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Overland Track bookings open with a rush

18/07/2017

Tasmania's iconic world-renowned bushwalks are a key driver behind the boom in visitor numbers to the state, and bookings for the Overland Track walking season have opened with a rush for the peak summer period.More

Works under way to improve safety at Bruny Island Neck

07/07/2017

Bruny Island Main Road at The Neck will soon be a safer environment for road users, visitors and wildlife, with road and car park improvements starting this week.More

Productive summer on the Overland Track

27/06/2017

The Overland Track's summer works program has seen gains in sanitation, historic heritage conservation works and track improvements.More

News Archive

December 2008

Seal saved from agonising fate

23/12/2008

The danger posed by marine debris to wildlife was highlighted on the East Coast on Sunday when a juvenile New Zealand fur seal was saved from an agonizing fate by Parks and Wildlife Service officers.

New staff at Hastings for the peak season

10/12/2008

Five new staff have joined the team at Hastings Cave as they gear up for the busy holiday period.

Input Sought on Mt Field Site Plan

05/12/2008

The Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking public input into the development of a new site plan for the Russell Falls Visitor Services Zone.

November 2008

Eleven whales rescued In Tasmania's north-west

24/11/2008

Eleven pilot whales have survived a mass stranding at Stanley on Tasmania's north-west coast.

Rescued whales swimming freely in Bass Strait

24/11/2008

Satellite tracking devices fitted to five whales that were rescued following a mass stranding at Stanley on Saturday indicate the whales are swimming freely in deep water in Bass Strait.

Whale strandings at Stanley

24/11/2008

A number of pilot whales have died in a mass stranding at Stanley on Tasmania's north-west coast.

Twilight Tarn Hut closed until further notice

10/11/2008

The Parks and Wildlife Service wishes to advise walkers that Twilight Tarn Hut in the Mt Field National Park is closed to the public until further notice.

Free cave tours to celebrate cave centenary

07/11/2008

Free cave tours will be held at King Solomon's Cave at the Mole Creek Karst National Park this weekend to celebrate the cave's centenary, the Minister for Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts, Michelle O'Byrne, announced today.

Mystery Creek Cave reopens

04/11/2008

The Mystery Creek Cave system in the Southwest National Park has re-opened to the public this week.

New hut welcomes walkers on the Overland Track

03/11/2008

Tasmanians walking the Overland Track this summer will be able to enjoy the comfort of a new environmentally efficient hut at Windy Ridge, the Minister for Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts, Michelle O'Byrne, announced today.

October 2008

Bird River Walking Track closed temporarily

31/10/2008

The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised that due to a landslip, the Bird River walking track to Kelly Basin (southwest of Strahan) will be closed from today for approximately one week for track repairs.

Western Explorer Road now open

27/10/2008

The Western Explorer Road on the West Coast reopened to traffic on Friday, 24 October 2008.

Volunteer campground hosts sought for Cockle Creek

20/10/2008

The Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking people with a passion for the beautiful Cockle Creek area in Tasmania's far south area to be volunteer campground hosts for several weeks during the coming summer.

Research into fire fighters' fitness

20/10/2008

The Minister for Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts, Michelle O'Byrne today said that interstate researchers would use a fuel reduction burn at Ansons Bay in the State's north-east this weekend to conduct physiological research on fire fighters.

Fire closes tracks at Rocky Cape National Park

20/10/2008

Three tracks within Rocky Cape National Park; the Anniversary Bay Circuit, Banskia Grove track and the Lee Archer Cave tracks will be closed temporarily due to bushfire activity in the area

Prospect office closed to public

13/10/2008

The Northern Region Parks and Wildlife Service Office located at Prospect will be closed to the public from Friday 17 October 2008 to Monday 20 October 2008.

NSW fundraiser no connection to Tasmania

02/10/2008

Tasmania's Parks and Wildlife Service has no connection with a telephone fundraising campaign being conducted by the New South Wales-based Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife.

September 2008

Better protection for Lillico's much-loved penguins

26/09/2008

A new viewing platform at Lillico Beach will help give better protection to the much loved North West Coast penguin colony as well as an enhanced visitor experience.

Cooperative fuel reduction burning planned

04/09/2008

A series of fuel reduction burns will be conducted this month in Tasmania's North-East and on the West Coast as part of the inter-agency Fuel Reduction Burning Program.

Sustainable mountain biking in parks and reserves

04/09/2008

The Parks and Wildlife Service is working to deliver sustainable mountain bike recreation areas in two popular Tasmanian reserves, the Minister for Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts, Michelle O'Byrne, said today.

August 2008

Volunteer caretakers sought for Maatsuyker Island

08/08/2008

The Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking self-sufficient volunteers able to withstand the buffeting Roaring Forties for a four or six month stint at Australia's southernmost lighthouse on Maatsuyker Island.

