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Kanunah Bridge over the South Arthur River
Tarkine Drive
North West Region
South Arthur River from the Sumac lookout
Tarkine Drive
North West Region
South Arthur River
Tarkine Drive
North West Region
South Arthur River
Tarkine Drive
North West Region
Forest scene
Tarkine Drive
North West Region
Forest scene
Tarkine Drive
North West Region
Giant tree near Lake Chisholm
Tarkine Drive
North West Region
Forest scene
Tarkine Drive
North West Region
Lake Chisholm
Tarkine Drive
North West Region

TARKINE DRIVE & the Balfour Track

South Arthur Forest Drive (TARKINE DRIVE) is an exciting road tour of the northern Tarkine Forest of north western Tasmania. It gives the motorist a glimpse of the Tarkine's wonders. These include giant trees, mysterious lakes, button grass meadows and fast flowing rivers. Fortunately all of the sights, which are listed below, require little walking to reach. Making this the easy way to see the Tarkine.

The area toured is situated south of Smithton. Critically there are no facilities available in this area. The Drive crosses the Arthur River and then explores seven different locations in the northern Tarkine Forest. The more intrepid may also like to walk the famous Balfour Track, which is located just south of the Tarkine Drive area.

From the start of the Drive at the KANUNNAH BRIDGE you are 30 minutes from SMITHTON, ARTHUR RIVER hamlet and STANLEY.

Nearby places are described in the TARKINE REGION, SMITHTON, ARTHUR RIVER, STANLEY and ROCKY CAPE pages.


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FACILITIES: There are no commercial facilities on this tour route. There are picnic grounds and toilets at Julius River and the Milkshake Hills. The nearest shopping precinct is at Smithton. There is accommodation at SMITHTON, at STANLEY and at ARTHUR RIVER.

TOURIST information contact www.tarkine.org Great tours of the Tarkine are conducted by www.talltimberhotel.com.au from SMITHTON.

SIGHTS: The Drive follows a circuit from SMITHTON on C218 that takes you to seven different sights and returns to Smithton. It starts at Kanunah Bridge across the Arthur River and ends at the Tayatea Bridge across the Arthur River. You can access the Balfour Track from early in the tour. The sights include the;

ROUTES: Drive south from SMITHTON on B22 to the settlement of Roger River, where it joins C218. At Kanunah Bridge you begin the tour by turning east. If you follow the circuit, it will take you back to Roger River. The circuit road is now fully made.

The Balfour Track is reached by driving south from Kanunah Bridge onto C214 for a short distance, instead of east onto the continuation of C218, as described above.

C214 can be continued on to either MARRAWAH on the west coast or you can join C249 the "Western Explorer Road" also called the "Road to Nowhere" that goes to CORINNA. The road to CORINNA is very rough and is only recommended for 4WD vehicles.

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Tasmania, Tarkine Forest, Balfour Track

1/ The Balfour Track is a bush walk to the old mining ruins of Balfour in western Tasmania. This video still shows the Balfour Track from just beyond the road. Walking into the forest is really like walking into a wonderland. The track follows the ancient road to the Balfour ruins. The vegetation in this area is 100 year old regrowth, which is close to pristine.

Tasmania, Tarkine Forest, Balfour Track

2/ The Balfour Track was, usually, easy to follow, since it follows the ancient wagon track.

Tasmania, Tarkine Forest, Balfour Track

3/ The Balfour Track was covered in places by fallen trees. You do have to be careful to make sure that you have found the continuing track before proceeding.

 

Kanunah Bridge in North West Tasmania

1/ The Kanunah Bridge is the starting point for the South Arthur Forest Drive (Tarkine Drive).

South Arthur River in North West Tasmania

2/ This is the South Arthur River as seen from near the Kanunah Bridge.

Sumac lookout view of the South Arthur River in North East Tasmania

3/ From the Sumac Lookout you get this spectacular view of the South Arthur River and the northern forests.

Julius River in North West Tasmania

4/ This is the bridge across the Julius River.

Forest near Lake Chisholm in North West Tasmania

5/ This shows a beautiful fern grove on the trail to Lake Chisholm.

Forest near Lake Chisholm in North West Tasmania

6/ My spread arms may give you some idea of the size of this forest giant.

Forest near Lake Chisholm in North West Tasmania

7/ This photo shows a fallen forest giant, which is now surrounded by a fern grove.

Forest near Lake Chisholm in North West Tasmania

8/ This photo shows the variety of vegetation that you see along side the trail.

Forest near Lake Chisholm in North West Tasmania

9/ This is Lake Chisholm. It is a sinkhole surrounded by a huge variety of vegetation.

giant tarkine tree

10/ This is a photo of another giant taken in some other part of the Tarkine forest.

 

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