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Visitor safety under the spotlight in new walker safety video


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


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


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

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

Mt Rufus and Shadow Lake circuits reopened

Updated 17 April 2018

Following a bridge replacement the Mt Rufus and Shadow Lake circuits have reopened.

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

Little Fisher River Track and Rinadeena Falls Track Works – Temporary Closures

Updated 13 April 2018
Works to repair flood damage to the Little Fisher River Track and Rinadeena Falls Track will commence from 16 April 2018, with contractors onsite for approximately 10 weeks. For the majority of the works the track will remain open and visitors are advised to use caution when proceeding past construction areas and working contractors. Temporary closures will be required for road works and bridge replacements and this notice will be updated when specific closure dates are known.

For further information please contact the PWS Project Manager on 6777 2255.

Fortescue Bay Boat Ramp closure

Updated 6 April 2018

The Fortescue Bay Boat Ramp will be closed from Monday 9 April until further notice for major upgrade works. Alternative boat ramps on the Tasman Peninsula are available at Pirates Bay and Garden Point (Port Arthur). This project is being undertaken by the Parks and Wildlife Service in partnership with Marine and Safety Tasmania. Weather permitting, it is anticipated the works will be completed in July 2018.

Access to Warrawee CA temporarily closed

Updated 5 April 2018

Latrobe Council are currently undertaking works on the access road and carpark at the entrance to the Warrawee Conservation Area. The work has commenced and will be ongoing for the next 2-3 weeks. Access to the reserve will be restricted during this time.

Clumner Rd Closure

Updated 5 April 2018

Please be advised that Clumner Road will be closed from 5 April 2018 for approximately two weeks. The road will be closed to facilitate repairs to the road surface and damaged culverts following flood damage. No public access will be permitted during this time.

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.

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.

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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