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Celebrating the achievements of landcarers


The Tamar Island Wetland Cares Volunteer Group has been recognised in the 2017 Landcare Tasmania Awards.More

Horsetail Falls walk now open


Visitors to the West Coast are in for some spectacular views on the new Horsetail Falls walk near Queenstown.More

Bruny Island Neck lookout re-opens


The walkways and lookout at the Bruny Island Neck will re-open to the public today, following the completion of a new, larger car park that will provide improved access to the popular lookout.More


Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service community events and activities are held throughout the year in different locations.

Other events are also held in parks and reserves organised by community groups, commercial tourism operators and other organisations.

Please check the Calendar of Events listing below to find out what is happening around the State.


Cradle Mountain Peaks Challenge – Bicycle Network

Sunday 5th November
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Rated as one of the best 6 Grand Fondos in the world, the Cradle Mountain Peaks Challenge is a 235km 13-hour cycle event loop from Devonport to Dove Lake via Sheffield, Moina, Wilmot, North Motton and Forth.

Due to the large number of cyclists on the road between 6:30am to 7:30pm, several roads between Devonport and Cradle Mountain have partial or full closures in place, restricted vehicle access or speed restrictions.

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The road into Dove Lake from the Ranger Station will be closed to all vehicles from 9am to 2pm, except for the Shuttle Bus Service, Emergency Services and Parks & Wildlife vehicles. Please note that visitors will still be able to access Dove Lake & walking tracks via the Shuttle Service.

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The Three Capes Track Charity Challenge

Diabetes Tasmania

11th November 2017 to 14th November 2017 - World Diabetes Day

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Diabetes Tasmania, together with their volunteer charity challenge coordinator, Cath McDowell are proud to present this exciting new charity challenge, where participants will experience Australia and Tasmania’s best new tourism business - the breathtakingly beautiful Three Capes Track.

Diabetes Tasmania encourage people to embrace an active and healthy lifestyle while providing them with the means of helping others, and their charity challenges provide the opportunity to do just that.  All money raised through the charity challenges stay in Tasmania, to help provide vital programs and services to people living with diabetes, living with undiagnosed diabetes or at high risk of developing diabetes.

To show your support and donate to the challenge please go to



The Mitsubishi Motors Cradle Mountain Charge

Australian Electric Vehicle Association

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Sunday 12th November

This group drive is part of the AEVA National AGM & Convention held in Devonport to promote electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in Australia.  

Drive from Devonport to Cradle Mountain in a number of stages with plenty of stops for charging.  Stop at Sheffield for breakfast and Gowrie Park for lunch.  Then join us for a reception at Cradle Mountain in the afternoon.  We recommend staying (at least) overnight at Cradle Mountain, although it is possible to make it back to Devonport that evening if you need to. 

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All the vehicles taking part in the event will be on display in Devonport on Saturday 11 November, for more information go to Australian Electric Vehicle Association? -The Shannons Insurance Electric Vehicle Display on Facebook


2017 “Great Southern Land” ARB Variety 4WD Explorer

Variety Queensland

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12th November to 24th November 2017

The ARB Variety 4WD Explorer is a 14-day adventure taking 4WD vehicles and their drivers off the bitumen and on to challenging, yet fun, dirt roads and tracks. With an emphasis on the road less travelled, 4WD Explorer will navigate a safe, mapped and exciting course – soaking in the scenery, meeting the locals and having plenty of fun.

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Suited to anyone with an adventurous spirit and who takes pleasure in the great outdoors, this event has been a hit in previous years with places filling up fast! The ARB Variety 4WD Explorer caters for 4WD enthusiasts of all abilities with plenty of experienced drivers on the course ready to help out if the need arises.

To find out more please go to bit.ly/variety4wd


Old Pelion Hut Centenary Celebration

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November 2017

One of Tasmania’s favourite historic mountain huts, Old Pelion Hut in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, is celebrating its centenary this year.

Built in 1917 as accommodation for the manager of the nearby copper mine, Old Pelion Hut remains a popular landmark on the world-renowned Overland Track with many walkers making the short side trip to see this well-preserved slice of Tasmanian high country history.

An informal gathering and afternoon tea at Old Pelion Hut will take place on Saturday 18 November at 3:30pm. This event is open to the public and afternoon tea will be provided.

Bushwalkers who wish to make the trip into Old Pelion Hut should only attempt the 4-5 hour walk in Via Arm River if they are properly prepared and equipped and have a reasonable level of fitness to undertake the 12km walk. Walkers should bring a tent (as Pelion Hut will be occupied by Overland Track walkers) and be prepared to camp on the grass around Pelion Hut.

Please RSVP by the 13th November, to Lake St Clair Visitor Centre: (03) 6289 1172 during office hours or via email lakestclair@parks.tas.gov.au for catering purposes.

Walkers planning to attend the celebration are asked to arrange to car pool to the Arm River trailhead to limit overcrowding at the carpark and to ensure that vehicles are parked off the road to avoid congestion.

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Walkers will need to be self-sufficient and properly prepared, with appropriate clothing, tent and equipment for camping and have adequate food. For guidelines of appropriate preparedness for overnight hiking in Tasmania see: http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/?base=5576

Walkers making the trip in through Arm River to Pelion are reminded to take note of the Overland Track Usage Guidelines, which are in place throughout the booking season from October 1st to May 31st.  The usage guidelines are available at http://parks.tas.gov.au/file.aspx?id=37489

Also to mark the centenary a display of images, memorabilia and stories is on show at the Cradle Mountain Interpretation Centre during November.

Opening hours – 8:30am to 4pm daily, entry to the exhibition is free.

For more information email oldpelionhut@parks.tas.gov.au


Book signing and photography talkfest with Dave Watts

Narawntapu National Park

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November 2017

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11am – 12 noon & 1.00pm – 3.00pm both days

World-renowned wildlife photographer Dave Watts will be visiting Narawntapu National Park, and will be available at the Visitor Centre to answer wildlife photography questions and more. 

Dave is the author of many of Tasmania’s best-selling wildlife reference books, including Field Guide to Tasmanian Birds and Tasmanian Mammals: A Field Guide.

All of Dave’s publications will be available for purchase on the day, and Dave will be happy to sign them. Visitors that already have a copy of one of his books can also take them along to have them signed.