Arthur River Cruises - Tasmania
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Directions to Arthur River Cruises
The Arthur River lies on the north of the Tarkine (the largest temperate rainforest area in Australia) and has never been dammed or logged. The area has a long history with ties to the early mining and timber industries of the rugged west coast. For many years the west coast was isolated from the rest of Tasmania and supplies had to be delivered by sailing ship or by treacherous bullock tracks.
The seas off the west coast are a challenge as well with some 10 000 km of open seas blown by the Roaring Forties crashing onto the rugged coastline.
The MV George Robinson was purpose built in the 1980s for cruising the Arthur River and carries up to 52 passengers.
The cruise departs at 10am for the 14 km trip, which take one hour and 40 minutes, to the junction with the Fankland River. Morning tea is provided.
During the two hour stop at Turk's Landing a BBQ lunch is provided at the magical campsite set in the midst of the rainforest. While there you can take part in an easy graded walk with one of the guides who explains the history of the area and gives insights into the native vegetation.
During the return journey activities are available including face painting for the children with patterns, brushes and ochres as used by the native aboriginals.
One of the highlights of the journey is seeing the Sea eagles dining on a tasty treat on the riverbank.
The vessel has toilet facilities on board.
Sensible footwear is required for the long guided walk e.g. boots or shoes with strong grip soles. Flat-heeled shoes are adequate for shorter walks. A warm jacket in reserve is recommended.
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