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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

Aboriginal Occupation

The Bassian Plains allowed Aboriginal people to travel from the mainland to Tasmania.  
Aboriginals have been in what is now known as Tasmania for at least 35,000 years. It is believed that they crossed over into Tasmania via a land bridge, known as the Bassian Plains, which formed between Tasmania and modern day Victoria during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM).

Up until about 12,000 years ago this land bridge allowed both seasonal and permanent habitation of Tasmania, which at that point was far larger and had a vast wealth of resources. Around 12,000 years ago the land bridge started receding as a result of the end of the LGM. Water levels rose about 120 metres and the Aboriginal people became cut off for over 10,000 years, becoming the longest isolated group in history.

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