Canoe Tas Inc

Central Tasmania

Florentine River

Coles Creek to Florentine Bridge
Distance: 11 Km.
Average Grade: 14 m/km
Peak Grade: 20m/ Km.
Difficulty: Grade 3 (depending on water level. High level grade 4).
Paddling Time: Approximately 3 hours.
Entry Point: A bridge on an unnamed road off the Florentine Road at Coles Creek (Grid ref. 547 948). Take the Florentine Road from Wayatinah. ANM permit required.
Exit Point: The Florentine Road Bridge just upstream of the Derwent River (Grid ref. [Shannon] 591 007).
Water Level: 300-600 cusecs.
Tasmap: 1:100 000 Nive, Shannon.
General Description: Above the entry point, the river appears to be flat and choked with logs. There are a couple of possible entry points upstream of Coles Creek and in high water levels would probably make an enjoyable paddle. The major rapid on the river is "Crap Cascades". Inspection is recommended as it is quite a difficult rapid, it may be portaged on the left. The Florentine Road follows the river fairly closely on the right; although a walkout would be difficult due to the thick scrub. It may be better to stay with the river, depending on location. This river has not been paddled for quite some time due to severe log jams caused by extensive logging in the area.

Carol Hurst – Florentine