Arthur River, Tasmania

Coordinates: 41°03′13″S 144°40′04″E / 41.05361°S 144.66778°E / -41.05361; 144.66778
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Arthur River
Mouth of the Arthur River
Arthur River is located in Tasmania
Arthur River
Arthur River
Location in Tasmania
Coordinates41°03′13″S 144°40′04″E / 41.05361°S 144.66778°E / -41.05361; 144.66778
Population32 (2021 census)[1]
LGA(s)Circular Head Council
State electorate(s)Braddon
Federal division(s)Braddon

Arthur River is the name of a small township on the northern part of the West Coast of Tasmania, Australia. At the 2021 census, Arthur River and the surrounding area had a population of 32.[1]

It is south of the town of Marrawah. Named after Sir George Arthur, Lieutenant Governor of Van Diemens Land (1824–36), the town draws its name from the river. The river is fed by several tributaries including the Frankland River, which was named after its discoverer, George Frankland, then the colony's surveyor-general. The region has been exploited commercially for timber and fisheries, but today is mostly a centre for tourism. Bushwalking, fishing and four-wheel-driving are the most common activities undertaken by travellers in the region to get a glimpse of the unspoiled wilderness. The population in the area peaks during the summer months when shack users come here to enjoy the weather.[2]

On the coast near the mouth of the Arthur River is a plaque titled The Edge of the World. North West Coast Tasmania, and a poem by tourism pioneer Brian Inder, who coined the term, referring to the coastline at Arthur River which is regularly lashed by the gales of the Roaring Forties.[3]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Arthur River (Tas.)". 2021 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 August 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Arthur River". Tasmania.
  3. ^ Cradle Coast Newsletter Archived 2 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine, December 2005. Accessed 8 October 2008

Further reading[edit]

  • Sharples, C.E. (1997) Karst geomorphology and values of the tarkine: limestone, dolomite and magnesite karst systems of the Arthur-Pieman Region of Tasmania: a report to the Australian Heritage Commission and the Tasmanian Conservation Trust Inc. Canberra: Australian Heritage Commission.