The Lodge commands an absolute riverfront position on the southern bank of the famous Arthur River, just upstream of where it flows west into the pounding surf of the Southern Ocean. Consequently, the view from the living areas of both units could reasonably be described as "stupendous" and certainly an absolute standout from most holiday rental properties. The setting and quality of the Lodge are confirmed by comments written in our guest book and reviews listed below:
"D&K. We enjoyed our an outlook...
"I and F de la R. We loved our stay in this beautiful spot. Very peaceful looking out at the river and ocean and local birds...
"D&N. Last minute booking, unsure what to expect....The views and location are quite amazing....So lovely walking in to find the wood heater set to light; great touch"
The recently renovated and substantially extended Lodge building completed January 2008 is divided into two apartments. This listing is for the smaller 2 bedroom DOWNSTREAM apartment. For the larger 3 bedroom UPSTREAM apartment, please see its separate HomeAway/Stayz listing.
The Lodge is proving popular for larger groups of up to 12 people who can be accommodated across the two apartments. There is convenient internal access between the living areas of the two units, which together offer great living and cooking space for large groups, with the two kitchens and living areas combined. The two apartments together received an award for the best group accommodation in Tasmania.
The unusual and stylish design of the Lodge was significantly influenced by the sprawling family "shack" from which it was developed and by the wish to showcase the view, whilst trapping the warmth of the sun. The result is an attractive, one-of-a-kind design, with interesting angles inside and out. The visual impact of the unusually spacious living areas is enhanced by their high, raked ceilings, their exposed beams and by the clean, modern decor.
The living area of the Downstream apartment looks out to the north and west onto the view of the ocean and Arthur River. The extensive north-facing patio which is shared with the Upstream apartment is a sun trap and is sheltered from the cooler south or south-west winds. When shade is needed, this is provided by the several market umbrellas stored on the patio. The patio is an ideal place to unwind, have a meal around the Downstream outdoor table and take in nature.
The patio slopes to the fully fenced large lawn, so that small children and pets can be safely confined to the northern side of the property between the Lodge and the river. Beyond the lawn, and through a small gate, there is a path that goes down a short, steep slope, then on to the river edge, where it is possible to fish, keep canoes or moor a boat
The Downstream apartment has won a national award for accessible accommodation. It meets AS 1428 for disabled access, apart from the main bedroom. The second accessible bedroom has twin beds on castors. The one bathroom which comes off the living area has a spacious curtained shower enclosure designed for wheelchair access. The WC and washbasin are also wheelchair-friendly.
Even if the sun does not shine and it is freezing outside, you will be as warm as you want, as the building is well insulated and heated throughout. There is a slow-combustion wood stove firewood provided and reverse cycle air-conditioning if you do not want to light the fire. The 2008 renovation and extension was essentially a complete rebuild which included a new kitchen, quality new furnishings, fittings and decoration. The living/kitchen/dining area has a raked, lofty ceiling.
The washing machine and dryer are housed in the bathroom.
WHAT ARTHUR RIVER VILLAGE AND THE AREA AROUND HAVE TO OFFER
Experience being sandwiched between the Tarkine Forest and the wild West Coast of Tasmania where Tasmanian devils and diverse wildlife still abound
The Arthur River village is unique for its position on the edge of the Tarkine Forest, right on the rugged West coast, as it is the only easily accessed settlement that faces the Southern Ocean on this coast. The village straddles the mouth of the wild and undammed Arthur River in the middle of the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area, which encompasses much of the Tarkine Forest.
Wildlife abounds in the huge Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area. The animals treat the village as part of their home. A large wombat lives in the storm-drain beside the Lodge and frequently ambles down the road and around the house. Spotted quolls have been, well- spotted, crossing the front lawn. Tasmanian devils are seen frequently in the village.
Apart from people who live on the North and West Coasts of Tasmania, the Arthur River area is little known for its fishing, but it is, in fact, a great destination for fishermen, with very crafty trout in the river and good beach and rock fishing.
The coast just north of the River is famed for its surf, so that each year there are major national surfing and wave-sailing events. At other times, the breaks are never crowded.
It is easy to explore the wonderful, varied and accessible coastline which has sweeping beaches and little coves between rocky outcrops. You can walk from the village for long distances along the coast to the north or south of the River mouth, or access the coast further to the north or south from the Village at several points on side roads.
You can launch your own boat into the river at a ramp just down the road and then keep it on the river bank in front of the Lodge. There is ample space for parking a boat trailer outside the Lodge. Alternatively, you can hire a boat or canoe at the local boat hire. You can travel easily by boat inland for 15km up the Arthur River and much further than that in a canoe to see the pristine and majestic Tarkine forest. If you prefer to have someone else do the navigation and to have the local natural features pointed out to you, take a trip up the river on the characterful "George Robinson" cruise boat. Book early on. The "George Robbie" leaves from the village just across the river from the Lodge on most days other than in July to August
There are many other attractions within a 100km radius of the village, including historic and pretty Stanley and the huge dairy and wind farm at Woolnorth, right on the top left-hand corner of Tasmania
The main road that enters Arthur River village from the north is well-engineered and sealed. The scenic Western Explorer Road continues south of the village to Corinna, from where it is easy to reach Strahan and all of southern Tasmania. The section of the Western Explorer between Arthur River and Couta Rocks is now sealed. This little-known road makes it possible to complete a loop around much of Tasmania's coastline. Parts of the Western Explorer remain unsealed, but these sections are well-maintained and suitable for all vehicles, when driven carefully.
Accept Mastercard, Visa, Air conditioning, Baby cot, Bath, BBQ, Boat ramp nearby, Books, CDs, DVDs supplied, Satellite TV, CD/DVD player, High-chair, Full kitchen and laundry facilities, Linen supplied, Wood supplied for log fires, pets allowed, wheelchair access design in Downstream unit.
FAMILY FRIENDLY FEATURES;
We aim to make the Lodge as family friendly as possible. The virtually flat large front lawn is securely enclosed, not only to keep small children in, but the wallabies out, as their poo is very messy.
A high chair and a portacot with linen are available at no extra cost. Both apartments are equipped with plastic plates and cutlery designed for children.
We do not, however, provide guards for the wood stoves, so these must not be used when small children are in your party.
SHOPPING AND FUEL
It is important to note that there is only a small food store in Arthur River village which also makes good take-away food. No vehicle or boat fuel is available in the village. There are general stores north of Arthur River at Marrawah 16 km and Redpa 17 km which have fuel bowsers.
The nearest supermarkets are 65 km northwest of Arthur River at Smithton.