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Horsetail Falls walk now open

15/11/2017

Visitors to the West Coast are in for some spectacular views on the new Horsetail Falls walk near Queenstown.More

Bruny Island Neck lookout re-opens

10/11/2017

The walkways and lookout at the Bruny Island Neck will re-open to the public today, following the completion of a new, larger car park that will provide improved access to the popular lookout.More

Maintaining vigilance with campfires

03/11/2017

Parks and Wildlife Service staff have thanked the many campers who have heeded the restrictions placed on campfires and pot fires, but ask that park and reserve visitors continue to take care while the fire risk remains high in certain areas of the State.More

News Archive

December 2011

Discovery Rangers Open the Door to Learning and Fun

16/12/2011

The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Brian Wightman recently launched the Summer Discovery Ranger program - kicking-off an exciting calendar of events and activities

Overland Track takes out best adventure holiday destination award

08/12/2011

The Overland Track in Tasmania's World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park has won the award for best adventure holiday destination in the Australian Traveller Magazine's Readers' Choice Awards.

Aboriginal interpretive experience at Melaleuca

06/12/2011

A unique Aboriginal interpretive experience, the Needwonnee Walk, has been created at Melaleuca in the Tasmania's remote south-west.

Stranded whale successfully returned to open water

05/12/2011

A sperm whale stranded at Temma Harbour on the West Coast since Saturday has been successfully returned to open water.

November 2011

Mt Nelson Signal Station 200th anniversary celebrations

30/11/2011

The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) in conjunction with volunteer friends of the station will today celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mt Nelson Signal Station.

Minister visits Maria Island

28/11/2011

The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Brian Wightman recently took a break from his busy Parliamentary schedule to head to Triabunna and visit Maria Island National Park.

Get your Arthur-Pieman permit now for summer

28/11/2011

The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is reminding visitors who intend driving on the off-road tracks at the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area this summer that they must be licensed, their vehicle must be registered and they need a valid permit.

New Lookout for Tasmanian Tourism Icon

28/11/2011

One of Tasmania's most visited and spectacular tourist locations, the Wineglass Bay Lookout, has a new viewing platform.

Fuel reduction burn at Prospect

23/11/2011

The Parks and Wildlife Service will continue its spring fuel reduction burning program with a property protection burn adjacent to the Silverdome at Prospect on Friday 25 November.

Feedback sought on Three Capes Track Proposal

21/11/2011

The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment on a draft Development Proposal and Environmental Management Plan (DPEMP) for the Three Capes Track - a five night, hut-based bushwalk in the Tasman National Park.

Last whale dies after West Coast mass stranding

17/11/2011

The last survivor of the weekend whale stranding on Tasmania's West Coast died at 7pm last night.

Macquarie Harbour whale rescue attempt postponed

15/11/2011

Deteriorating weather has postponed today's attempts to refloat the only surviving sperm whale stranded in Macquarie Harbour.

West Coast whale rescue update

14/11/2011

Marine mammal specialists are continuing to work with fish farm personnel to free four whales still trapped in Macquarie Harbour near Strahan.

Cooperative effort to free remaining trapped whales

14/11/2011

DPIPWE crews are continuing to work with personnel from Macquarie Harbour salmonid farms to free the remaining three whales trapped inside Hells Gates on Tasmania's West Coast.

A Gardenfest feast for garden enthusiasts

08/11/2011

The fourth annual Gardenfest will be held this coming weekend at Entally Estate in northern Tasmania.

Track and bridge works in the Arthur-Pieman

02/11/2011

The Parks and Wildlife Service is gearing up for the summer season at the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area with works on the off-road tracks under way, including the replacement of a bridge on the Sandy Cape Track.

Waterhouse Conservation Area road and campground closures

02/11/2011

The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) wishes to advise November long weekend campers of road and campground closures in the Waterhouse Conservation Area.

October 2011

Whale rescue training at Orford

20/10/2011

The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) in conjunction with Wildcare Inc will run a free first response whale and dolphin rescue training course at Orford on 13 November, 2011.

Arthur-Pieman Aboriginal Heritage Report Released

07/10/2011

A report detailing the Aboriginal heritage found along vehicle tracks in the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area has been released.

September 2011

Online bookings for Maria Island bunk rooms

01/09/2011

Arranging overnight stays at Darlington on Maria Island has just become much simpler with the introduction of an online booking system for rooms in the World Heritage Listed penitentiary.

