If you’re travelling from the north, drive along the Bass highway (A2) via Stanley / Smithton and head down to Arthur River on the C249. This road is sealed and gives great views of the wild Tarkine coastline.
When driving from the south, take the C249 from Zeehan to Corinna. Parts of this road are sealed, the last 12km is gravel and leads to the Fatman Barge where you will cross the Pieman River into Corinna. It will cost approximately $13 for pedestrians, $28 standard vehicles and $33 for Extended vehicle/ caravan.
If you are coming from Burnie take the B18 and head north to Arthur River via Smithton. Don’t forget to stop at Stanley and climb the Nut for a tree top view of the Tarkine.
Take the A10 if you are coming from Cradle Mt and turn north onto the B18 and into Waratah. Enjoy the drive through button grass valleys under the backdrop of Tarkine mountain ranges. The road narrows and changes gravel as you wind your way deeper south toward Corinna.
Roads are safe and accessible all year round within the Tarkine region – at times you might experience a snow fall now and again.
Drive carefully and watch out for wildlife on roads. You may catch a glimpse of two of our endangered birds, the great Wedge-tailed Eagle or the shy rare Goshawk.
Most of all, it’s important to take time to stop and explore on foot – we want you to see more of Tasmania than the white line on the highway!
If you would like to hire a car there are several car hire companies available. They include the following Avis, Thrifty and Europecar.
Based from the Burnie Airport at Wynyard, Avis Rent a Car have a wide range of vehicles for hire, at competitive prices. Whatever your needs, from small manuals to large automatics, 4 wheel drives and even an 8-seater people mover. Phone (03) 6442 2512 or visit the Avis Rent a Car website for more information.
Bus services will get you from major towns and cities in Tasmania (Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie). Redline coaches will get you along the north west coast to Smithton, but you will have to make your own way into the Tarkine from there.
The Spirit of Tasmania. Spirit I and II ferry services travel between station peer in Port Melbourne to Geelong. Bring your own vehicle and explore at your own pace.
For further details on fares or to make a booking go to the website www.spiritoftasmania.com.au