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Camping Arthur River

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. 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 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. 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. Permits are not required to access the Nelson Bay campground Arthur River. 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.

See also: Manuka Campground Arthur RiverPeppermint Campground Arthur River – Camping Nelson Bay Arthur River

Prickly Wattle Campground offers fairly basic, but excellent bush camping at Arthur River on the C214 road, on the wild West Coast of Tasmania. There are a large number of sheltered sites at this large camping ground, which is set next to the main road and is some 2 km south of the township of Arthur River. Arthur River, in the Tarkine, is well-known for its excellent fishing including both salt (salmon is a popular catch) and freshwater options (trout and bream). The Arthur River Cruise is a must if you are camping at Arthur River, where if you are lucky you will see the beautiful White Breasted Sea Eagle. To camp at Prickly Wattle, you will need to be largely self-sufficient, and carry your own water – basic food provisions can be bought in Arthur River but please note this is a small settlement so the shops are nothing more than small general stores. There are very basic long drop toilets at the Prickly Wattle Campground. Can you collect firewood that has fallen from trees, but under no circumstances is wood to be cut from trees. Dogs are OK but must be kept under control at all times. This campground is patrolled by the local Parks and Wildlife Ranger. There are other excellent camping options in Arthur River including Manuka, Nelson Bay, and Peppermint campgrounds. The campsites are patrolled by a ranger and checks are made to ensure that fees have been paid.

The Manuka campground in beautiful Arthur River is a very large camping ground and camping area located on the right just before you reach the Arthur River Ranger Station. Manuka is a large grassed area and there are plenty of very good campsites with good shelter. It can be very windy in this part of Tassie; this campground is ideal for families and is suitable for campervans, motorhomes and caravans. There are several campgrounds in this area; Manuka, Peppermint and Prickly Wattle campsites are all located in close proximity to Arthur River and all offer secluded and shady sites, with most serviced by river water (water must be boiled) and pit toilets. At Manuka, fire drums are provided, however, wood should be used sparingly and any you must pay close attention to any fire restrictions that are common during warmer summer months. The fishing is excellent at Arthur River; Salmon from November to April and both Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout can be caught in freshwater in season. If you are into beach fishing, the sand near Arthur River Bridge is firm and allows most vehicles to drive onto the beach where you can fish from the shore. Camping fees, which are very reasonable, should be paid at the Ranger’s Office. If the office is closed, there is a 24-hour self-service facility located at the Temma and Rebecca Rd intersection or at the Arthur River Parks and Wildlife Service Office. Two adults can stay at the Manuka campground, serviced site, 30 nights for a total of $120. This is a great campground, but please note facilities at Manuka Campground Arthur River Tasmania are basic and offer water and toilet facilities only, Campers are advised to bring their own camp showers if you are planning to stay for an extended period. There are no rubbish bins provided, meaning campers must take their own rubbish with them. There are no powered sites available at Manuka campground. Dogs are OK, but they must be kept under control and on a lead at all times. See also: Camping Nelson Bay