Sandy Cape camping area (bush camping)
The largest sand dunes in the state are at Sandy Cape, but they are hard to reach and this unserviced camping ground on Tasmania’s remote west coast is only accessible by 4WD. Tracks in the area should be attempted by experienced drivers only, and you’ll need to check track conditions and organise your Arthur–Pieman Off-Road permit with the ranger at Arthur River before you head out. Access is via the Temma or Balfour 4WD tracks off the Western Explorer (C249), 50 km south of Arthur River. The beach drive from Greenes Creek to Sandy Cape is rated hard due to quicksand and should not be attempted alone. Bring drinking water and all self-sufficient supplies.
Who to contact: PWS Arthur River (03) 6457 1225 How to book: Arthur River Cabin Park, 1239 Arthur River Rd (03) 6457 1212 www.arthurrivercabinpark.com Camping fees: fees payable at ranger station Permits: an Arthur–Pieman Off-Road permit is required to drive south of Temma Road conditions: recreational vehicle access to the area is under review and may change; check closures and track conditions before travel www.parks.tas.gov.au
This campsite is located in Arthur–Pieman Conservation Area
Between the Tarkine rainforest wilderness and the wild Southern Ocean, this remote strip of heathland, dunes and forest lies directly in the path of relentless ocean storms. Once the home of the Tarkiner people, it has an incredibly rich concentration of archaeological sites dating back some 30 000 years. Apart from the Western Explorer route, access is only possible via 4WD tracks, so it remains mostly uninhabited, with only a handful of fishing shacks along its windswept coast. The area’s tracks and beaches are perfect for horseriding and there are holding yards at Arthur River and Rebecca Creek.
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