It is south of the town of Marrawah. Named after Sir George Arthur, Governor of Van Diemens Land (1825-1836), the river is fed by several tributaries including the Frankland River named after its discover, then the colony’s surveyor-general. The region has been exploited commercially for timber and fisheries, but today is mostly a centre for tourism.
Things to do in Arthur River
Arthur River is a pristine Tasmania wilderness area densely forested with myrtles, sassafras, laurels, celery top pine, blackwood and giant tree ferns. It is part of the famous Tarkine wilderness. Canoe and boat hire are also available. There are two small general stores.
The fishing is very good at Arthur River; Salmon from November to April and Trout in season. The well known “Edge of the World’ plaque is situated at the mouth of the river at Gardiner Point. Cruise boats operate daily on the river between mid September to mid June.
Arthur River accommodation
There are various types of accommodation in the town of Arthur River, including cabins and holiday houses as well as two caravan parks, popular amongst campers and grey nomads.
There are three camping grounds; Manuka, Peppermint and Prickly Wattle, all operated by Parks and Wildlife. Accommodation available is 31/2 to 4 star spacious self-catering units; 1 and 2 bedroom, and some cottage accommodation.