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Upgrade for Wineglass Bay Track

15/05/2017

Freycinet is the State's most visited national park, with 286,000 visitors in 2016, with about 34 per cent of visitors to Freycinet walking to the Wineglass Bay beach.More

New ecotourism experience at Narawntapu

15/05/2017

Tasmania's parks and reserves are extraordinary and the Hodgman Liberal Government's Expression of Interest (EOI) process is allowing the world to experience it through sensitive and appropriate developments in our national parks and World Heritage areas.More

International award for Three Capes Track

12/05/2017

The Three Capes Track has been recognized internationally, with the experience winning the International Planning and Design Award by American Trails at the International Trails Symposium in Dayton, Ohio.More

Aboriginal Heritage

Encounters

Aboriginal bark huts, as depicted during the Baudin voyage
Aboriginals have been in Tasmania for at least 35,000 years. The first European explorer to discover Tasmania, and subsequently name it Van Diemen’s Land, was Abel Janszoon Tasman, in 1642. He did not record any encounters with Aboriginals. It is possible that his journey was noticed by many tribes as he passed through their ‘country’, but as there are no ethnographic records from an Aboriginal perspective for this time, it is impossible to know for sure. Imagine seeing something for the first time, especially something which was so foreign in its very nature.

Other visitors to ‘Tasmania’ prior to British settlement include Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne in 1772, Captain James Cook in 1777, Bruni d’Entrecasteaux 1792-93 and Nicolas Baudin in 1802. Some of these explorers recorded interactions with the Aboriginals and the exchange of ‘tokens’; others did not see any Aboriginals but witnessed fires burning along the coast. Of the interactions there was at least one incident which resulted in injury and fatality.

For more information in relation to Aboriginal heritage within Tasmania see the Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania website: www.aboriginalheritage.tas.gov.au