Arthur River

Experience the Edge of the World, beside the longest uninterrupted expanse of ocean on the globe.

Gardiner Point (Edge of the World)

Arthur River

Surrounded by dense rainforest and named after the wild river that runs from the mountains to the sea, Arthur River is a great base for exploring the Tarkine wilderness, Tasmania’s largest tract of temperate rainforest.

The tiny coastal township of Arthur River is the northern entry to the Western Explorer (roadway) that leads from the coast to the beautiful Tarkine wilderness area.

Take a cruise on the Pieman River through the Arthur-Pieman River Protected Area or hit the coast on a guided beach or bushwalk and look out for white-bellied sea eagles, platypus, orange-bellied parrots, kingfishers and Tasmanian devils along the way.

If you prefer, you can do it yourself and hire a canoe or boat and explore at your own pace.

On the coast near the mouth of the Arthur River is a plaque titled The Edge of the World and sometimes it feels like it. This coastline is beautiful, remote and regularly lashed by the winds of the Roaring Forties with the combination of ocean currents and river flow creating a churning effect at the river’s mouth that deposits ancient logs on the beach.

The area is popular with four-wheel drivers and the Western Explorer leads to Corinna and the Pieman River to the south. With a regular population of around 25, there’s plenty of peace and quiet, even when the holiday shack dwellers arrive in summer. Accommodation ranges from good campsites to holiday homes with picnic, barbeque facilities and meals at the local tavern.

Arthur River is a 2-hr drive (150 km) from Burnie.


  • Take a cruise or hire a kayak or boat
  • Drive through the Tarkine Wilderness


Stanley Visitor Information Centre

45 Main Road, Stanley TAS 7331
Tel: (03) 6458 1330
Fax: (03) 6458 1267

Open: 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday; 12pm – 4pm Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays (May – October). 9.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday; 10am – 4pm Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays (November – April).

Closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Easter Good Friday.

How to Get There


REDLINE COACHES, Tel: 1300 360 000.

Road (Self drive)

From Devonport or Burnie take the A2 Bass Highway.

Travelling distances and times to nearby towns

Stanley to: Arthur River – 85 km (1.5 hours), Burnie – 60km (1 hour), Devonport – 109km (1.5 hours).



B&B’s, caravan and cabin parks, hotels and motels, and self-contained apartments, units and historic cottages. Accommodation enquiries and bookings can be made through the Visitor Information Centre.


B&B’s, hotels and motels, and self-contained accommodation. Accommodation enquiries and bookings can be made through the Stanley Visitor Information Centre.

Arthur River and Marrawah

Caravan and cabin park, and self-contained accommodation. Accommodation enquiries and bookings can be made through the Stanley Visitor Information Centre.

Motor Homes

Motorhomes, caravans and camping available at Stanley Cabin and Tourist Park. Toilet, shower, laundry facilities and fully equipped camper’s kitchen and barbeques.

Designated Sullage Point

Tatlows Beach Carpark. Wharf Road, Stanley

West Esplanade Carpark, Smithton.


Stanley Information Visitor Centre, 45 Main Road, Stanley. Tel: (03) 6458 1330.

Stanley Cabin and Tourist Park, 1 Wharf Road, Stanley. Tel: (03) 6458 1266.

Banks & ATMs


ANZ Bank agency, Stanley Bakehouse, Church Street †

Commonwealth Bank agency, Post Office, Church Street †

Self Funded ATM, Stanley Supermarket & Newsagency, Wharf Road. †


Commonwealth Bank and ATM, Emmett Street, Smithton

ANZ Bank and ATM, Emmett Street, Smithton

Bass & Equitable Agents, It’s All Good Health Food Store, Emmett Street, Smithton

Westpac Bank agency & ATM Ace Kodak Express, Smith Street, Smithton

These banking facilities and ATMs are only accessible during the operating hours of each business. Self Funded ATMs may run out of cash to dispense.

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