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New lease of life for original lighthouse vents

15/05/2018

As part of the ongoing conservation of the Cape Bruny and Maatsuyker Island lighthouses, a team effort has been underway to restore the original bronze vents from the lighthouses' lantern rooms.More

Record visitor numbers at Highfield Historic Site

09/05/2018

Visitation numbers at Highfield Historic Site in Stanley have reached a record high, with 12,535 people visiting in the 12 months ending March 2018.More

Cradle Mountain shuttle bus tender awarded

08/05/2018

A new bus fleet featuring environmentally friendly technology and vehicles with improved accessibility and increased capacity will help to meet increasing visitor numbers following the awarding of the tender to McDermott Coaches.More

Simpsons Point Marine Conservation Area

The Simpsons Point Marine Conservation Area occupies 573.9 hectares in the D'Entrecasteaux Channel surrounding Simpsons Point, on the northern tip of South Bruny Island.

Simpsons Point Marine Conservation Area

The reserve encompasses sheltered habitats influenced by relatively cold and dark water currents, which has resulted in an array of interesting and unique habitats and invertebrate communities normally found in deeper waters. Reef habitats off Simpsons Point support seawhip beds, sponges, and animals such as spiny pipehorse (Solegnathus spinosissimus), Tasmanian numbfish (Narcine tasmaniensis), ringed puffer fish (Omegophora armilla), and the rare and endemic seastar (Smilasterias tasmaniae). 

The area is also a nursery and refuge area for sharks and supports scallop beds and highly localised flora including species such as Schizoseris tasmanica, an endemic red alga.

The area was proclaimed a conservation area under the Nature Conservation Act 2002 on 9 December 2009. This reserve class provides for the protection and maintenance of the natural and cultural values of the area and the sustainable use of natural resources.

Fishing is permitted in the reserve. Rules and regulations relating to recreational fishing in Tasmania can be found in the Recreational Sea Fishing Guide.