Experience the Edge of the World, beside the longest uninterrupted expanse of ocean on the globe.
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.
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.
From Devonport or Burnie take the A2 Bass Highway.
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.
Caravan and cabin park, and self-contained accommodation. Accommodation enquiries and bookings can be made through the Stanley Visitor Information Centre.
Motorhomes, caravans and camping available at Stanley Cabin and Tourist Park. Toilet, shower, laundry facilities and fully equipped camper’s kitchen and barbeques.
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.
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.
Sunset Holiday Villas consists of two self contained villas with stunning views of both the Arthur River and the ocean. Each villa can accommodate up to 6 people with two bedrooms ( I queen , 2 single beds ) and a pull out sofa in the lounge. Plenty for everyone to do; fishing, boat cruise,...
Arthur River Beach House sits on the Arthur River on the North West Coast south of Stanley. Arthur River Beach House has three bedrooms and was renovated in 2006 with quality fittings, services and contemporary design. You have your own boat landing, plenty of parking, and plenty of wildlife on the property. You can walk...
Arthur River Canoe and Boat Hire offer canoe, kayak and boat (motorised dingy) hire on Tasmania’s North West Coast. The Arthur River is located in the Arthur-Pieman River Protected Area and is one of the most scenic rivers in Tasmania. The Arthur River flows through tall eucalypt forests and rainforests to the sea....
Experience Tasmania’s Tarkine Wilderness aboard the MV ‘George Robinson’ (the ‘red boat’) as she journeys 14 km up the Arthur River, a journey where you step back in time. This river is wild. It has never been farmed, logged, mined or dammed. The surrounding landscape is pristine and changes from...
A R Reflections River Cruises operate a six hour Arthur River eco-cruise through beautiful scenery into the Tarkine wilderness. Pristine wilderness, waterfalls, platypus, native quoll, azure kingfishers and the feeding of the white-bellied sea-eagles are just some of the highlights of this Tasmanian cruise. Departing at 1015 and...
Only a 50-minute drive from Smithton in the far North West of Tasmania, Arthur River Holiday Units offer the ideal accommodation to experience this pristine Tarkine wilderness area. Situated on the banks of the picturesque Arthur River and close to the ocean and beaches, you can relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of this...
Arthur River is surrounded by dramatic coastal scenery and wet forests which is a great base for exploring the Tarkine wilderness area in Tasmania’s North West. The town borders the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area where there are facilities for camping, picnics and barbecues. The tiny West Coast settlement of Arthur River...
The Arthur River Cabin Park offers holiday accommodation at Arthur River, North West Tasmania. Arthur River is 14 km south of Marrawah on Tasmania’s far North West Coast. Set on six acres adjoining the Arthur Pieman Conservation Area, the Arthur River Cabin Park offers a range of accommodation including self-contained two...