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Liffey Falls open to visitors

23/06/2017

The iconic Liffey Falls picnic area and walking track is now open to the public following the completion of repairs to visitor facilities after flood damage last year.More

Upgrades for Lake St Clair

23/06/2017

The viewing platform on the shore of Lake St Clair is being upgraded to improve disability access to one of the finest vistas of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.More

Upgrade for Wineglass Bay Track

15/05/2017

Freycinet is the State's most visited national park, with 286,000 visitors in 2016, with about 34 per cent of visitors to Freycinet walking to the Wineglass Bay beach.More

News Archive

December 2013

Wineglass Bay visitor advice

19/12/2013

Between 26 December and 12 January, the number of visitors to Freycinet National Park, at times, exceeds the capacity of the park's roads and car parks. Parks staff offer advice for a safe and enjoyable visit.

Additional reserves for Tasmania

18/12/2013

Almost 100,000 hectares in additional reserve areas officially come into being today.

New team leader notes the healing of Macquarie Island

11/12/2013

Hunters on Macquarie Island have walked the equivalent of nearly two circumnavigations of the earth in their hunt for any surviving rabbits, rats or mice since baiting was completed in 2011.

Fancy being a campground host on Tasmania's beautiful East Coast?

11/12/2013

The Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking expressions of interest from volunteers to participate in a campground host program at beautiful Mayfield campground this summer.

Fuel reduction burn at Kate Reed today

09/12/2013

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) advises nearby residents that a fuel reduction burn will be undertaken at Kate Reed Nature Recreation Area today, 9 December 2013.

More resources for Parks Service for fire season

06/12/2013

In readiness for the upcoming fire season, the Parks and Wildlife Service will have two additional new specialist fire crews and five new fire vehicles at their disposal.

Tallow-soaked penguins rescued after Lillico truck roll-over

04/12/2013

Parks and Wildlife Service Ulverstone staff assisted in the recovery of several penguin chicks affected by a spill of animal fat or tallow, after a truck rolled on the Bass Highway adjacent to the Lillico Beach Conservation Area yesterday morning.

Bruny Island Quarantine Station welcomes visitors to explore the past

02/12/2013

The Quarantine Station at Barnes Bay, Bruny Island, is revealing its fascinating past to the public, with a new heritage interpretive walk and volunteer caretakers hosting open days each Sunday during summer.

November 2013

Planned burn for Scamander and Bay of Fires

27/11/2013

The Parks and Wildlife Service is continuing its fuel reduction burning program today in the Scamander and Bay of Fires conservation areas.

Restricted access to Cockle Creek bridge

26/11/2013

Visitors to Cockle Creek in Tasmania's Far South are advised that access to the Cockle Creek bridge will be restricted to mainly pedestrian use from 16 December 2013, until further notice.

Central Plateau lodge to be demolished

25/11/2013

Tenders are being called for the demolition of Bernacchi Lodge at Lake Augusta on Tasmania's Central Plateau.

Paradise peninsula seeking volunteer track wardens

11/11/2013

Idyllic Cooks Beach on the Freycinet Peninsula will become a home-away-from-home this summer for volunteer track wardens.

Consultation on World Heritage Management Plan

11/11/2013

Consultation has begun on the formation of a contemporary management plan for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Tasmanian devils return to the wilds of Tasmania

07/11/2013

The first Tasmanian devils born and raised on mainland Australia have been returned home to Tasmania and were set free on Maria Island yesterday.

October 2013

Fuel reduction burn at Lees Paddocks

29/10/2013

The Parks and Wildlife Service is continuing its fuel reduction burning program with a planned burn in the Lees Paddocks area within the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park on Tuesday 29 October and Wednesday 30, October, weather permitting.

Planning for the Melaleuca area

28/10/2013

Feedback from the community is welcome on two plans that identify strategies to manage the important natural, cultural and recreational values in the Melaleuca and Cox Bight area in south-west Tasmania.

Entally Historic Site for lease

21/10/2013

Private operators will soon have an opportunity to lease the Entally Historic site at Hadspen.

New Parks and Reserves Bill tabled

18/10/2013

A new Parks and Reserves Authority is set to guide the future management of Tasmania's world-class reserve system.

Volunteer caretakers sought for Bruny Island Quarantine Station

07/10/2013

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) and the Wildcare Group, Friends of Bruny Island Quarantine Station are seeking volunteer caretakers for a new summer program at the site.

September 2013

Partners work together to protect little penguins

24/09/2013

Little penguins at Lillico Beach Conservation Area in Tasmania's north-west are now better protected thanks to a joint project between the State Government and volunteers.

Temporary closure of Hastings Thermal Springs pool

06/09/2013

The thermal pool at Hastings Caves will remain closed for the weekend after damage to the grounds during high winds today.

Dismay at penguin habitat vandalism

04/09/2013

Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) staff are dismayed at the destruction of at least 70 plants planted in a Stanley community penguin habitat protection project twelve months ago.

