What to see and do at Arthur River in Tasmania’s North West

Boasting three budget campgrounds and a caravan park, Arthur River is a must do! This tiny village has a population of about 25. Surrounded by the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area and located on the Tarkine Drive this is a pristine area of Tasmania. 

As for wildlife, there are  Bennett’s wallabies, Tasmanian pademelons and wombats. Tasmanian devils, brushtail possums and spotted-tailed quolls! Unfortunately, we only spotted the Tassie Devil signs. Birdwatchers have plenty of species to spot as well.

On top of fishing, surfing, horse riding and camping, it is surprising how much there is to do and see…

The Edge of the World

A must! Take the short drive and take the boardwalk to the wild and powerful The Edge of the World coastline and throw your pebble in the ocean!

Arthur River, Tasmania

Arthur River Cruises

Book ahead for wilderness and pioneering history – the cruising season starts in September. This business started in 1985 with a boat built from scratch in a backyard! Tasmania’s only major river which is completely wild; and has never been logged or dammed; where one of the world’s largest tract of cool temperate rainforest drains into the mighty Southern Ocean. Today visitors can cruise the pristine Arthur River on the same boat, through forest giants and enjoy a BBQ lunch at the same landing.

Tarkine Drive, Kanunnah Bridge, Tasmania

Walking trails

Take a multi-day Tarkine Coast Walk – guided walks are available. This rugged coast has huge historical significance, with Aboriginal history and some of the largest middens found in Australia. The Tarkine was named after the takayna people from this remote region.

Coutta Rocks, Tasmania
Coutta Rocks, Tasmania

Scenic drives

Regular vehicles can drive on more than 130km of gravel and sealed roads to explore remote coastal communities, wild and windswept beaches, and the vast hinterland of this magnificent region.

Coutta Rocks, Tasmania
Coutta Rocks, Tasmania

Make sure you travel south to see the remote fishing area of Coutta Rocks, known for crayfishing, and bring your camera.

4WD trails

Visitors with recreational vehicles (4WD, quad bikes, trail bikes) have a further 80km of recreational vehicle tracks to explore. To drive on these tracks, you need a Recreational Driver Pass, which can be purchased from the  online Parks Shop, in-person from a Service Tasmania outlet, or visit the Parks office at Arthur River. There is also a Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area Recreational Driving Guide.

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