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Progress on Cradle Mountain Master Plan

19/10/2017

An important milestone in the Cradle Mountain Master Plan project has been reached following a competitive tender process, with Cumulus Studio chosen to design the Cradle Mountain gateway precinct and the Dove Lake viewing shelter.More

Exciting new proposal for Tasmania's South East Cape

16/10/2017

Award-winning local tourism operator Ian Johnstone can now progress a new project to lease and licence negotiations under the Tourism Opportunities in Tasmania's National Parks, Reserves and Crown Land process.More

Wineglass Bay track upgrade complete

16/10/2017

One of Tasmania's most iconic tourism experiences, the walk to Wineglass Bay from the lookout to the beach, has now re-opened after a $500,000 upgrade initiated through the Government's Tourism Infrastructure in Parks fund.
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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