I thought it was pretty cool that Australia Geographic Outdoor recently republished my packrafting story on their web site that I wrote for their print magazine. The story is about the packrafting guru Roman Dial. In my article Roman talks about packraftings past as well as the future of packrafting this is a link to the story on the Outdoor website.
Just in the past couple of years I've seen packrafting really catching on downunder. From what I have seen recently on rivers and in the Australia media Alpacka rafts, the company that's on the cutting edge of packraft design, must be selling a lot of their boats to adventurers in Australia. With so many rivers located in remote and roadless areas and accessable only by foot packrafting makes a lot of sense in Australia. I see a very bright future for packrafting in both Australia and New Zealand. Here's a link to the video from the packraft trip Roman, Cody and I did down the Franklin River a couple of years ago.