Arthur River (Tasmania)

The Arthur River is a major perennial river located in the north-west region of Tasmania, Australia.

The mouth of the Arthur River
Location of the Arthur River mouth in Tasmania
EtymologySir George Arthur
Physical characteristics
SourceMagnet Range
  locationsouth of Waratah
  coordinates41°29′43″S 145°25′30″E
  elevation479 m (1,572 ft)
MouthSouthern Ocean
town of Arthur River
41°03′22″S 144°39′21″E
0 m (0 ft)
Length172 km (107 mi)
Basin features
  leftKeith River, Lyons River (Tasmania), Rapid River (Tasmania), Julius River, Frankland River (Tasmania)
  rightWaratah River, Wandle River (Tasmania), Hellyer River, Salmon River (Tasmania)
National parkSavage River National Park

Location and features

The Arthur River rises on the slopes of the Magnet Range, south of Waratah and flows generally north and then west, around the northern perimeter of the Savage River National Park. The river is joined by 25 tributaries including the Waratah, Wandle, Hellyer, Keith, Lyons, Rapid, Julius, Salmon and Frankland rivers. The Arthur River reaches its mouth at the settlement of Arthur River where it empties into the Southern Ocean. The river descends 480 metres (1,570 ft) over its 172-kilometre (107 mi) course.[1]

The river was named in honour of Sir George Arthur, the Lieutenant Governor of Van Diemens Land between 1824 and 1836.

On the coast near the river mouth 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.[2]

See also


  1. "Map of Arthur River, TAS". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  2. "Cradle Coast Newsletter" (PDF). Tourism Newsletter. Cradle Coast. December 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 August 2008. Retrieved 8 October 2008.

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