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Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area

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Wilderness between two rivers

An area of 100,00 hectares , defined by the Arthur River to the north and Pieman River as its southern boundary, this protected reserve of beautiful forests and coastal vistas is a major archaeological area for Tasmania.

The region is a very popular for experienced off-road vehicle driving and there are also guided tours to the area. Areas that can be used for off-road vehicles are limited by safety and the law, and require a special permit available from the Parks and Wildlife Service, Tasmania before any trip.

The area is a rich archaeological area and had been the home for thousands of years of aboriginal peoples. Much evidence of this exists, including many middens , camp sites, artifacts and rock engravings can be seen at Sundown Point, near Arthur River.

The reserve Includes heavily forested areas around the rivers and the inland plateau and extensive grasslands, heath and scrub with wildflower displays. The area is rich with wildlife including many rare bird species.

The region is mostly accessed via the small settlement at Arthur River. Camping grounds exists there which provide water, toilets and power. While bush camping at established sites along coastal areas is permitted, these have no facilities.


Ocean swimming and boating is unsupervised and extremely dangerous in these waters. This extends to boating in the Arthur River at its mouth. Fishing is permitted.

Both rivers are popular kayaking destinations and canoe and kayaks can be hired at Arthur River, as well as river tours are available.