Paddle Tas

South East

Picton River

Farm House Creek to Top Bridge
Distance: 11 km.
Average Grade: 3 m/km.
Peak Grade: 
Difficulty: Grade 2-3.
Paddling Time: 1-2 hours.
Entry Point:

From Geeveston take the Arve Road (C632) to the Rivereaux Road, then onto the West Picton Road.

Pull off at a clearing and 4 way intersection 250m before the Farmhouse Creek carpark where a gated logging track commences at Grid Ref AGD66 730136. Walk 700m to the end of the track then 600m along a cut foot track to the junction of Farmhouse Creek and the Picton River. Note Farmhouse Creek is choked with logs and no longer navigable.

There is no longer a BOM gauge in this area.

Exit Point: Various eddies river left, upstream of the Top Bridge (now removed) on the Picton (Grid ref. DN 759 212).
Water Level: Gauge at Tahune Bridge. Above 1 m.
Tasmap: 1:100 000 Huon.
General Description: The river flows only when there has been continuous rain or snow. As a consequence the river is extremely cold. There are a number of good grade 2 rapids increasing in intensity towards the end. Above 2m at Tahune the rapids link up into continuous wave trains with a few significant stoppers near the bridge that can be easily avoided by an astute paddler.  Beautiful rainforest.