Place: Franklin River



The Franklin River runs through the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park in Tasmania. Its source is situated at the western edge of the Central Highlands and it continues west towards the West Coast of Tasmania.

In the 1980s, the Franklin River become synonymous with Australia's largest conservation battle of the time, the movement to save the Franklin from the government owned Tasmanian Hydro Electric Commission's proposed hydro-electric power scheme.


A conglomerate of national parks, comprising Franklin-Lower Gordon Wild Rivers, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair, and Southwest, was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1982 as Western Tasmanian Wilderness National Parks (renamed Tasmanian Wilderness in 1989).

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