covers a bbq dinner, breakfast (fruit, porridge and cereal) and snacks for on river. Given the length of the drive petrol might work out to be a bit but we’ll do out best with car pooling to minimise that.


Any questions feel free to get in touch, I will be spending some of the week underground so cut me some slack if I’m slow to respond!




Trip Leader/Senior Guide – James Barnes

Email: jb3.14159265@gmail.com

Phone: 0406012364

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004339601154




Bookings are closed for this event.


  • James Barnes
  • William Saunders
  • Janina Reiter
  • Nik Saunders
  • Sascha Christiansen
  • Michel Mourits
  • Pei Tson
  • Angie Ling
  • Susannah Kelly
  • inga eskirtas
  • Rasmus Lukassen
  • Anne-Mette Kjettrup
  • Zac Hardman
  • Jean de Pierrepont

5 Responses to Weekend rafting Hellyer + Arthur Rivers

  1. Susannah Kelly July 30, 2019 at 6:50 PM #

    Inga and I are going to drive so we can sleep in the car so please don’t worry about us for lifts. We shall see you at 12 Saturday wooh.

    • James Barnes July 31, 2019 at 3:22 PM #

      Sounds great, I’ve just had to change the time of meeting to 10:45 as it’s a decent drive to get to the camp site, hopefully that works out for you guys?

  2. Rasmus Lukassen July 31, 2019 at 11:16 AM #

    Is it possible for Anne-Mette and I to catch a ride by someone from the TUU-parking?

    • James Barnes July 31, 2019 at 4:14 PM #

      I’ll get someone to come down and pick you up from there around 10:40!

  3. Zac Hardman July 31, 2019 at 11:59 AM #

    Hey, driving down from Devonport if anyone is coming from that way + needs a lift.

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