August 2011

Nelson Falls has new vantage point

30/08/2011

The beauty of Nelson Falls in Tasmania's west can now be fully appreciated from a new viewing platform.

Cape Hauy track upgrade a boon for local contractors

26/08/2011

Major improvements to the popular Cape Hauy track in the Tasman National Park are expected to be completed early next year.

The great rabbit hunt is on!

12/08/2011

Macquarie Island, once overrun with rabbits, is experiencing a remarkable change following the completion of aerial baiting last month.

'Voluntourism' a growing holiday niche

10/08/2011

Tasmanian tourism operators are being encouraged to take advantage of the growing volunteer tourism, or 'voluntourism', niche market.

July 2011

Volunteers clean up Arthur-Pieman beach rubbish

25/07/2011

A small group of local residents took to ATVs on Saturday to travel to the Interview River in the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area to remove a large amount of rubbish collected earlier by visitors participating in the Green Guardians program.

Wineglass Bay Lookout and Track Upgrade

19/07/2011

Construction on improving the Wineglass Bay track and lookout is progressing well, with an expected completion date in September 2011- if the weather behaves itself.

Arthur-Pieman reports released

08/07/2011

Suggestions from the North West community will improve the way the Parks and Wildlife Service manages the popular Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area.

Apps users urged to log a frog

06/07/2011

iPhone users have the opportunity to help build a record of frog distribution across Tasmania.

June 2011

Baiting complete for Macquarie Island Pest Eradication

30/06/2011

The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Brian Wightman, today welcomed news that baiting has been completed on Macquarie Island, signalling a major step forward in the eradication of three pest species and the eventual restoration of the island.

Wineglass Bay Lookout closure - Freycinet National Park

22/06/2011

Please be advised that all tracks leaving from the Wineglass Bay car park, including Mt Amos will be closed to public access on Thursday 23rd of June and Friday 24th of June.

Information sought about illegal shark fishing

21/06/2011

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is asking that the public contact 'Fishwatch' with any information that may assist an investigation relating to illegal shark fishing after shark carcasses were found in a shark refuge area near Port Sorell.

Construction starts on Wineglass Bay lookout

14/06/2011

Construction will start this week on improving the Wineglass Bay track and lookout.

Ben Lomond Road clearing update

10/06/2011

The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised that clearing of the road to Ben Lomond is continuing, however this work has been hampered by the vandalism overnight of one of two bulldozers doing the clearing work.

Heavy snowfalls close Ben Lomond Road

08/06/2011

The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised that heavy snowfalls and downed tree branches have resulted in the closure of the Ben Lomond Road.

Parks planned burns program a big success

06/06/2011

The Parks and Wildlife Service has completed its most successful planned burn program to date, with 45 burns covering a total of 24,000 hectares completed this past seven months.

Feral cats eradicated from Tasman Island

01/06/2011

Tasman Island's sea birds are on the road to recovery following the success of a program to eradicate feral cats and restore the island's natural values.

May 2011

Better viewing for spectacular Nelson Falls

11/05/2011

The Nelson Falls Track, one of Tasmania's 60 Great Short Walks, is undergoing a facelift. The two waterfall viewing platforms are being replaced with a single larger platform that will provide a whole new view of the waterfall.

April 2011

Discovery Ranger program to draw visitors to parks and reserves

21/04/2011

The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Brian Wightman, said Tasmania's parks and reserves would be packed full of exciting and educational activities over the Easter holiday.

Caution urged for north-east parks visitors over Easter

20/04/2011

Visitors to parks and reserves in the State's north-east during the Easter holiday break have been urged to take care on access roads and at campsites after damage by last week's heavy rains.

Works to preserve Joe Lyons cottage

19/04/2011

The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Brian Wightman, today welcomed the works being done by the Parks and Wildlife Service to help preserve the Joe Lyons Cottage at Stanley.

Arthur-Pieman gears up for the Easter holidays

19/04/2011

Easter visitors to the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area intending to travel on the four-wheel-drive tracks are reminded that regular road rules apply to all tracks and that a valid driver's licence, vehicle registration and permit are required.

Innovative program matches environmentally conscious tourists with wilderness pr

15/04/2011

Green Guardians, a new and innovative program delivered in partnership by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, Tourism Tasmania and commercial operators offers tourists to the state an opportunity to contribute while enjoying their guided tour in...

East Coast campgrounds and roads affected by flooding

15/04/2011

A number of park and reserve campgrounds and roads in the St Helens area have been affected by the rain event this week.