August 2013

Future Reserve Lands audit

26/08/2013

Tenders are being sought to undertake an audit of assets within lands managed by Forestry Tasmania (FT) to potentially be transferred to Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) management, General Manager Parks and Wildlife Service Peter Mooney said today.

Combined effort improves creek and cave health at Gunns Plains

23/08/2013

Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) staff, eight Conservation and Land Management students from TasTAFE Burnie campus, along with a neighbouring farmer, recently spent two days planting more than 1200 seedlings along a creek line at Gunns Plains.

Tenders sought for guided walking experience for the Three Capes Track

22/08/2013

The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Brian Wightman said today that the State Government is calling for Expressions of Interest for the development and commercial operation of a guided walking experience for the Three Capes Track.

South Cape Bay track improvements completed

19/08/2013

One of Tasmania's most scenic short walks, the South Cape Bay walk, has been improved with track work worth $50,000 completed recently.

Increased aerial firefighting capacity for this summer

02/08/2013

Tasmania's firefighting agencies will have additional contracted airpower for the upcoming 2013 - 14 bushfire season.

July 2013

Unique volunteer experience on Maatsuyker Island

22/07/2013

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is seeking self-sufficient volunteers able to withstand the buffeting of the Roaring Forties for a six-month stint at Australia's southernmost lighthouse on Maatsuyker Island.

New Parks Authority

10/07/2013

The future management of Tasmania's world class reserve system will be guided by a new authority to match its status, the Environment, Parks and Heritage Minister Brian Wightman said today.

Facelift and safety improvements for Gunns Plains Cave

03/07/2013

A combined effort from contractors and experienced Karstcare volunteers has resulted in significant infrastructure improvements to visitor facilities at Gunns Plains Cave.

June 2013

Temporary closure of Maria Island for wildlife management operation

24/06/2013

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) will undertake a wildlife population control operation at Maria Island National Park during the week 30 June to 5 July, during which time the island will be closed to the public.

Planning for the future at the Walls of Jerusalem

11/06/2013

The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Brian Wightman, has urged the community to have a say on how best to protect and enjoy the Walls of Jerusalem National Park.

Mt Field gallery to showcase hidden gems

04/06/2013

When Greg and Rachel Power bought the Waterfalls Cafe at Mt Field National Park six months ago, a photographic gallery was always their goal. On Saturday, 1 June, 2013, their vision became reality when they launched their Waterfalls Cafe Gallery.

May 2013

A big effort for Low Head's little penguins

31/05/2013

A big effort from volunteers, people serving community work orders, Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) staff and NRM North at Low Head has seen a major improvement in the habitat for little penguins since the project began two years ago.

Large fuel reduction burn planned for Hobart's Eastern Shore

28/05/2013

The Tasmania Fire Service, in conjunction with the Parks and Wildlife Service and Forestry Tasmania, is planning a large fuel reduction burn tomorrow for the Mt Direction area on Hobart's Eastern Shore.

Successful fuel reduction burns at Arthur River

20/05/2013

The Parks and Wildlife Service has taken advantage of continuing favourable conditions to complete several strategic fuel reduction burns in the Arthur River area during the past week.

Better protection for Pitt Water wetlands

10/05/2013

Improved stormwater management is one of a number of strategies that will help the long-term conservation of the habitat and migratory birds of the Pitt Water Nature Reserve between Cambridge and Sorell.

Planned burn for Flinders Island

02/05/2013

The Parks and Wildlife Service wish to advise that fire management burns are planned to be undertaken when conditions are suitable, during May 2013, at Badger Corner, Strzelecki National Park on Flinders Island.

April 2013

Strategic fuel reduction burn for the East Coast

16/04/2013

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) advises East Coast residents that a large fuel reduction burn is planned at Douglas-Apsley National Park on Wednesday 17 April, and Thursday, 18 April, subject to weather conditions.

Walking tracks closed for fire management burns

05/04/2013

Fire management burns will be undertaken from April 4 to April 12 at Cuvier Valley in the Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park and at the Mt Heemskirk Regional Reserve, between Pulpit Rock and Granite Creek.

Sections of Peter Murrell Reserves closed for fire management burns

05/04/2013

The Parks and Wildlife Service advises that fire management burns will be undertaken at the Peter Murrell Reserves at Kingston on Saturday 6 April.

Frenchmans Cap walking track closed for fire management burns

04/04/2013

The Parks and Wildlife Service advises that fire management burns will be undertaken from 4 April through to 7 April at Loddon Plains in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.

March 2013

Easter a Perfect Time to Visit Local Parks or Reserves

28/03/2013

The Easter break provides the perfect opportunity to get out and explore your local park or reserve and participate in the Easter Discovery Ranger Program, the Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Brian Wightman, said today.

Small Experimental Rainforest Burns at Geeveston

25/03/2013

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) advises that it will undertake a number of small experimental research burns in State Forest lands at the junction of Arve and Edwards Road near Geeveston beginning on Tuesday 26 March.

Fire operations - Freycinet National Park

21/03/2013

Follow up works from fuel reduction burn keep some areas of the park closed today.

