Ever wanted to stand on the Edge of the World?
Gardiner Point is the place for you to do just that! Located just outside the town of Arthur River on Tasmania’s North West coast is the place dubbed the Edge of the World.
Now, unless you believe in the flat Earth theory, you know Earth doesn’t really have edges. So why is this place called the Edge of the World?
The reason for the unusual name is because it’s the most western point of Tasmania. If you head west from this point, you’ll encounter nothing but ocean until you reach the coast of Argentina! In fact, it’s the longest uninterrupted stretch of ocean in the world! Certainly sounds like an appropriate name doesn’t it?
Wild and rugged landscape
The scenery at Gardiner Point is certainly beautiful in a rugged and weather beaten way. Mother nature really shows off her true strengths here. Powerful waves ride atop the blue oceans surface and mercilessly batter the rugged coastline. Powerful enough to throw around the white bleached skeletons of trees. Creating huge piles along the beaches and rocks.
With no land mass to slow her down, the famous “Roaring Forties” winds sweep in from the Indian Ocean uncontested and powerful. Shrubs and grasses cling to life in whatever nooks and crannies they can find refuge and put down roots. This is no place to be wearing a hat!
Cutting through the middle of this wind and ocean chaos is the Arthur River. Unlike everything else it seems to wind it’s way serenely through the extreme weather and calmly flows out to sea.
Boardwalk to the Edge
The boardwalk heading out to the Edge of the World plaque is short and sweet. The distance from the car park to the plaque I would estimate to be under 50 metres and can be reached in under a minute. So it’s suitable for all fitness levels and ages. The boardwalk to the plaque branches off in two directions around the halfway mark. One heads towards the plaque and the other heads to the upper lookout area, which has a few steps to reach.
Upper Lookout Platform
The upper lookout platform is the place to go for commanding views of the surrounding area. From up here you can see all the way down the coastline, the river entrance and it’s a good spot to get some nice panoramic photos.
The upper lookout also highlights the history of the area. Information boards are dotted around the outside of the upper lookout fencing and contain some amazing facts and insights about the Aboriginal (Manegin) people who inhabited the area. Information on how they constructed their homes, how and what they hunted and ate, and generally survived in this region.
Even after reading all the information, I am still amazed that anyone could survive out here for long. It’s a real testament to the ingenuity, knowledge and skill of the Aboriginal people.
Our sour experience
Sadly, our experience wasn’t overly pleasant. We drove 4 hours and received a cracked front window on our car from a rock thrown up by a passing truck. So straight away our journey had a few sour feelings and our enthusiasm was dampened by the time we reached the Edge of the World. It’s just bad luck and could have happened at any time. But we always like to be subjective and give our honest thoughts. So putting those sour feeling aside and simply judging this destination on its merits alone, we came to the conclusion below.
Should you visit?
Sure, the scenery is stunning. It feels rugged and isolated. And standing on the Edge of the World does have a certain romantic quality about it. But we wouldn’t suggest driving hours out of your way just to visit this one destination.
If you’re staying in the area or passing through to see some of the other amazing destinations this part of Tasmania has to offer. And there are a lot! Then we would suggest stopping in for 10-20 minutes to take a few photos of yourself with the plaque marking the Edge of the World and soak up the views. Maybe catch a stunning sunrise or sunset if possible, but not much more than that.