The Tarkine

The 447,000 hectare Tarkine Wilderness Area is Australia's largest tract of unprotected temperate rainforest and it contains vast forests of myrtle, leatherwood and pine trees.

Pieman River

The Tarkine

The Tarkine is a huge area of temperate rainforest, sand dunes and coastal heathland with strong links to the Tasmanian Aboriginal people.

Situated in Tasmania’s North West, the Tarkine Forest Reserve is roughly bounded by the West Coast, the Arthur River to the north, the Pieman River to the south and the Murchison Highway to the east.

The area contains a wildly diverse landscape – including Australia’s largest patch of temperate rainforest  – and a world of natural treasures including mountain ranges, wild river and cave systems, buttongrass moorlands, and a rugged coastline with long sandy beaches, grassy woodland and coastal heath.

The plant and animal life here is as rich and varied as the many habitats that support them. Local residents include the platypus, echidna, wombat, bandicoot, possum and glider – not to mention the famous Tasmanian Devil and the state’s other predators, the Spotted-tailed Quoll and Eastern Quoll.

The Tarkine also hosts over a hundred bird species, including several rare and endemic birds like the threatened Orange-bellied Parrot.

The Tarkine Reserve joins the 100,000 hectare Arthur Pieman Conservation Area, itself containing a wealth of natural wonders and Aboriginal sites of great archaeological significance. Evidence of the lives of past Aboriginal communities can be seen in the many shell middens, hut depression sites, artefacts and rock engravings – and today’s Tasmanian Aborigines still have powerful connections to this place.

More recent history tells the story of miners, farmers, fishers and holiday-makers, all attracted to the rich natural resources and spectacular landscapes.

The Arthur Pieman area is dominated by a massive coastline shaped by the powerful swells of the Southern Ocean and attracts all kinds of visitors who explore the coast and hinterland via the many roads and recreational tracks for off-road vehicles.

Driving aside, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy the beauty of the Tarkine area. The town of Arthur River sits on the border of the reserve and is the starting point for beach and forest journeys and adventures, including a visit to the ‘End of the World’ at Gardiner Point.

Waterways can be explored by canoe, kayak and riverboat cruises through forests of blackwood, myrtle and celery top pine all the way to the sea. There are numerous walking trails from Arthur River and the nearby South Arthur Forest drive, including the Celery Top pine nature trail and the Balfour Track rainforest walk.

Further south, the Western Explorer touring route winds its way to the tiny settlement of Corinna on the Pieman River, where the Fat Man punt carries cars across the river to continue their journey. A river cruise here leads to a wild West Coast beach strewn with huge logs washed up the furious Southern Ocean.

The Tarkine Forest Adventure at Dismal Swamp is a Tarkine wilderness experience at the world’s only known Blackwood sinkhole. There’s a 110-metre slide to the forest floor, plus boardwalks, several mountain bike tracks and a restaurant set high in the trees.

There are facilities for camping, picnics and barbecues at Arthur River, as well as several informal campsites along the Tarkine coast.

Arthur River is about a two hour drive (150 kilometres) from Burnie via the A2 Bass Hwy and C214 Arthur River Rd.

Corinna is 50 kilometres (31 miles) from Zeehan on the gravel C249.

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

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

Designated Sullage Point

Tatlows Beach Carpark. Wharf Road, Stanley

West Esplandade Carpark, Smithton.

Internet Cafes

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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