Douglas-Apsley National Park - re-opened

21/03/2013

The Douglas-Apsley National Park has been re-opened and is now accessible to the public.

Fuel reduction burn - Cape Tourville, Sleepy Bay and Blue Stone Bay areas

19/03/2013

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) wish to advise East Coast residents that a fuel reduction burn is planned at Freycinet National Park around the Cape Tourville, Sleepy Bay and Blue Stone Bay areas on Wednesday 20 March from around 10am and will be...

Pieman Heads to Ahrberg Bay area temporarily closed due to bushfire - update

18/03/2013

Users of the area between Pieman Head and Ahrberg Bay are advised that this area is closed to the general public until further notice due to the bushfire and fire operations in the area.

Pieman Heads to Ahrberg Bay area temporarily closed - update

14/03/2013

Users of the area between Pieman Head and Ahrberg Bay are advised that this area is closed to the general public until further notice due to the bushfire and fire operations in the area.

Pieman Heads to Ahrberg Bay area temporarily closed due to fire operations

13/03/2013

Users of the area between the Pieman Heads and the Ahrberg Bay are advised that this area is closed until further notice due to fire operations in the area.

Many fascinating tales in the new Tasmanian Shipwrecks

08/03/2013

Parks and Wildlife Service maritime heritage officer Mike Nash and co-author Graeme Broxam are continuing to tell the fascinating story of Tasmania's numerous shipwrecks with the release of a new publication, Tasmanian Shipwrecks Volume 1 1797-1899.

Redgate section of Meehan Range Nature Recreation Area (NRA) temporarily closed

07/03/2013

Users of the Redgate section of the Meehan Range NRA accessed from Belbins Road, are advised that this section of the reserve is closed until further notice due to fire operations in the area.

February 2013

Douglas-Apsley National Park closed due to fire

08/02/2013

Freycinet National Park walking tracks and four-wheel drive tracks have re-opened today, Friday, 8 February 2013, but the Douglas-Apsley National Park is closed until further notice.

Very high fire danger closes some Freycinet tracks today

07/02/2013

A 'Very High' fire danger rating for today has closed some tracks at Freycinet and Douglas-Apsley national parks today.

January 2013

Next stage of Three Capes Track under way

30/01/2013

The Tasman Peninsula has received a timely jobs boost with Stage Two of the Three Capes Track starting this week.

Parks/tracks affected by bushfires

23/01/2013

From today there will be no further updates. Please keep an eye on www.parks.tas.gov.au (track closures) and Tasmania Fire Service www.fire.tas.gov.au websites for bushfire-related information.

Fortescue Bay Road and campground to re-open tomorrow

18/01/2013

All Tasman and Mt Field national park tracks have re-opened, with the Fortescue Bay Road and campground set to re-open tomorrow morning.

Update on parks and tracks affected by bushfires

17/01/2013

Many tracks in the Tasman National Park remain closed due to active fire and/or fire fighting activities, however the closure of the Fortescue Bay Road and campground will be reviewed later today.

Updated on parks affected by bushfires.

14/01/2013

Rocky Cape National Park and its walking tracks has re-opened but access to other parks continues to be affected by bushfires.

Update on parks and tracks affected by bushfires

11/01/2013

The Friendly Beaches Road and campground will be open as of noon today as the fire threat eases in some areas. A number of restrictions remain in place at parks still affected by fire.

Southwest National Park fire update

10/01/2013

A large fire in the Southwest National Park remains uncontrolled but it is not having significant environmental impacts.

Parks and tracks affected by bushfires

09/01/2013

A number of parks and tracks affected by bushfires remain closed.

Freycinet and Mt Field to re-open Thursday 10 January

09/01/2013

Freycinet and Mt Field national parks will re-open partially on Thursday 10 January 2013, although restrictions to some areas remain in place.

Update on fires and access to parks and tracks

07/01/2013

A very large bushfire is affecting the area between Port Davey and Lake Pedder, resulting in numerous track and campground closures. Mt Field, Douglas Apsley and Freycinet national parks remain closed until further notice.

Southwest National Park fire update

06/01/2013

The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised that smoke from a large bushfire in the Southwest National Park is likely to continue to affect southern Tasmania communities including the Huon Valley and Hobart.

Mt Field National Park closed until further notice

04/01/2013

Mt Field National Park will be totally CLOSED from Thursday night until further notice, due to the Lake Repulse fire which may impact the park on Friday.

Freycinet and Mt Field tracks closed on Friday due to fire danger

03/01/2013

Some walking tracks at Freycinet, Douglas Apsley and Mt Field national parks will be closed on Friday due to the very high fire danger forecast.

Park tracks closed on Friday due to fire danger

03/01/2013

Intending visitors to Mt Field, Freycinet, Douglas Apsley, South Bruny and Maria Island national parks are advised that a number of tracks will be temporarily closed because of very high fire danger.

Better camping facilities for the north-east

02/01/2013

Campgrounds are being upgraded in east and north-east Tasmania over summer, in a big win for lovers of Tasmania's outdoors.