Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, it is necessary that you book to walk Frenchman’s Cap. See COVID-19 Safety Information for registration instructions and the limited walker numbers that affect this park. To register please phone (03) 6165 4254.
Frenchmans Cap is simply spectacular, It is one of Tasmania’s premier and most challenging multi-day walks, and not for the unprepared or inexperienced. Bushwalkers planning to walk Frenchman’s Cap should be experienced and well-prepared for all conditions. Take the time to go over walk notes to ensure you are ready for all that Frenchmans Cap has to offer. A typical itinerary is as follows:
Carpark to Vera Hut
- Distance: 15 km
- Time: 5-7 hours
The Frenchman’s Cap walk starts by crossing the famous Franklin River on a swing bridge, before climbing steadily through patches of rainforest to the slopes of Mount Mullens. From here, if the weather is fine, you will be able to see your planned destination, Frenchmans Cap. The track then descends and sidles along foothills (re-routed to avoid the Sodden Loddons), through heathland, Eucalypt forest, rainforest, and moorland before arriving at Vera Hut, beside Lake Vera.
Vera Hut to Tahune Hut
- Distance: 5.5km
- Time: 4 hours
The first hour of the walk from Vera Hut to Tahune Hut follows the shoreline of Lake Vera through rainforest sections followed by a long, steady ascent to Barron Pass (950m). In poor weather, take extra care crossing the exposed rocky alpine plateau from Barron Pass as this area is prone to frequent strong and gusting winds. At the end of the pass is Artichoke Valley and a set of vertical stairs to reach the next plateau. During the final section you wander through alpine heathland to Tahune Hut which is nestled in the forest beside Lake Tahune.
In poor weather, take extra care crossing the exposed alpine plateau from Barron Pass to near Tahune Hut; frequent strong, gusting winds can be strong enough to blow bushwalkers off their feet.
Tahune Hut to Frenchmans Cap Summit
- Distance: 3.2km return
- Time: 2.5 hours return
The track to the summit, which is some 450m higher than the hut, is well cairned. It ascends towards North before traversing terraces above Lake Tahune. There are a couple of zig-zags and some steep scrambles that lead to the summit where you are rewarded for your perseverance with awesome views. It is not recommended that you summit in strong winds, heavy mist, snow and/or ice. The quartzite rocks are slippery when wet or icy and the route is difficult to follow. For your return journey, retrace your steps to the carpark.