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Bordered by cool-temperate rainforest and wild ocean, this tiny settlement offers a true escape into pristine wilderness.

Arthur River is located on the northern boundary of the takayna / Tarkine wilderness, which spans Tasmania’s largest tract of rare cool-temperate rainforest. This quiet village attracts bushwalkers, nature lovers and keen anglers.

It’s also an access point for the Western Explorer, an unsealed 2WD road that traverses the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area to connect with the former mining town of Corinna, 112km away.  

Those who want to explore the conservation area’s off-road tracks by 4WD, trail bike or quad bike will need a recreational driver pass; see more details

Experience more of the village’s namesake wild river aboard a leisurely cruise, or head out to the river mouth at Gardiner Point, poetically labelled the Edge of the World, because the nearest land is thousands of kilometres away in South America. 

The Roaring Forties whip up giant swells that crash upon this spectacularly wild coastline. Comb the beaches and breathe some of the cleanest air on Earth. 

Where

Arthur River is a 2hr 30min drive (195km) west of Devonport, and a 3hr 30min drive (290km) from Launceston.

 

Insider tips
  • Grab a burger from the Arthur River Store and Takeaway.
  • For a sit-down meal, head 16km north to the Marrawah Inn – think rissoles, rib eye, roasts and crumbed local scallops.

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