Tasmania: an unexpected adventure travel destination

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ABSEILING AT THE ORGAN PIPES

Action stations: Towering high over Hobart are the Organ Pipes, an expanse of vertical dolerite buttresses that form part of Mount Wellington. The Organ Pipes Bushwalking Track is located just below the natural feature and the cliffs around here are highly popular with rock climbing enthusiasts.

Be prepared: Climbing here is a serious undertaking, due to the often complex route finding, sustained and steep ascent, alpine exposure and occasional loose rocks. Rapid changes in weather are common on the mountain, with sleet, snow and cold southerly winds all factors. Routes often take longer than anticipated, so climbers should pack a head torch.

Nuts and bolts: At Fern Tree turn off on Pinnacle Road and leave your car at the Springs carpark, approximately halfway to the top of Mount Wellington. A small dirt track takes you to the start of the Organ Pipes walk.

CANYONING AT CRADLE MOUNTAIN

Action stations: While Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is a great spot for hiking, canyoning offers an alternative way to experience it. Visitors can choose from an easy option and a more challenging undertaking. Dove Canyon, a 50 metre deep quartzite natural feature, is ideal for the more adventurous traveller, with its combination of jumps, slides and abseils. The Lost World Canyon is less challenging, taking in the beauty of the upper section of the Dove River, and is even suitable for families.

Be prepared: For Dove Canyon, no previous canyoning experience is required, although you need to have a reasonable level of fitness and be able to swim. The Lost World Canyon is an easy walk on the Cradle Valley Boardwalk. Here guests can enjoy a leisurely float through calm pools and down the river on inflatable tubes.

Nuts and bolts: Local operator Cradle Mountain Canyons offers tours of both these options, with tours departing from the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre. Cradle Mountain is about a 90 minute drive from Devonport or Burnie.

RAFTING ON THE FRANKLIN RIVER

Action stations: Navigating this wild river will provide a challenge for even the most experienced rafting practitioner. The Franklin River winds its way through some of Tasmania's most pristine and rugged landscapes in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Deep gorges and temperate rainforests provide a scenically splendid backdrop for this rejuvenating experience in the state's south-west.

Be prepared: Teamwork is essential when rafting down this river and following the instructions of the guide in charge of the expedition is all-important. Rapids on the river can change dramatically with water levels and the guide will make decisions about whether to run a particular rapid or carry the boat around.

Nuts and bolts: Experienced commercial river rafting companies with skilled local guides operate a variety of rafting experiences ranging from half-day trips to extended expeditions.The boundary of the park is about two and a half hours' drive from Hobart.