Arthur Beach 4WD Track
The 4WD track Arthur River, on Tasmania’s rugged West Coast, follows a beach to a campground at Sundown Creek. Be careful of large logs washed down the river during heavy rain, which may mean following a sandy track behind sand dunes before crossing over the Arthur Beach.
To access, leave the Parks & Wildlife Tasmania Ranger Station and cross the Arthur River Bridge, heading South. After .5 of a kilometre you will see Gardiner St and a small shop. Turn right after a total of 800 metres at a sign marked Arthur Beach. This is Airey St. After a further 650metres you will see a Y Junction; go left at the sign that says 4WD Access only to Arthur Beach. After heavy rain, it is not uncommon for logs to be washed down from the Arthur River and out to sea. Be very careful as when they are washed back ashore they can cause damage to your vehicle when driving along the beach. After a total of nearly 3 kilometres from the start of the track, head south to access the beach and cross the Alert Creek. Further, on you will cross Tiger and Bottle Creeks before reaching Sundown Creek after almost 9 kilometres. Tun right at the Sundown Point Aboriginal Site sign, before you will see a road entering from the right after travelling a further 800 metres. Turn left after a further 1 kilometres where you will see Temma Road.
The Arthur-Pieman area is a popular place for recreation, particularly for the people of the North West Coast of Tasmania. Off road driving and riding on 4WD tracks and beaches, is a popular recreational activity. There are a multitude of opportunities for recreational driving in a place of natural and wild beauty. Other recreational pursuits include fishing, boating, surfing and skin diving to land-based activities such as camping, hunting, bushwalking, photography, nature study and horse riding. The largest sand dunes in Tasmania are located at Sandy Cape, but are hard to reach. 4WD tracks in the area should be attempted by experienced drivers only, and you’ll need to check track conditions in advance. You must also purchase an Arthur–Pieman Off-Road permit from the ranger at Arthur River before you attempt this four wheel drive track. Access is via the Temma or Balfour 4WD tracks off the Western Explorer (C249), located some 50 kilometres south of Arthur River. The beach drive from Greenes Creek to Sandy Cape is rated hard due to the unpredictability of quicksand and should only be attempted when travelling with other vehicles in case you run into difficulty with the soft sand. You must be fully self-sufficient – carry your own drinking water, firewood and supplies.
This track should not be attempted by yourself – travel in convoy with at least another vehicle noting that you can encounter very soft sand in this area.
- Camping Sundown Point
- Nelson Bay Camping Arthur River
- Camping Arthur River
- Camping Manuka
- Camping Green Point Marrawah
- Camping Arthur River Tourist Park
- Peppermint Campground Arthur River
- Difficulty – Hard
- Permit Req’d – YES
- Distance – app. 14 kms
- Time – app. 30 minutes
- Carry – Recovery Gear
- Travel Alone – NO
Visitors are strongly advised to contact the Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania Arthur River Office prior to visiting for advice on local conditions and requirements. On arrival, visitors should call into the PWS office at Arthur River and obtain their off-road permits and camping permits (if they intend to camp).
Four wheel driving is a popular activity in the reserve and is also one of the most significant threats to the reserve’s cultural and natural values. Impacts on significant cultural, geo-conservation, flora and fauna values are extensive throughout the area. There are concerns about the extent of the track network as well as the scale of land degradation at some sites. The coastal parts of the reserve are most heavily impacted by off-road vehicles. Please respect the environment so that 4WD enthusiasts can continue to enjoy this area for many years to come. See also: Balfour Track 4WD