Marakoopa Cave Re-opens

05/08/2008

Marakoopa Cave at the Mole Creek Karst National Park has re-opened, six weeks after a rock fall near the entrance resulted in the cave being closed to the public.

Track Strategy for Northern Nature Recreation Areas

04/08/2008

Public input is being sought for the development of a track strategy for the Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area and the Kate Reed Nature Recreation Area.

July 2008

Vehicle chains a must for Ben Lomond winter visitors

30/07/2008

The Parks and Wildlife Service today reminded motorists travelling to Ben Lomond National Park during winter that carrying chains is compulsory.

Tree removal begins on the Western Explorer Road

22/07/2008

The Western Explorer Road on the West Coast remains closed as work begins on the removal of burnt trees that have been classified as dangerous.

New lighting for Gunns Plains Cave

18/07/2008

A new electrical and lighting system will ensure that Gunns Plains Cave welcomes visitors to an improved experience.

Temporary Closure of Sandy Cape Track

11/07/2008

The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised that the Sandy Cape Track on Tasmania's West Coast will be closed temporarily to all traffic from 8 August, 2008.

World Heritage Committee Report

08/07/2008

A high-level international report on the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area has recognised the State's sound stewardship of one of the world's unique wilderness areas.

Tourism opportunity at Low Head

07/07/2008

The State Government is seeking expressions of interest for commercial operations at the historic Low Head maritime site.

Volunteers assist builders to spruce up Maria Island's convict buildings

07/07/2008

Weeds have been pulled, bricks have been pointed and buildings whitewashed as part of a major maintenance project for Maria Island National Park's historic convict buildings.

Maria Island wildlife management program completed

04/07/2008

The cull of kangaroos and wallabies on Maria Island has been successfully completed by officers from the Parks and Wildlife Service and Department of Primary Industries and Water.

Overland Track management delivers

02/07/2008

The Minister for Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts, Michelle O'Byrne, today released a report showing that improved management of the Overland Track was ensuring the popular walk remained sustainable into the future.

June 2008

Bad Signs for coastal vegetation vandals

25/06/2008

The Minister for Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts, Michelle O'Byrne, today said large deterrent signs and screens could soon be erected in areas where coastal vegetation had been illegally removed or damaged in reserves.

Marakoopa Cave closed due to rockfall

20/06/2008

Marakoopa Cave at the Mole Creek Karst National Park remains closed following a rockfall at the cave entrance last week.

Restricted access to Maria Island

20/06/2008

Intending visitors to Maria Island are advised that public access to Maria Island National Park will be restricted temporarily for a period of two weeks for a wildlife management program.

Warning to users of Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area

10/06/2008

Mountain bikers, horse riders and bushwalkers have been urged to take extreme care in the Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area following the discovery of wire hazards on a track.

Southport Lagoon road rehabilitated

10/06/2008

Rehabilitation of a former access road into the Southport Lagoon Conservation Area has been completed, reinstating the area's conservation values and discouraging illegal vehicle activity.

Report Highlights the Value of Parks

05/06/2008

A new report The Value of Parks focuses on the integral role of parks in the social, cultural, environmental and economic health of local communities.

Public input into cave management sought

02/06/2008

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is seeking public input into the management of the extensive cave and karst systems in southern Tasmania.

May 2008

Innovative Engineering at Female Factory

29/05/2008

An innovative engineering technique is being used to stabilise a wall at the historic Female Factory site in South Hobart.

Cradle shuttle service to continue through winter

19/05/2008

The popular shuttle service at Cradle Mountain will continue to operate throughout winter, providing access to Dove Lake during snowy conditions.

Restoration of Freycinet's historic Cooks Hut

05/05/2008

Volunteers from Friends of Freycinet and Parks and Wildlife Service staff spent the weekend celebrating the end of the restoration of historic Cooks Hut on the Freycinet Peninsula, following a working bee last week.

April 2008

Western Explorer Road

23/04/2008

The Western Explorer Road on the West Coast is likely to remain closed for up to two months in the aftermath of the recent large bushfire in the area.

Archaeological Survey of Macquarie Harbour

22/04/2008

Students from Tasmania, South Australia and Queensland are visiting the West Coast this week to help add to the knowledge of the penal settlement within Macquarie Harbour.

Macquarie Island visit assists in project planning

15/04/2008

A recent visit to the Macquarie Island Nature Reserve and World Heritage Area 1500 kilometres south-east of Tasmania has given Parks and Wildlife Service staff a first-hand look at the issues involved in eradicating rabbits, rats and mice in the challengi

Dick Smith donation to maintain wilderness walking track

09/04/2008

Premier Paul Lennon, today announced a significant donation from entrepreneur Dick Smith would assist the State Government maintain the well-known Frenchmans Cap walking track.

