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Upgraded Julius River bridges improve visitor access


Bridge upgrades at the Julius River Regional Reserve are now complete.More

Viewing platform upgrades for Rocky Cape's Aboriginal heritage sites


Two viewing platforms have been replaced as part of visitor facility improvements at Rocky Cape National Park on the North-West Coast. The platforms are at the Lee Archer Cave and South Cave sites, which have highly significant Aboriginal heritage values.More

Urban focus for World Wetlands Day


'Wetlands for a sustainable future' is the theme for World Wetlands Day 2018. This international celebration of the significance of wetland environments is held annually on 2 February.More

Track, Campsite and Reserve Closures and Re-openings

From time to time, tracks, campsites and reserves will be closed for a variety of reasons, including safety risks such as high fire danger or track improvement works.

While we try to keep this page up to date, closures or re-openings can sometimes happen at short notice. For that reason, we also recommend checking the Parks and Wildlife Service Facebook page. 

Short-term and short-notice closures will also be listed on notice boards at the reserve.

For further information on track, reserve or campsite closures, please contact local rangers. See our Office Contacts for the relevant contact details. 

Additional resources

Road works at Maria Island

Updated 20 March 2018

Over 200mm of rain fell on Maria Island within a 24-hour period on 29th and 30th January 2016 causing significant damage to the road infrastructure throughout Maria Island.

The required quarrying, bridge replacements and road and drainage repair works will commence on Wednesday 7th March 2018. 

The road repair works will be staged as follows: 

  • Gravel extraction from Four Mile Creek quarry  March –April 2018 
  • Road and drainage repair work Encampment Cove to Darlington March – May 2018 
  • Coxswain Creek crossing repairs April 2018 
  • Crooked McGuiness Bridge replacement May 2018 
  • Darlington road and drainage repairs May 2018

It is the intent that the operations will have minimal impact to visitors using the roads. The roads will remain at least partially open throughout the repairs.

Works are planned to be completed by June 2018.

Track Closures at Narawntapu National Park

Updated 15 March 2018

Due to planned works at Badger Head felling dangerous trees, the Badger Head day use area and the Coastal Walking Track from Badger Head to Bakers Beach, (walking east to west), and from Bakers Beach to Badger Head (walking west to east) will be closed to the public on Tuesday 20th March and Wednesday 21st March 2018.

Please contact Visitor centre staff for more information on 6428 6277.

Mt Rufus and Shadow Lake circuits temporally closed

Updated 13 March 2018

Due to a bridge replacement the Mt Rufus and Shadow Lake circuits are temporally closed. The Mt Rufus summit Track is open returning on the same track or via Link track. The Shadow Lake, Forgotten Lake and Little Hugel tracks are open.

Please contact Visitor centre staff for more information on 6289 1172.

Track closures in the Mount Montgomery State Reserve

Updated 8 March 2018
PWS are planning to conduct a burn in the Mount Montgomery State Reserve on Tuesday the 6th of March. A number of tracks will be closed from the 5th of March to the 21st of March to enable burning and hazardous tree operations to be conducted. 

Aircraft and fire crews will be in the area for duration of this operation.  

Please contact the North West Fire Duty Officer on 0438 115 084 for further details

Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area partially closed due to fuel reduction burns

Updated 8 March 2018

Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area has today been partially re-opened to the general public following a successful fuel reduction burn conducted yesterday. Due to a number of hazardous trees yet to be addressed there is a public exclusion zone in place south of Duck Reach Road. Reatta Road is therefore still closed to public access at the PWS field centre offices. 

It is anticipated that Reatta Road south of the PWS field centre including Duck Reach Road will be open again by the weekend however this will be based on the successful removal of a number of hazardous trees this afternoon and tomorrow. 

For further information please contact the Trevallyn PWS Northern Regional Office on 6777 2179 during normal business hours.

Closure of the Bird River 4WD Track

Updated 3 March 2018

Due to a landslip and the danger of more slips, the Bird River 4WD track on the West Coast is closed to all motor vehicles until further notice. The track remains open for pedestrian access.

Russell Falls Track update

Updated 3 January 2018 

The latest upgrades to the Russell Falls track are expected to be completed in the coming months. The new track will be a wheelchair standard track along the western side of Russell Falls Creek. While construction continues on the western side of Russell Falls Creek, on the eastern side of the creek, wheelchair access is possible to the new pedestrian bridge. The gravel track beyond the bridge to the falls is not suitable for wheelchairs. 

We very much regret this inconvenience but it will be only for a short period of time until the work is complete.

For further information please contact visitor centre staff on 6288 1149.

Visiting Frenchmans Cap - Lake Tahune hut Construction CLOSURE

Updated 25 October 2017

Walkers are advised that work has begun on the construction of a new hut at Lake Tahune.

During this time, we are advising walkers to camp at Lake Vera as there will be NO tent-based camping available at Lake Tahune, and no access to the hut during the construction period.

Walkers can still access Frenchmans Cap, but are advised to do this as a day trip from Lake Vera as the Lake Vera hut and camping platforms will be unaffected by these works at Lake Tahune.

The Parks and Wildlife Service apologises for any inconvenience and thanks walkers for their cooperation

For further information contact the Ulverstone office on 6464 3008.

Parsons Track, Caveside, CLOSED until further notice

Updated 20 January 2017

A recent thorough inspection of Parsons Track, which starts at Caveside, near Mole Creek, has confirmed extensive damage to the track due to collapsed culvert/bridges and a very large landslip. Rangers have deemed it unsafe for walkers until further notice.

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