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Preparation for 4 Wheel Driving (photograph: Max Lettner)

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Safety alert: Whale carcasses on the West Coast
Applies from 1/4/2022

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Following the mass stranding of long-finned pilot whales near Strahan in September 2020, the majority of carcasses from within Macquarie Harbour, and on the southern end of Ocean Beach (from Macquarie Heads to Ocean Beach Trail) have been removed and/or buried.

Large numbers of whale carcasses remain in other areas, including along the ocean coastline from Cape Sorrell to Low Rocky Point, and along the northern end of Ocean Beach (from Ocean Beach Trail to Trial Harbour).

The public and dogs must not approach or come into contact with whale carcasses. Contact can be hazardous and spread harmful bacteria. Visitors are strongly encouraged to check for carcasses upstream of the coastline in creeks and rivers before collecting drinking water; and to be aware that additional native scavengers and predators have likely been attracted to the area by the whales.

It is an offence under the Whales Protection Act 1988 to interfere, obtain or possess any part or product of a whale.

The Parks and Wildlife Service expects whale carcasses will move with the tides, and continue to wash up and down the coastline for some time. Heavy storm activity may also uncover previously buried whale carcasses. 

The Parks and Wildlife Service apologises for any inconvenience.​​​​

Last reviewed 7/4/2022 10:19 AM

​​​​​Recreational Driver Pass for the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area​

The Arthur Pieman Conservation Area (APCA) located in the remote north west is currently the only place in Tasmania where off-road, 4WD drivers are required to purchase a Recreational Driver Pass. Income from the Recreational Driver Pass finances track maintenance and helps protect cultural and natural heritage in the APCA.

There are many beautiful places to visit in the APCA where you do not need to drive off-road.​ 

Please note: Only drivers intending to drive 4WD, off-road are required to purchase a Recreational Driver Pass. 

Visitors to the APCA do not require a National Parks Pass. ​

A Recreational Driver Pass allows you to drive on designated recreational vehicle tracks and routes (within the designated vehicle area) of the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area, and is subject to the following conditions:​

  • Vehicles must be registered and display registration plates in accordance with the Vehicle and Traffic Act 1999.
  • Drivers must possess a current driver’s licence for the type of vehicle being driven.
  • The Recreational Driver Pass must be presented to an authorised officer (Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service or Tasmania Police) when requested to do so.
  • Vehicles must only be driven on specified tracks, beaches and areas shown on the vehicle track maps in the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area Recreational Driving Guide.
  • Drivers must abide by vehicle control signs (in some circumstances, tracks may have seasonal or maintenance closures).​

Recreational Driver Passes can be purchased online through the Parks Pass Portal (select the bottom box) or via the PWS Arthur River Field Centre or Service Tasmania outlets.​ If purchasing a Recreational Driver Pass, print the temporary pass and bring it with you.  If you purchased an Annual Recreational Driver pass, you will need to collect your pass card from the Arthur River Field Centre on arrival.

Recreational Driving Guide - for 4WDs in the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area

Detailed maps of the vehicle tracks and routes that make up the designated vehicle area within the APCA are contained in the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area Recreational Driving Guide. It is well worth reading as this guide contains important information on preparing for your visit, facilities within the APCA, safe driving tips, and the natural and cultural heritage of the reserve.​​

If you are planning your first 4WD trip, consider taking a 4WD course in your own vehicle to become familiar with ​​​using recovery gear. Why not watch the Recreational Driving Video before you visit the Arthur-Pieman? It provides vital safety information and some sound advice on four-wheel driving technique.​​

​​ ​Arthur-Pieman Conserva​tion Area Recreational Driver Pass​​
1 month pass​
Annual pass​

Get​ an APCA Recreational Driver Pass

  APCA Rec Driving Guide - March 2019   (11Mb)​​​



Arthur River Field Centre
1409 Arthur River Road
Arthur River TAS 7330
Phone: 03 6457 1225