Forests at the edge of the world contain a wide range of easily accessible environments. Within a ½ hour drive from Stanley there are towering eucalypt forests, open plains of buttongrass and heathland, magnificent rainforests and mysterious blackwood swamps.
These forests are managed for a wide range of values besides timber production including water quality, landscape, wildlife, recreation and honey production. Each year, our forests beehive sites produce about 140 tonnes of the unique Leatherwood honey, about a quarter of Tasmania's total production. If you visit in summer, look for the white flowers of the Leatherwood tree.
The recreation opportunities in this corner of the state are many. If you feel like getting active in State Forest, why not ride a horse, trail bike, canoe, raft or even walk your dog? Should you feel like relaxing, there are sites where you can have a picnic or barbecue, take a short walk or even try your luck at catching a fish.
Most of the roads in the area are unsealed but easily manageable by cars at all times of the year. Please watch out for the wildlife and be aware of logging traffic.
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Arthur River Cruises
Cruise the pristine Arthur River aboard the charming MV George Robinson a steel-hulled vessel fitted out with Tasmanian timber and brass. Our cruise deep into the Tarkine Wilderness includes an up-close experience with white-breasted sea eagles and a guided walk through giant tree ferns and ancient trees at our rainforest landing.
The pristine Arthur River remains much as it has for thousands of years and defines the Tarkine Wilderness. It is the only major Tasmanian river that has not been dammed nor had its banks logged.
Enjoy the warmth and friendliness of our crew as our vessel meanders 14kms up the river. Our local skippers/guides provide a wealth of local knowledge mixed with west coast humour. We cruise through coastal heath and wet sclerophyll eucalypt forest before reaching the cool temperate rainforest at ‘Turk’s Landing’.
Guests may see azure kingfishers, wedge-tailed eagles, parrots, water birds and enjoy an encounter with white-breasted sea eagles. There are also opportunities to spot pademelons, white spotted quolls and platypus.
Enjoy morning tea on the vessel and a BBQ lunch with wine after a 45 minute guided stroll through the rainforest.
The cruise leaves Arthur River jetty at 10am and returns at 3pm.
Explore the magnificent Tarkine Wilderness, from button grass plains to the Great Southern Ocean at the “Edge of The World” to the pristine cool climate rainforest. A Tall Timbers Adventure Tour is a memorable experience that is available for guests and visitors to this region in far North West Tasmania.
The tours provide the opportunity for the adventurous to experience guided full day tours in Tall Timber’s Toyota Landcruiser four wheel drive or soar like an eagle on our scenic helicopter tour. Full Day Premium 4WD Tour minimum of 2 passengers required. Full Day Low Cost 4WD Tour minimum 4 passengers required.
Penguin Tours are also available, and have a minimum requirement of 4 people required for tour to operate. Full details are available on our website.
The “M. V. Reflections” takes you on a 6 hour Arthur River eco-cruise through beautiful scenery into the Tarkine wilderness. Rainforest walk, waterfalls and feeding of the white-bellied sea-eagles are just some of the highlights of this truly Tasmanian river cruise.
For a truly unforgettable wilderness experience your hosts Rob & Kaye Chandler welcome you to spend a day cruising the Arthur River on board their vessel “M. V. Reflections”. Your journey takes you firstly to the river mouth and nearby Arthur River settlement, then 15kms upstream, past the Arthur/Frankland junctions before returning to Warra Landing for lunch.
A R Reflections River Cruises are a 6 hour Arthur River eco-cruise through beautiful scenery into the Tarkine wilderness. Pristine wilderness, waterfalls, platypus, native quoll, azure kingfishers and feeding of the white-bellied sea-eagles are just some of the highlights of this Tasmanian cruise. Departing at 10.15am and returning at 4.15pm the river cruise is a must do experience whilst holidaying in Tasmania. The vessel has a full flybridge deck for maximum 360° viewing and for taking great photo shots. A delicious lunch is served undercover in the rainforest at Warra Landing followed by a breathtaking rainforest walk to Warra Waterfalls. Warm clothing and suitable footwear is advisable to be worn. All food and beverages are provided on this river cruise.
River Cruises are closed for winter months June, July and August.
Accommodation at Arthur River Holiday Units and River Cruise packages are available.
The Tarkine Drive is a 60km loop on the Sumac and Rapid River Roads. Visitors will need to put aside half a day to enjoy all the sights and sounds that the forest walks have to offer.
Along the drive you can visit the Sumac Lookout with its views of the Arthur River. Further on, the Julius River Forest Reserve has a half hour walk through cool temperate rainforest. At Lake Chisholm Forest Reserve a path through majestic old myrtle forests takes you to the flooded limestone sinkhole known as Lake Chisholm.
(The Milkshakes Hills Forest Reserve CLOSED DUE TO THE 2016 Fires) has both eucalypt forest and rainforest and the energetic are rewarded with great views of the countryside from the top of one of the ‘Milkshakes’. There are also great picnic areas at Kanunnah Bridge and Tayatea Bridge.
Located nearby is the Balfour Track Forest Reserve. The relatively flat walk is three hours return and was cut for packhorses and prospectors at the beginning of the century to access the largely abanded mining town of Balfour. Tarkine Drive Guide
When visiting the beautiful North West Coast, Tall Timbers Helicopter Tours provide visitors with a rare opportunity for a bird’s eye view of the most rugged and yet diverse region of the world. Enjoy the Tarkine Wilderness region from the button grass plains and the rainforest to the Great Southern Ocean.
Join the sea eagles, peregrine falcon and wedge tails to soar above this stunning landscape, take in the spectacular scenic coastlines, circle above The Edge of the World, sweep over the expansive Woolnorth property, offer a close-up view of the largest wind farm in Australia and tour over the canopy of the Tarkine Wilderness, the largest cool climate rainforest in the southern hemisphere.
Longer helicopter charters or scenic helicopter tours can be arranged. Scenic flights are for 30, 45, 60 and 90 minutes.
Tall Timbers also offer guided full day 4WD tours. All tours have a minimum 2 passengers requirement to operate.
Penguin Tours are also available, and have a minimum requirement of 4 people for this tour to operate. Full details of tours are available on our website.
‘Osborne Heli Tours’ operate a variety of scenic flights and experiences from the picturesque seaside village of Stanley. Stunning views from above await as you follow the rugged coast to Woolnorth and Cape Grim or head inland to witness the beautiful Tarkine forests and the winding Arthur River.
Transfers to the surrounding islands and tailored packages can be arranged for those wanting something a little different. Flights available every day of the year and bookings available online.’