Planned burn to protect Sisters Beach

14/04/2011

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has advised that a strategic planned burn aimed at improving protection from wildfires for the Sisters Beach community is scheduled for Friday (15 April) and the weekend, weather permitting.

Progress on Frenchmans Cap Track upgrade

12/04/2011

Track work on the Frenchmans Cap Track in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area has finished for the summer season, with substantial progress achieved in maintenance of the existing track and on construction of a new section of track.

Planned burns around the State

07/04/2011

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has advised that small and large planned burns are taking place around the State this week while weather conditions are suitable.

New Program to Attract Tourists to Tasmania's Wilderness

07/04/2011

The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Brian Wightman, today detailed a new conservation and tourism program designed to secure Tasmania a piece of the growing volunteer tourism market

March 2011

Opening of snaring hut a historic moment

29/03/2011

Mountain Huts Preservation Society in partnership with Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service officially opened the reconstructed Basil Steers Hut #1 on the February Plains on Saturday 26th March.

Fuel reduction burn to protect Coles Bay

28/03/2011

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has advised that a fuel reduction burn aimed at providing improved protection from wildfires for the Coles Bay community is planned for this week, (28 March to 1 April) weather permitting.

Eleven whales survive Bruny Island stranding

21/03/2011

Eleven long-finned pilot whales that survived yesterday's stranding on Bruny Island have been returned to the water and are now swimming freely.

Preparations for Macquarie Island pest project

16/03/2011

Preparations are in full swing for one of the world's largest pest eradication projects on the World Heritage listed Macquarie Island.

National Green Jobs Corps contribute to track upgrade at reserves

10/03/2011

Conservation Volunteers Australia hosted a launch for their latest community project at Hoo Hoo Hut in Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area, on Thursday 10 March. The National Green Jobs Corps community project will assist plans to upgrade recreational...

Clean up a big success thanks to enthusiastic parks staff and volunteers

08/03/2011

Beaches, roadsides and a boardwalk construction got the dedicated attention of parks staff and volunteers for a substantial and successful clean up on the 21st anniversary of Clean Up Australia Day, Sunday 6 March.

Hastings thermal pool temporary closure

07/03/2011

The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised that the Hastings thermal pool at the Hastings State Reserve will be closed for about three weeks for annual maintenance works.

February 2011

Social values study for the Arthur-Pieman

23/02/2011

Members of the far north-west community with an interest in the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area are invited to attend an Open House at Smithton on 8 March as part of a study into the social values of the reserve.

Marakoopa Cave re-opens after flood repairs

17/02/2011

The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised that the Marakoopa Cave at the Mole Creek Karst National Park re-opened yesterday following flood damage in January.

Temporary closure of Trevallyn tracks for fuel reduction burning

16/02/2011

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) wishes to advise Launceston residents that a fuel reduction burn will be undertaken at Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area on Wednesday 16 February.

Conservation works for historic Waldheim Chalet

04/02/2011

Conservation works aimed at preserving the historic Waldheim Chalet at Cradle Mountain that were begun last year have recommenced.

Celebrating World Wetlands Day 2011

01/02/2011

The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Brian Wightman, will celebrate World Wetlands Day tomorrow at the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre where the Parks and Wildlife Service is holding a range of free educational and entertaining activities.

January 2011

Pilot whale stranding on Robbins Island

24/01/2011

Biological samples have been taken from four dead pilot whales which stranded at Mosquito Inlet on Robbins Island in Tasmania's far North West at the weekend.

Northern caves closed due to flood damage

17/01/2011

The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised that the Marakoopa Cave at the Mole Creek Karst National Park and the Gunns Plains Cave at Gunns Plains are both closed until further notice due to flood damage.

First response whale and dolphin rescue training

11/01/2011

The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service will run a free first response whale and dolphin rescue training course at Marrawah Community Hall on Thursday, 13 January.

New Coles Bay jetty complete

10/01/2011

The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Brian Wightman, said the new jetty at Coles Bay had been completed just in time for the busy summer season.

Iconic Freycinet tourism experience to be improved

07/01/2011

An iconic Freycinet visitor experience viewing one of the world's most beautiful beaches, Wineglass Bay, is set to be improved by the Parks and Wildlife Service this year.

Discovery Program explores parks and reserves

05/01/2011

The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Brian Wightman, is encouraging Tasmanians to enjoy the State's parks and reserves with the Discovery Program during the summer holiday break.