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Arthur River

northern entry to the Western Explorer

Arthur River

Surrounded by dense rainforest and named after the wild river that runs from the mountains to the sea, Arthur River is a great base for exploring the Tarkine wilderness, Tasmania's largest tract of temperate rainforest.

The tiny coastal township of Arthur River is the northern entry to the Western Explorer (roadway) that leads from the coast to the beautiful Tarkine wilderness area.

The river was first sighted by Europeans when an expedition led by Henry Hellyer, on 19 February, 1827, "came down through a thick forest to the bend of a large deep rapid river ... I have taken the liberty of styling this large river the Arthur, in compliment to His Excellency the present Lieutenant Governor of Van Diemen's Land, it being one of the principal rivers of the island".