Starting from a carpark just off the Lyell Highway in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, this walk leads to the Donaghys Hill lookout and back via the Donaghys Hill Nature Trail. The track climbs steadily through forest and scrub to a high lookout perched on the rocky Donaghys Hill. From the summit of the pointy hill the views extend in all directions, with the valley of the Franklin River filling the foreground and the impressive Frenchmans Cap and its neighbouring peaks looming beyond. The walk isn't especially steep or tricky, but it is a solid twenty minutes of uphill effort. Weather is the important factor - on a grey cloudy day you might see nothing, but in clear weather the views are stunning and justify the uphill climb. The walk back to the carpark is refreshingly downhill all the way. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.