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Overland trek guide for young adventurers

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Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area

Introduction

 
Planning to visit the Arthur-Pieman?

Regular vehicles can drive on more than 130km of gravel and sealed roads to explore remote coastal communities, wild and windswept beaches, and the vast hinterland of this magnificent region.

Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area Recreational Driver Pass, DVD and Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area Recreational Driving Guide.

Visitors with recreational vehicles (4WD, quad bikes, trail bikes) have a further 80km of recreational vehicle tracks to explore. To drive on these tracks, you need a Recreational Driver Pass, which can be purchased from the  online Parks Shop, in-person from a Service Tasmania outlet, or visit the Parks office at Arthur River. Your pass contributes to track maintenance, land management and staffing within the Arthur-Pieman.

Arthur Pieman Conservation Area permit package

With your pass purchase, you'll receive a complimentary Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area Driving Guide and a Recreational Driving DVD, presented by Nick Duigan. Together, the products provide essential driving safety information, detailed maps of the tracks available for you to explore, and interpretive notes on the cultural and natural features of the area.

Pieman River Track and Interview Mine Track are currently closed

Following a decision by the Federal Court on Tuesday December 23 2014, the three additional tracks proposed to be open to four wheel drive vehicles under a special pass will remain closed at this time.

The decision applies to tracks south of Sea Devil Rivulet located near Sandy Cape and includes the Pieman River Track and the Interview Mine Track.

Other tracks in the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area that have previously been open, remain open. We welcome visitors to this reserve that provides some of the best camping, fishing and 4WD opportunities in Tasmania.

Visitors planning to use these tracks should be aware that a Recreational Driver Pass is required to utilise these tracks. Drivers are also advised to read all safety and visitor information before visiting the area.

Further information on this area is available on the pages on this website or by calling the Arthur River Field Centre on (03) 6457 1225.

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The Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area, reserved in 1982, stretches along the spectacularly wild north-west coast of Tasmania, covering over 100 000 hectares. Its northern boundary begins just to the north of the Arthur River, while its southern boundary follows the Pieman River. From its West Coast border, the reserve extends east to the Frankland and Donaldson Rivers. The Arthur-Pieman is the coastal portion of a much larger region extending inland, known as The Tarkine.

This is a powerful place - of great significance:  a big, open land, shaped and nurtured by the hands of thousands of generations of Aboriginal families, with a coastline sculpted by the enormous swells of the Southern Ocean.

Its profusion of Aboriginal sites has lead to it being hailed one of the world's great archaeological regions:  shell middens, hut depression sites, artefacts and rock engravings may all be seen. The permanent occupation of the area by Aboriginal people ended around 180 years ago. Since then, this country has captivated many others - miners, cattlemen, fishers, campers, bushwalkers, photographers, surfers, four-wheel drivers, shack-owners and today's Tasmanian Aborigines who continue to maintain the traditions of their old people.

As a visitor, there is much to discover on these broad, windswept ocean beaches, the beautiful heath-covered plains, and mystical inland forests.

It's more than just country - it's people as well.
"We started spending summer holidays at the shack in the '60s.  We'd swim, walk, ride and fool about all summer till it was time to go back to school. We're a bit quieter these days ... just like to sit and soak it in ... sunsets, fresh air, clean water. Doesn't get better than this." (shack owner)