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  • Writer's pictureHelen Avaient

The intoxicating Edge of the World in Tasmania Australia

Updated: Mar 7, 2022

The longest uninterrupted expanse of water on the globe is the Indian Ocean to the west of Tasmania.

Keep sailing west from the shores of Tasmania and you will travel more than halfway around our beautiful planet, before hitting land again, in Argentina.

Located just south of Arthur's River, this is a destination that has been mainly untouched by human hands. I stare in awe at the power of the sea. The rhythmic surges sweeping in and out, seem like the pulse of the earth. At times slowly moving when at peace, other times raging and battering as if the earth has just ran a marathon.

The wild waves sweep tree trunk sized logs of driftwood into the shoreline.

The landscape here is ancient. There is much to explore and the Tarkine Drive takes wanderers through towering trees and untouched lands.

There is a lookout at the Edge of the World, with bbqs and toilets. A boardwalk has been constructed to make parts of the walk more accessible, and to protect the landscape.

Various walks can take you along the edge of the ocean and allow a greater appreciation of this rugged wilderness.

The Arthur River Coastal Walk will take you north along the coast to the Bluff Hill Point Lighthouse, about a six hour round trip. Or walk from Arthur River to the Edge of the World, around a ten minute journey by foot. Brave surfers can often be seen catching some massive waves here.

It was with great joy that I discovered a small babbling waterfall just south of Arthurs River along the Tarkine Drive.

I was lucky enough to spot one of the native wombats strolling along in the marshy wetlands. This one was camera shy.

The beauty and majesty of this land can both delight and frighten with its peacefulness, strength and power. I count myself blessed to have experienced this destination at least once in my lifetime and recommend the Edge of the World to all adventurers and travellers.

Happy Travels!

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