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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

Improving the World Heritage experience at Heritage Landing

27/06/2017

A major upgrade of the iconic Heritage Landing experience as part of the Gordon River cruise has been successfully completed.More

Exciting times for Cradle Mountain

26/06/2017

Cradle Mountain is one of the jewels in Tasmania's crown of stunning natural locations.More

Aboriginal Heritage

Aboriginal Occupation

The Bassian Plains allowed Aboriginal people to travel from the mainland to Tasmania.  
Aboriginals have been in what is now known as Tasmania for at least 35,000 years. It is believed that they crossed over into Tasmania via a land bridge, known as the Bassian Plains, which formed between Tasmania and modern day Victoria during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM).

Up until about 12,000 years ago this land bridge allowed both seasonal and permanent habitation of Tasmania, which at that point was far larger and had a vast wealth of resources. Around 12,000 years ago the land bridge started receding as a result of the end of the LGM. Water levels rose about 120 metres and the Aboriginal people became cut off for over 10,000 years, becoming the longest isolated group in history.

For more information in relation to Aboriginal heritage within Tasmania see the Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania website: www.aboriginalheritage.tas.gov.au