ARTHUR RIVER and MARRAWAH are small settlements on the pristine coast of the Southern Ocean in north western Tasmania. The winds and waves here are really rugged. To the south is the wilderness of the Tarkine Forest, so the feeling is one of being at the end of the World. This area has the cleanest air in the World for when you look to the west, you discover that the next land is South America, a massive 15,000 kilometres away. This area is popular with fishermen and people who want to walk in pristine places. There is a river cruise of the Arthur River from the Arthur River settlement, plus accommodation at both settlements.
Note that this area is isolated and subjected to extreme weather. Marrawah is 40 minutes from Smithton, the nearest large town, and the Arthur River settlement is further still. Facilities are limited to a shop at Arthur River and a hotel at Marrawah.
CAPE GRIM is north of Marrawah and the site of a large wind farm. Woolnorth is a huge dairy farm. There are no facilities at either.
This area connects with CORINNA and the west coast towns of ZEEHAN, STRAHAN and QUEENSTOWN, but it is a long 150 kilometres down the very difficult C249 Western Explorer Road. This is a 4WD gravel track.
From Arthur River hamlet you are 30 minutes from SMITHTON, the TARKINE DRIVE and CAPE GRIMM. You are within one hour of STANLEY and ROCKY CAPE. Nearby places are described in the NORTH WEST-TARKING REGION page.
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FACILITIES: There is only a hotel and a petrol pump at Marrawah and there is only a shop at Arthur River settlement. The nearest large shopping precinct is at Smithton. There is some accommodation at both Marrawah and ARTHUR RIVER.
TOURIST information for the ARTHUR RIVER CRUISE of the George Robinson cruise boat the telephone number is (03) 6457 1158 or the contact www.arthurrivercruises.com
For the A R REFLECTIONS ARTHUR RIVER CRUISE the telephone number is (03) 6457 1288 or contact www.arthurriver.com.au
MARRAWAH BEACH has a long beautiful beach from where you can see all the way to Cape Grim,
CAPE GRIM is the site of a major wind farm,
DISMAL SWAMP is a great forest theme park,
BEACHES to the north and south of Arthur River,
RIVER TOURS leave from the Arthur River settlement,
WARRA CREEK forest reserve is accessed from a rough 4WD track. This reserve is for experience walkers only.
ROUTE: The A2 Bass Highway leads all the way westwards to Marrawah. Arthur River hamlet is south of Marrawah on C214. This road C214 also connects with the TARKINE DRIVE and with C249 the very rough road to CORINNA and the WEST COAST.
- ARTHUR RIVER
- Bluff Hill
- Cape Grim
1/ Arthur River settlement is in north western Tasmania. The settlement caters mainly for holiday makers. This photo shows the mouth of the Arthur River and the settlement, which is located on both sides of the Arthur River Bridge.
2/ This photo shows the bridge across the Arthur River. River tour boats depart from the north east side.
3/ This is the AR Reflections tour boat, which does a great tour of the Arthur River.
4/ The mouth of the Arthur River is replete with driftwood. This shows the view looking north towards the enigmatic, Australia Rock.
5/ I met these friendly ducks near the beach above.
6/ This is the large Australia Rock. It is named after a 19th Century ship that crashed against it.
7/ This is a view from the Edge of the World lookout looking towards the north. It shows the Australia Rock in a swirling sea. The view is symbolic of western Tasmania.
1/ Bluff Hill is north of the Arthur River settlement in north west Tasmania. It is the site of a light house and a holiday settlement.
2/ Just west of the above light house at Bluff Hill are these enigmatic, shaped rocks.
3/ The coast near Bluff Hill has a sheltered cove, used by small boats. This photo shows the cove entrance.
4/ This is the holiday settlement at the cove at Bluff Hill.
5/ This view shows two pleasure boats in the cove near Bluff Hill. Boats are launched from this point.
1/ This photo shows Mt Cameron West. It is 167 metres high and is located on the north west coast of Tasmania north of Marrawah.
2/ This photo shows an enchanting grove of trees on the road to Marrawah in north west Tasmania.
3/ This photo shows the Marrawah Tavern, where great meals are served.
4/ This is the view looking to the south of the Marrawah settlement in north west Tasmania.
5/ This photo shows the view to the Marrawah Beach. Mt Cameron West is the large rock in the top centre.
6/ This is the picnic ground at Marrawah Beach. It is near the camping area.
7/ This view shows the long, sandy beach at Marrawah. It is popular with surfers, when the waves are high.
8/ This the lovely view looking to the north of Marrawah Beach towards Mt Cameron in the distance.
1/ Near the Woolnorth farm in the Cape Grim area of north west Tasmania is a large wind farm. You wait at this point to be taken on the tour. Unfortunately, I missed the tour that day. On my MUSSELROE BAY page you can see great photos of a similar wind farm in the north east of Tasmania.
2/ This is a telephoto view of the wind turbines taken from about three kilometres away. Wind turbines make great geometric photos.