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Manuka Campground is located in the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area, alongside the Arthur River and township. It is a basic, unpowered campground with flushing and pit toilets, and bore water is available.
Camping fees are $15 per night, and payment is made at the Arthur River Parks Office just up the road from the campground. If arriving after-hours, you can use the self-serve booth at the office to pay for your site.
There is a large, flat grassy camping area on entry to Manuka campground at Arthur River, otherwise continue down the tracks past this open area to find more private camping spots. We found ourselves tucked down out of the wind in Site 28 for our visit and enjoyed spotting wallabies, possums, wombats, and numerous birds.
This campground does not allow off-road recreational vehicles (motorbikes, buggies, etc), so it is a great quiet option during busy seasons.
A dump point is available at the Edge of the World car park. There are no bins provided at the campground, so campers are required to take their rubbish with them. Fires are allowed in fire pits, and you will need to bring your own firewood. A general store is located just down the road from the campground.
Address: Arthur River Road, Arthur River, Tasmania
Cost: $15 per night
- Pets allowed
- Bore water (boil for 3 minutes before drinking)
- Fire pits allowed (except during fire bans)
- Generators allowed
- Fishing and boat ramp nearby
- Dump point nearby
- Mobile phone reception
- Suitable for 2WD, caravans, camper trailers, motorhomes, buses, and tents
Things to do at Arthur – Pieman Conservation Area
Part of the pristine Tarkine region, the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area is over 100,000ha, and the Tarkine Drive loops through the area. We recommend popping into the Arthur River Parks Office to grab a map and advice on where to visit. The area is a popular destination for off-road driving, and those wishing to explore the recreational vehicle tracks will need to purchase a pass from the Parks Office.
Our top picks from our visit are:
- The Edge of the World lookout, which offers magnificent views over the wild West Coast waters.
- Taking a scenic drive south to Temma, stopping in at Nelson Bay, Sarah Anne Rocks, and Couta Rocks. Heading north, you can stop in at Bluff Hill Point lighthouse for sweeping views up the coast.
- Driving up to the old Balfour township (4WD required) to explore the old cemetery and mining area.
- Fishing in the Arthur River.