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Arthur River

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A scattering of holiday homes at ARTHUR RIVER marks the start of one of the Tasmanian coast’s last great wilderness areas, where trees that have been washed down the Frankland and Arthur rivers lie crashed against the windswept shoreline. It’s a fabulously wild area, designated the Arthur Pieman Protected Area, part of the Tarkine, complete with a spectacular array of birdlife, such as black cockatoos, Tasmanian rosellas, orange-bellied parrots, black jays, wedge-tail eagles, pied heron and azure kingfishers. Trees on the steep banks of the never-logged river include myrtle, sassafras, celery-top pines and laurels, and there are giant tree ferns. From Gardiners Point – “The Edge of the World” – on the south side of the river mouth, the next land west is South America; it’s a great vantage point to gaze at the battered coastline. Forget about swimming, however. Even walking along the beach can be an obstacle course, but it’s possible to walk 9km to Sundown Point, where you can see Aboriginal concentric circles chiselled onto a rock slab on the beach. You can drive there or allow a day for a return walk from Arthur River.

The drive to Corinna south of Arthur River is on the Western Explorer road, the controversial “Road to Nowhere” cut through the Tarkine. Allow three to four hours for the trip on the rough unsurfaced road, and bear in mind there is no fuel until Zeehan 157km away – your nearest pump is back at Marrawah.

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