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Horsetail Falls walk now open

15/11/2017

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

10/11/2017

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

Maintaining vigilance with campfires

03/11/2017

Parks and Wildlife Service staff have thanked the many campers who have heeded the restrictions placed on campfires and pot fires, but ask that park and reserve visitors continue to take care while the fire risk remains high in certain areas of the State.More

Mt Direction Historic Site

Introduction

Mount Direction - the semaphore station at Launceston in 1844
The Mount Direction Semaphore Station was one of a number of stations set up in the Tamar Valley during the mid-nineteenth century. It provided a central link between the other stations which allowed communication to stretch from Launceston to George Town.  The Tamar Valley system is one of the earliest in Australia.

The Mount Direction site is particularly important as it is one of the only examples remaining; other stations in the Tamar system have been demolished or built over.  Mount Direction is the only site which still has its major parts in place, such as the old residence, out-buildings and walls.

Mount Direction Historic Site is important as an example of the communications system used in British military colonies during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  It was used for both government and maritime functions.  It is different from similar stations in southern Tasmania (such as Tasman peninsula) because of its well-built nearby house.