Camping Arthur River

Arthur River is a small township in the northern part of the West Coast of Tasmania, Australia, and is well known for the Arthur River Cruise and Tarkine Wilderness. At the 2006 census, Arthur River and the surrounding area had a permanent population of just 120 people. The Peppermint Campsite is signposted along the Arthur River Road near the Ranger’s Station and is close to the Manuka Campground and Prickly Wattle campground. Peppermint offers limited access for campervans, motorhomes and caravans, but is perfectly suited to tent camping. We recommend that if camping in a bigger rig, that you first try the much bigger Manuka Campground. Also in this area is the Nelson Bay Campsite that is located just out of the Arthur River community. Peppermint features excellent secluded sites; there is river water (water must be boiled) and pit toilets. Fire drums are provided. Watersports are popular at Arthur River including sailboarding, surfing, snorkelling, canoeing, fishing (saltwater and freshwater), beach combing and river cruises. There are also bush walks, ecotours and 4WD tours. If you prefer, simply relax and see native Tasmanian wildlife including Tasmanian Devils, wallabies, wombats, sea eagles and a variety of native birds. You can also visit the Tarkine wilderness, explore remote coastline in the path of the roaring 40s at places like Couta Rocks and Temma. The Arthur River Cruise is recommended when staying in this area. This campsite in Arthur River has a barbeque, sites are on the small side but large rigs can find a camping spot at the neighbouring campgrounds of Manuka or Prickly Wattle. You must carry your own drinking water, or boil the water supplied before drinking for at least 3 minutes. You can use collected driftwood for campfires, or branches that have fallen off trees. There is a ranger station at this location, and the Arthur River store where you can buy petrol, food and grab a coffee is immediately opposite the Peppermint Campground Arthur River. Dogs are OK, but must be kept fully under control at all times and on a lead. Campsites are from $13 per night for 2 persons for an unpowered site – please note there are no powered sites at Peppermint Campground.

Nelson Bay camping area is located some 11 km south of the main township of Arthur River on the beautiful far West Coast of Tasmania. Fees are payable to stay at Nelson Bay and are payable at the Arthur River ranger station on the C214 Road. This camping area is patrolled by a local Ranger and is suitable for fully independent travellers and campers only, noted that there are no facilities at this campsite. Nelson Bay campsite, Sundown Point is within the Arthur- Pieman Conservation area in the renowned Tarkine region of Tasmania. This campsite is one that is very well regarded by those who make the effort to camp at Nelson Bay, Sundown Point. However, please note that as Nelson Bay campsite faces west towards the Southern Ocean, winds can be extremely strong and weather changeable and unpredictable meaning you must be very well prepared when camping at Nelson Bay, especially if you are planning to camp in a tent. Permits are not required to access the Nelson Bay campground, Sundown Point Arthur River. Off-road permits are required for access to leased shacks in this area. As you enter the Nelson Bay camping area after leaving the main road, you will see private shacks to the left of the road with a sign clearly marked ‘No Camping Beyond This Point’. At this junction, turn right where you will find grassed camping area on the left of the road close to the beach and a further smaller section on the right of the gravel road. Dogs OK, but they must be on a lead and kept under control at all time. See also: Manuka Campground Arthur RiverPeppermint Campground Arthur RiverPrickly Wattle campground Arthur River. The cost to camp is $6 per night for 2-adults. There are no services at Nelson Bay Arthur River.

The Western Explorer route is beyond Arthur River and is a stunning drive for the more adventurous along gravel roads with spectacular scenery. Please note there is no mobile phone reception in this area, and the road can be very rough in sections. This road takes you to the very pretty small town of Corinna on the Pieman River and is app. 100 kilometres in length. If travelling from the North or North West, you can access Arthur River by taking the A2 for 50 km beyond Smithton to Marrawah (see Camping Marrawah) where you will find awesome surfing and walks on windswept beaches, and awesome waves for avid surfers at times.  Continue on gravel roads 14 km further south to reach Arthur River.