The coastal township of Arthur River is Tasmania’s westernmost town and is known as “The Edge of the World”. 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.
It’s also a real favourite with bushwalkers, fishing enthusiasts and four-wheel drivers as the area offers the opportunity to get off the beaten track and into the wild. Take a cruise on the Pieman River through the Arthur-Pieman River Protected Area and keep a lookout for fantastic native Tasmanian wildlife including Tasmanian Devils, Orange-Bellied Parrots, Sea Eagles and platypus that all live in the area.
This region is also rich in indigenous history. Sundown Point/Laraturunawn is a significant site located approximately 8 kilometres south of Arthur River which has 40 separate Aboriginal carvings, a rare occurrence in Tasmania.
Arthur River is the last township before the Western Explorer Road, a mostly unsealed road which winds its way south past some of Tasmania’s most beautiful, remote landscapes to Corinna on the Pieman River, and onward to Tasmania’s West Coast.