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Visitor safety under the spotlight in new walker safety video

16/04/2018

Visitor safety in Tasmania's national parks and reserves has received a major investment with a suite of projects, including a new feature video on bushwalking preparation and safety.More

Draft Frenchmans Cap Recreation Zone Plan 2018

12/04/2018

The Parks and Wildlife Service has released the Draft Recreation Zone Plan 2018 for the Frenchmans Cap area.More

Redeveloped Lake Tahune Hut now open

12/04/2018

A locally designed and built, energy-efficient and sustainable hut is now welcoming bushwalkers at Lake Tahune on the Frenchmans Cap Track in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.More

Southport Lagoon Conservation Area

Introduction

Southport Lagoon

Southport Lagoon
(Photo by Andrew D. Short)

Lying approximately 80km south of Hobart the 4,280 hectare Southport Lagoon Conservation Area possesses a wide diversity of significant natural, cultural and recreational values.

The area combines a rich history with a unique natural heritage. The area is the type locality for a large number of Tasmania’s unique native plants - an area, like Botany Bay, from which a large proportion of the Australian flora was first collected, described and named.

The area is enjoyed by visitors who engage in a wide variety of recreational activities, from boating and fishing, camping and kayaking, to bird watching and bushwalking.

Many four wheel drive enthusiasts are drawn to the area, which in the past has resulted in considerable environmental damage. However, current management of the Conservation Area aims to provide better protection for the significant natural and cultural values by halting the environmental damage that has occurred as a result of uncontrolled use of recreational vehicles. To facilitate the continued enjoyment of the area by recreational vehicle drivers, an alternative access road has been built via the Lagoon Track, which provides a high clearance four wheel drive track to the north-west section of the lagoon.