Arthur River

Tasmanian’s Beautiful ‘Edge of the World’

Region: North West

What to do in Arthur River Tasmania


Located on the mouth of the Arthur River, the township with the same name is a great destination if you want to escape the daily grind and get back to nature. With spectacular rugged coast lines, Arthur RIver forms part of the Western Explorer roadway and even has a plaque stating it’s The Edge of the World!

While standing on the coast, the next closest piece of land is Argentina, over 15,000 kilometres away


The name ‘The Edge of the World’ comes from a poem of the same title written about the coastline near the opening of the Arthur River, as it is subject to the Roaring Forties, and while standing there, the next closest piece of land in a straight line is Argentina, more than 15,000km away – the longest stretch of uninterrupted ocean in the world.

Arthur River Tasmania

The river provides a great opportunity to enjoy a host of outdoor activities including fishing, kayaking, boating, swimming and shoreline walks. Arthur River is also on the doorstep of the Tarkine Wilderness area which contains Australia’s largest area of cool-temperate rainforest.

Arthur River is on the doorstep of Australia’s largest cool-temperate rainforest – the Tarkine

Just a short cruise up the river takes you into the shadow of the giants of the Tarkine, a haven for rare endemic trees found only in Tasmania. A couple of cruises leaving daily from the town take you deep into the pristine wilderness, with opportunities to marvel at the giant brown top stringybark (Tassie Oak) and ancient giant tree ferns of the Tarkine rainforest.


Things to do around Arthur River Tasmania

Reflections River Cruises

Enjoy a peaceful cruise on the Arthur River including a guided walk and lunch in the rainforest.

Arthur River Canoe & Boat Hire

Explore the river at your own pace in a canoe or motorized dinghy. Hire times range from half-day to multiple days if you’re looking to overnight it.

Edge of the World

Take in the breathtaking seascape and let the world fall away behind you. Located at Gardiner Point (Arthur River) this is a must see if you’re in the area.

Arthur River Tasmania Campervan & Motorhome Parks

Arthur River Cabin Park

This park includes powered and un-powered sites for your rental campervan or motorhome plus a range of amenities. There’s also self-contained cabins if you’re in a rental car.

Travel Times & Distances to Arthur River Tasmania

From Devonport: app. 2 hours 30 minutes – 195kms
From Launceston: app. 3 hours 30 minutes – 295kms
From Hobart: app. 5 hours 30 minutes – 475kms

Visitor Information & Booking Centre

Address: Esplanade, Strahan TAS 7468
Phone: (03) 6472 6800

Location Facts File


146 km W of Burnie or 64 km SW of Penguin

Average Temperature (°C)::
Summer 20° / 12° , Autumn 17° / 11° , Winter 13° / 8° , Spring 15o / 9°

Closest Airport:
Burnie Wynyard Airport (BWA) – 1h 34min (127.4km)

Closest Autorent Depot:
Burnie Airport – 1h 34min (127km)