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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

News Archive

December 2004

Wild Times in National Parks

21/12/2004

The award-winning Summer Program is now in full swing, with a diverse range of exciting activities being held around the State.

Summer rangers ready to promote Tasmania's unique attractions

20/12/2004

Twenty Parks and Wildlife summer rangers are ready to promote Tasmania's unique wildlife and history as part of the Parks and Wildlife Service's Summer Ranger program.

More EPIRBs and More Locations to Hire Them

19/12/2004

The State Government has increased the availability of Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) by purchasing an additional 25 EPIRBs and making them available at more places throughout the state.

Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Plan Limited Review

11/12/2004

A limited, mid-term review of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan 1999 is currently underway.

Whale Strandings Update

02/12/2004

The carcasses of whales which died following recent strandings at Maria Island are to be removed to a remote location for assessment and autopsies before being towed out to sea and dumped.

November 2004

Freycinet Peninsula walking tracks now open

30/11/2004

All walking tracks on the Freycinet Peninsula are now open after a fire had burnt parts of the peninsula.

Two Whale Strandings

30/11/2004

Two whale rescue operations have been mounted within a day of each other in Tasmanian waters - one on King Island, where over 150 pilot whales and dolphins were discovered stranded on November 28, and on Maria Island where 53 long-fin pilot whales were...

Freycinet Peninsula walking tracks closed due to fire

11/11/2004

A fire on the Freycinet Peninsula has resulted in the closure of Hazards Beach, the Isthmus and all other Peninsula Tracks. The Wineglass Bay Lookout Track and beach walk remains open.

October 2004

Hastings Thermal Springs Pool re-opens after upgrade

14/10/2004

The Hastings Thermal Springs Pool is open again following a recent upgrade.

Disease Affecting Tasmanian Devils

08/10/2004

Disease affecting Tasmanian Devils.

Foxes in Tasmania

08/10/2004

Fox sightings in Tasmania of grave concern.

The Great Australian Bushwalk

08/10/2004

The Great Australian Bushwalk takes place on Sunday 24 October 2004 and offers an exciting range of walks around the State in the company of experienced and knowledgeable guides

Gunns Plains Cave re-opens

04/10/2004

Minister for Tourism, Parks and Heritage Ken Bacon said today that the Gunns Plains Cave in the northwest of the State had re-opened following the completion of a program of infrastructure improvements by the Parks and Wildlife Service.

Get walking in Tasmania's parks

01/10/2004

Three guided walks are to be held as part of get walking Tasmania week. Walks will be held at Narawntapu National Park on Thursday, October 7, Tamar Island Wetland Centre on Tuesday October 5 and Mt Wellington, the Springs Circuit on Monday, October 4.

September 2004

Information on Tasmania's buttongrass moorlands now online

30/09/2004

The distinctive buttongrass moorlands so common in western Tasmania provide a rich habitat for a diversity of species, while the coastal plant communities of the State comprise species well adapted to the harsh conditions.

State of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Report Released

10/09/2004

The first State of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Report has been released. Publication of this ground-breaking report marks a significant step in making management of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area more open, informed, and...

All walking tracks at Tasman National Park now open

07/09/2004

All walking tracks at Tasman National Park which had previously been closed due to fire damage are now open to the public.

Upgrade for Thermal Springs Pool at Hastings

07/09/2004

Hastings Thermal Springs Pool will be closed for an upgrade from 9th September until the 8th October 2004. The Visitor Centre at Hastings and the cave tours will still be operating.

August 2004

Cape Hauy Walking Track now open, others remain closed

27/08/2004

The walking track from Fortescue Bay to Cape Hauy has been reopned to the public. However, the Cape Pillar and Mt Fortescue tracks remain closed due to fire damage.

Threatened Species Day

26/08/2004

National Threatened Species Day is on 7th September (the date the last thylacine died in captivity at Beaumaris zoo). A host of activities are running state-wide involving many...

Outwit, Outplay, Outfox

18/08/2004

A Fox Education and Resource Kit has been added to the Education Section of the Parks and Wildlife Service web site.

Parks Entry Fee Rises to be put back into Parks Upkeep

05/08/2004

National park entry fees will rise from 1 November this year, with the revenue to be put straight back into looking after Tasmania's world-class parks and reserve.

July 2004

New Shipwreck Profiles now online

28/07/2004

Information on the shipwreck of the Alert, the encampment of the survivors of the Sydney Cove shipwreck, and a new, interactive profile of the wreck site of the Tasman are now available online.

June 2004

Parks visitors warned about bogus infringement notices

30/06/2004

The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised visitors to national parks to be aware of a person allegedly impersonating a Parks and Wildlife ranger and extracting payment for an alleged infringement of park regulations.

Macquarie Harbour Whale Stranding Update

23/06/2004

A large sperm whale stranded in Macquarie Harbour has been successfully shepherded into deeper water.

Weekend thefts threaten popular budget huts at Mt Field

23/06/2004

PWS Senior Ranger Mark Pharaoh said today that the theft of wood heaters from the popular "Government Huts" at Mt Field over the weekend has forced their closure.

Macquarie Harbour Whale Stranding

16/06/2004

Efforts are underway to rescue a large sperm whale stranded in Macquarie Harbour.

Plastic tops the rubbish list on Macquarie Island clean-up

15/06/2004

A recent clean-up of a small section of Macqaurie Island's coastline has yielded an astonishing quantity and variety of marine debris.

May 2004

Mole Creek hosts national cave gathering

27/05/2004

Cave managers, guides and cave experts from around Australia have gathered at Mole Creek for cave management and tourism related workshops and meetings, Tourism, Parks and Heritage Minister Ken Bacon said today.

Improved Management for Overland Track

27/05/2004

The Parks and Wildlife Service will develop and implement a plan to strategically guide the future management, presentation and marketing of the Overland Track, the Minister for Tourism, Parks and Heritage, Ken Bacon said today.

Parks Fees Fund a Wide Range of Park Facilities

19/05/2004

Your national park entry fees play a major role in funding the many facilities and services provided within Tasmania's parks and reserves.

Cradle Mountain Spring Bus Timetable

19/05/2004

Cradle Mountain's popular shuttle service will continue to operate throughout the park on weekends during winter.

April 2004

New Amendments to the Tasmanian Trail Guidebook

28/04/2004

The Tasmanian Trail is the State's premier long distance all-purpose trail. The latest amendments to the Tasmanian Trail Guidebook are available online.

A New Web Site for the Parks and Wildlife Service

28/04/2004

The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service launched a new web site on 28 April 2004. Take a good look around the site and you will discover a wealth of information.