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The coastal village of Arthur River is located within a ‘conservation area’ in the north west coast region of Tasmania, nestled at the mouth of the river with the same name, Arthur River.

Arthur River is described as one of the last truly ‘wild rivers’ in Australia, winding its way through wilderness area of tall forested blackwoods, celery-top pine, laurels, myrtles, sassafras, and giant tree ferns. The river spills out from the west coast into the mighty Southern Ocean, a coastline described by early explorers as ‘The Edge of the World’.

One of the best ways to experience this popular tourist destination is via a boat cruise that explores the lower reaches of the Arthur River or by 4 wheel drive where you can take the time to experience and pleasure of the magnificent forest and beach.

Surrounded by native flora and fauna, the region also protects unique aboriginal heritage sites. It is a wonderful spot for fishing and also close to the Dismal Swamp Maze.

The village is your northern entry point to the Western Explorer and Corinna, as Arthur River borders the Arthur-Pieman River Protected Area. It is also ideally placed to explore the Tarkine Wilderness Area, containing one of the world’s most significant remaining tracts of temperate rainforest and said to encompass the greatest concentration of Aboriginal sites in the country.

Check out our listing of Arthur River accommodation, West Coast accommodation and North West accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Arthur River Attractions

Following are some popular attractions in Arthur River and surrounding region:
Dismal Swamp Maze and Visitor Centre
• Forestry Tasmania • SMITHTON • Ph: +61 3 6452 4905 • Email
...a different sort of place - dark, misty, dewy - who knows what lurks around the next corner ...a different sort of forest...

Located just Togari, 22 kms from Smithton, is this unique 2 million eco-attraction. Dismal Swamp is set within a two kilometre blackwood swamp sinkhole and is reputed to be the largest sinkhole in the southern hemisphere. The sinkholes (poljes), swamps and underground lakes are formed by limestone karst.

The attraction includes timber-arched viewing platform, a massive slide of 30 metres down to the forest floor and a two kilometre maze. You also have the choice of taking the walkway.

Dismal Swamp, together with the Tahune AirWalk and The Scottsdale Forest Eco Centre form the ‘big three’ Forestry Tasmania eco-tourism attraction.

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Arthur River Tours

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Arthur River CruiseA R Reflections
• 4 Gardiner St, ARTHUR RIVER TAS 7330 • Ph: 03 6457 1288 • Email
For a truly unforgettable wilderness experience you are invited to one of the best cruises in Tasmania on the Arthur River, with A R Reflections River Cruises. Our cruise on this North West Tasmania river takes you 15kms along Arthur River. First to the river mouth then upstream past the Arthur / Frankland river junction before continuing on to Warra Landing for lunch.

Arthur River Cruises
• 1414 Arthur River Rd, ARTHUR RIVER TAS 7330 • Ph: +61 3 6457 1158 • Email (online form)
The Arthur River is unique to Tasmania, and the best way to see it is on the MV George Robinson - a beautiful old style steel craft fitted out with Tasmanian timber and brass.

The Arthur River is one of the State's seven major rivers, but it is the only one which is completely wild, having never been logged, dammed or had a hot fire through the rainforest for almost 650 years.

Our tour guides are all local people and they impart a wealth of knowledge on the plant life, the history of the area and of the Aboriginal tribes who once lived here.

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