The "M.V. George Robinson'" departs from the mouth of the Arthur River at 1000, daily, for a five-hour cruise 14 kilometres (8 miles) up to the junction of the Arthur and Frankland rivers. This section of the tour takes about 90 minutes, and during the journey morning tea is served while cruising through the coastal heath, eucalyptus, wattles and on into the ancient rainforest.
During our two hour stop at Turk's Landing you can enjoy a leisurely stroll through the temperate rainforest with our tour guide. Upon return to our campsite among the trees you are served a barbecue lunch with a selection of fresh salads, bread rolls and wine.
After lunch we return to the vessel and make our way home, looking for sea eagles on the way. The "M.V. George Robinson" returns to the settlement at 1500.
Departs daily at 1000. Cost: Adult $95.00, Child over 5 years $35.00. Cruises operate from 01 September through to 01 June. No cruises on Christmas Day and Anzac Day.
Arthur River Cruises takes you up the Arthur River on the 15.5 metre (50 foot) “M.V. George Robinson,” built in the 1980s using plans from a 19th century river boat. Your journey takes you into the northwest’s temperate rainforest landscape to an area that has been virtually untouched by humans.
The Arthur River is one of the island’s seven major rivers and its remote location has protected the animals and bird life that live along its lush riverbanks. It’s around one-hour’s drive southwest of Smithton and 90 minutes from Stanley.
The only way you can explore this rainforest is on the River, and its banks are lined with rare endemic trees: leatherwoods, myrtles, laurels, celery top pine, sassafras, blackwood, Tasmanian oaks and giant tree ferns.
Your guides are all local people with a wealth of knowledge on the plant and animal life, the history of the area, and the Aboriginal tribes who once lived here.
If you are lucky you may spot sea eagles swooping overhead, see a shy platypus. The River is also home to the rare giant Freshwater Crayfish (Tayatea, Astacopsis gouldi) the largest non-marine invertebrate in the world, growing to over four kilogram (8.8 pounds).