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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.

Active Autumn Amazing Race

Free family-friendly fun

Starts Saturday 14 April

Looking for something to do over the school holidays? Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS), alongside Healthy Tasmania, are running The Active Autumn Amazing Race Series in a park near you.

Active Autumn Amazing Race Series 2018
Join our energetic Discovery Rangers for a fun-filled session of games, sport, and laughter, where teams compete against each other in a series of family-friendly challenges, run against the clock. Grab your friends and family, don some fancy dress, and bring your competitive spirit – a $200 Anaconda Gift Voucher will be  awarded to the winning team, as well as a $50 voucher to the team with the best costumes!

Registrations are not necessary – just show up with your teammates, sensible shoes, a water bottle, a rain jacket, hat, and a sense of adventure! Meet the Discovery Ranger at the specified location.

Activities are likely to go ahead in light rain/showers, but may be cancelled in inclement weather. Please phone 0400 968 570 if you have any questions.        

Please note activities are free to join but a  Parks Pass is required for Mount Field National Park.




Meeting Point

Sat 14/4


Tolosa Park, Glenorchy

Hut 9 “Peppermint”

Sat 14/4


Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area, Launceston

Hoo Hoo Hut (end of Duck Reach Road)

Sun 15/4


Tamar Island Wetlands Centre, Riverside

Visitor Centre

Sat 28/4


Mount Field National Park (Parks Pass required)

Meet at the purple flag outside the Visitor Centre

Sat 28/4


Bicheno Sports Oval

Amenities block behind the school, Burgess Street

Sun 29/4


St. Helens Recreation Ground

At main entrance

Sat 5/5


Mount Nelson Signal Station, Hobart

At the Signal Station (end of Nelson Road)

Sat 12/5


Christopher Johnson Memorial Park, Kingston Beach

At the picnic shelter



Turning of the fagus

from now to early May 2018

The Tasmanian highlands are about to host a riot of colour as part of the annual turning of the fagus. The fagus, or deciduous beech, turns gold, red and orange during the cooler autumn months. It is Australia’s only cold climate winter-deciduous tree and is found only in Tasmania.

Fagus is best seen at Mount Field and Cradle Mountain so take time to experience this colourful autumn phenomenon.

Turning of the fagus

From now to early May, visitors can view the turning of the fagus on the Tarn Shelf and at Lake Fenton at Mount Field National Park, where there is an observation area. Fagus is also highly visible on the Dove Lake circuit and the Crater Lake walk at the Cradle Mountain- Lake St Clair National Park. 

Mount Field National Park will host one of the Active Autumn Amazing Race Series events on Saturday 28 April from 1pm.  

A Wildtrack Ranger will be roving at Tarn Shelf and other alpine tracks from Saturday 21 April to Sunday 29 April.

Waterfalls Café is hosting a Fagus Weekend Lazy Lunch to celebrate the fagus turning and tickets are on sale to book for the special event. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/fagus-weekend-lazy-lunch-tickets-44621648552  

For information about fagus, road and weather conditions please contact the visitor centre at Mount Field on 6288 1149 and at Cradle Mountain on 6492 1110