Western Explorer Road remains closed

03/04/2008

The Western Explorer Road on the West Coast remains closed for safety reasons.

March 2008

Fuel reduction burn program beginning soon

17/03/2008

A multi-agency fuel reduction burn program aimed at reducing the risks of bushfires will begin in several areas of the State as soon as weather conditions permit.

Gunns Plains Cave lighting to be improved

17/03/2008

The Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking tenders for a major upgrade of lighting and electrical equipment for Gunns Plains Cave.

Western Explorer Road Closed Due to Fire

17/03/2008

The public is being asked to avoid travel in the Savage River area of the north-west due to a large bushfire in the area.

Input welcome on Cockle Creek Site Plan

17/03/2008

The Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking public input into the development of a new site plan for Cockle Creek and Recherche Bay.

Walking tracks closed due to fire danger

14/03/2008

The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised that walking tracks in Freycinet, Maria Island and the Douglas Apsley national parks will be closed today, Friday, 14 March due to the high fire danger.

Pest eradication planners heading to Macquarie Island

13/03/2008

Parks and Wildlife Service pest eradication project staff will leave Hobart at the weekend for three weeks on Macquarie Island.

Adamsfield Conservation Area re-opens

05/03/2008

The Adamsfield Conservation Area in the south of the State re-opened today following clean-up operations after a fire in the Packers Spur area in December resulted in the closure of a number of tracks.

February 2008

Value Of World Heritage Area highlighted in chytrid report

28/02/2008

The significance of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) in protecting the State's wildlife has been highlighted with a recently completed study into the distribution of a fungal disease that is threatening frog populations around the worl

Parks fuel reduction burning program under way

27/02/2008

The Parks and Wildlife Service has begun its autumn fuel reduction burning program with two burns at Freycinet National Park on the East Coast under way.

Ben Lomond roadworks under way

26/02/2008

Road access to the village of Ben Lomond in Ben Lomond National Park will be restricted from 25 February to 24 April 2008 because of roadworks at Jacobs Ladder.

Open Day to Discuss Proposed Three Capes Track

22/02/2008

The Parks and Wildlife Service is encouraging people who would like to know more about the proposed Three Capes Track on the Tasman Peninsula to attend an open day that will be held at Eaglehawk Neck this weekend.

Invitation to comment on proposed development at Pumphouse Point

05/02/2008

The Parks and Wildlife Service is encouraging people to put forward their views about a proposed tourism development at Pumphouse Point within the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

Celebrate World Wetlands Day Tomorrow

01/02/2008

World Wetlands Day tomorrow will be celebrated by the Parks and Wildlife Service with Discovery Ranger activities around the state including activities at the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre in Launceston.

Changes to Tasman National Park and Reserves Management Plan

01/02/2008

The Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking public input into changes proposed to the Tasman National Park and Reserves Management Plan 2001 to allow for the further assessment and development of the Three Capes Track.

January 2008

New volunteer caretakers for Schouten Island

23/01/2008

Volunteer caretakers on Schouten Island, at the southern end of Freycinet National Park, will provide information to the increasing number of island visitors and record valuable information during the peak summer period.

Coningham Nature Recreation Area closed until further notice

15/01/2008

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is seeking the cooperation of the public in not entering the Coningham Nature Recreation Area following the bushfire that started on Friday, January 11.

Parks & Wildlife Service track closures and re-openings

15/01/2008

Please keep reading for an update of the status of walking tracks affected by fire and flood events.

Low Head visit

11/01/2008

The Minister for Tourism, Arts and the Environment, Paula Wriedt, met with community groups and commercial operators associated with the Low Head Pilot Station yesterday.

Fire danger forces walking track closures

11/01/2008

The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised that a number of walking tracks at Freycinet and Douglas Apsley national parks will be closed today (January 11) due to a fire danger warning for the area.

Dogs suspected over penguin deaths

11/01/2008

The Parks and Wildlife Service suspects that dogs are responsible for the deaths of seven little penguins at Lillico Conservation Area near Devonport early on Wednesday.

Tracks closed in the Western and Eastern Arthur ranges due to bushfire

11/01/2008

The following tracks are will be closed until further notice due to a bushfire in the West Portal area on the Western Arthur Range.

Survey to help future planning for Arthur Pieman

07/01/2008

Visitors to the Arthur Pieman Conservation Area are being asked to assist in a survey over coming months to help the future management of the reserve.

Busy times in national parks

02/01/2008

Tasmania's national parks are abuzz with visitors who are making the most of good weather and ideal walking conditions.