The Meetup is based at the Arm River Outdoor Education Centre. It is now managed by the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service and is often referred to as the Arm River Camp by locals. The camp is located approximately 850 metres up Maggs Road (take the first turn right after crossing the Arm River on the Mersey Forest Road). The Mersey River Whitewater Course is then five minutes drive away.
Google Maps reference: -41.691077, 146.207297
Tas Government LISTmap reference: http://maps.thelist.tas.gov.au/listmap/app/list/map?bookmarkId=225310#.WbcvfjjSEyo.email
The Arm River Outdoor Education Centre and Mersey River White Water Regional Reserve are located in the heart of the north-west of Tasmania. The area is at least 1.5 hours drive from Launceston, 3.5 hours from Hobart or 1.5 hours from Devonport. For interstate or international visitors the choices are to fly into Launceston or Hobart or to catch an overnight or full-day ferry from Melbourne, Victoria to Devonport. If you intend to catch the ferry with your vehicle you need to back as soon as possible as spaces are extremely limited. This time of year is a very popular time to visit Tassie so car hire and flights also need to be arranged as soon as possible! There are no buses or transport options accessing this area – driving a car is the only option.
Accommodation & Facilities
The Arm River OE Centre was originally an old Forestry and Hydro complex. Please note that it has very basic facilities. Although there are some communal bunk rooms it is expected that many participants will bring a tent and camp outside. The camp has toilets and showers and a very small basic kitchen as well as an outdoor barbeque. It also has a communal area plus a classroom for presentations. Note that there is almost no phone coverage after you leave Mole Creek and definitely none at either the accommodation venue or the Mersey Whitewater Course.