We are looking to head over to Arthur River and the northwest corner to explore the Tarkine, so today we finally said goodbye to Strahan after a nice week long stay.
We set off north to find a camp for the night or a few days. We drove through Tullah and Lake McIntosh and had a look at some campsites we had found on WikiCamps, however, we ended up driving further along to Waratah instead.
Waratah was a new place to explore for us and we set up at the RV Stop for $10/night with a beautiful lakefront spot!
Waratah Falls is right in the middle of town which can be viewed from the top and the bottom… better views from the bottom though so we’d recommend the short, steep walk down.
Kenworthy’s Stamper Mill is in the main street and is an impressive display of working machinery which was relocated from Mt Bischoff to the centre of town. Worth a stop in to press the button to see it in action!
After a couple of nights in Waratah, we were travelling further north. We had seen Smithton RV Park on WikicCamps and it looked to be a good spot to stop for a few days. This camping area is free and you can camp right on the duck pond and enjoy the beautiful surrounds – the cute little friendly locals wander by to say hi as well!
We planned to do some of the Tarkine Drive while we based ourselves in Smithton. We did a loop from Smithton (showed in yellow below) which covered the eastern part of the Tarkine. Many people had recommended that we DO NOT miss the Tarkine, but the drive left us a little underwhelmed if we are being honest. This is not to deter you from going yourself, however, we think we had seen a lot more Tasmanian wilderness beauty elsewhere on the island, particularly down around the southern region near Gordon Dam.
The Trowutta Arch was definitely the highlight of our day – it was spectacular!! We highly recommend a visit!
The Tarkine Drive has many points to stop along the way, most of them are short walks to lookouts or through rainforest trails. We stopped at Kanunnah Bridge, Sumac Lookout, Julius River, Lake Chisholm, Milkshake Hills and Trowutta Arch, this loop took us around 5 hours and this included all the exploring and a lunch stop.
As I said above, Trowutta Arch was definitely our favourite part of the drive.
The arch was formed by the collapse of a cave and is easily accessible with a short wander through lush rainforest. If you only see one thing on the Tarkine Drive, make it this!
We road tripped to the western side of the Tarkine Drive over to Arthur River. The day we visited it was as calm as calm could be – certainly no wild and rough ocean to be seen! The pictures below are from The Edge of The World Lookout.
We’ll finish this instalment with this little guy! He was more than happy for us to watch him forage for his lunch!