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Wielangta Road bridges complete


The replacement of four bridges on Wielangta Road is now complete, signaling a major step forward in the overall upgrade of the road.More

Celebrating World Ranger Day


The Hodgman Liberal Government recognises the hard-working people working in Tasmania's national parks as part of World Ranger Day today.

Hastings Cave temporary closure for maintenance


Hastings Cave and Thermal Springs will be closed for one week for essential maintenance.More

Track, Campsite and Reserve Closures and Re-openings

Please note: There may be closures or re-openings other than those listed here. Please also see our Facebook page for other possible closures.

For the latest bushfire information, go to the Tasmania Fire Service website at www.fire.tas.gov.au. As some walking tracks within national parks and reserves are accessed across land managed by Forestry Tasmania it is worthwhile checking for road closures on the Forestry Tasmania website. The Department of State Growth web site also has information on road closures in Tasmania.

For further information on track, reserve or campsite closures, please contact local rangers.

See our Office Contacts for contact details.

For the latest information on road closures, check the Tasmania Police Community Alerts website www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/. For the latest bushfire information go to the Tasmania Fire Service website www.fire.tas.gov.au

St Columba Falls Track closed for maintenance work

Updated August 2017

St Columba Falls walking track will be closed for maintenance work on Monday the 21st August 2017. The Falls can still be viewed from the carpark.

Parks and Wildlife Service apologises for any inconvenience.

Track Closures for Cape Raoul and Shipstern Bluff tracks

Updated 7 August 2017

Construction upgrades continue on the Cape Raoul and Shipstern Bluff tracks. These tracks will be open every weekend and public holidays (including Easter and ANZAC Day). From April to July 2017 the tracks will be closed on Tuesdays and other midweek days (weather permitting) to permit helicopter sling loading operations. We request park users phone 6250 3980 or 0407 302 850 on the day prior to their intended midweek visit for updated information on closures.

Update: Helicopter operations for Cape Raoul/ Shipsterns Bluff Tracks are currently planned for 8, 9 and 10 August 2017. Both tracks will be closed on these days unless operations are cancelled due to inclement weather.

Temporary Closure of Blue Tier Road

Updated 28 July 2017

Break O’Day Council will have contractors replacing a bridge on the Blue Tier road approximately 1 kilometre before the Poimena car park. Works should only take 3 or 4 days and will be done sometime between the 16th and 29th August.

Temporary closure of Hastings Cave for maintenance

Updated 21 July 2017

Hastings Cave and Thermal Springs will be closed to the public from 31 July to 8 August 2017 for essential maintenance on the site. The closure includes the visitor centre, Newdegate Cave and the thermal pool.

Trout Creek Camping Access Reopens

Updated 13 July 2017

Visitors are advised that Break O’Day Council have just finished replacing a washed out bridge (from the June 2016 floods) that provided access from the southern end to Trout Creek camping ground. This route is via Scamander and Upper Scamander Road.

Wielangta Road bridges complete

Updated 4 July 2017

The replacement of four bridges on Wielangta Road is complete, signalling a major step forward in the overall upgrade of the road. 

The new bridges are part of a $1.2 million project to upgrade the road to improve its long term sustainability as a tourism route. 

While the road is now open from Orford to Kellevie, it is not currently recommended for two-wheel drive vehicles and drivers are advised to drive with caution.  Further upgrades to the road surface and drainage are planned for later this year.

Bruny Island Neck Improvements

Updated 3 July 2017 

Works to improve safety for road users, visitors and wildlife at the Bruny Island Neck will be starting on Thursday 6 July, continuing through to December 2017.

Access to the existing carpark and Bruny Island Neck walkway will be closed for the duration of construction.

There will be some disruption to traffic with speed restrictions and altered road conditions. Road users are reminded to slow down, approach the work site with caution, follow all traffic control instructions and allow extra time for their journey, particularly when planning to meet a ferry.

The Department of State Growth and Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service are jointly delivering the project that will include: 

  •  widening and sealing 2.5 kilometres of Bruny Island Main Road along The Neck,
  • ? construction of a larger car park that will provide room for 24 vehicles and bus parking with safer entry and exit driveway accesses, 
  • ? a dedicated wildlife zone within The Neck for the resident Little Penguins and shearwaters, including penguin tunnels under the road, fencing and signage. 

Works have been timed to avoid the penguin and shearwater breeding period and away from peak visitor times. 

Further information about the works can be found on the Transport website: www.transport.tas.gov.au/road/projects/

Full re-opening of Mersey Forest Road – vehicle access restored to Walls of Jerusalem

Updated 30 June 2017

Driver access to the Walls of Jerusalem National Park has today been restored with the reopening of the Fish River Bridge on the Mersey Forest Road. The reinstatement of the Fish River bridge is complete, allowing direct vehicle access to the Walls of Jerusalem National Park main parking area and the remaining length of the Mersey Forest Road.

Temporary closure of Lillico penguin viewing platform

Updated 30 June 2017 

The penguin viewing platform at the Lillico Beach Conservation Area on the Bass Highway west of Devonport is closed to the public from 30 June until 31 August to allow for the demolition of the old platform and the construction of a new platform.

Liffey Falls now open

Updated 14 June 2016 

Access to upper Liffey Falls has reopened following the completion of road works. The falls can now be reached from both the upper and lower access points. For further details, see our Visitors Guide.

Bird River 4wd Track Reopened

Updated 9 June 2017

The Bird River 4wd track and walking access to the Kelly Basin has reopened after the completion of road stabilisation works and the removal of tree falls. 

Mt Roland and Mt Van Dyke Track Closures

Updated 6 June 2017

Visitors are advised the Mt Roland Track and Mt Van Dyke Track via O’Neil’s Road will be closed 13-17 June to allow repair of land slip damage that occurred as a result of the June 2016 storm event.

Bellingham – Bridport 4WD track is now open

Updated 5 June 2017

Parks and Wildlife Service have finalised the 4WD track improvement works along the Bellingham - Bridport 4WD Traverse. PWS have formalised one access track along this popular area by hardening the base of the track where water sits and fenced areas for rehabilitation. A total of 150t of rock has been carted and used in the area to improve access for all off-road vehicles. We are asking all users to respect the signage and works. Further information on the works please contact 4WD Ranger 0427143115.

Access to the Walls of Jerusalem National Park and the Lake Augusta Road

Updated 22 May 2017

Walls of Jerusalem - The Mersey Forest Road is closed at the Fish River just before the turn off to the Walls of Jerusalem National Park car park. Forestry Tasmania are undertaking essential repairs to the Fish River bridge which requires the removal and transportation of the bridge to Launceston via the Mersey Forest Road. It is expected the repair works will take approximately six weeks with access to the Walls of Jerusalem National Park car park available from the end of June 2017. 

Due to recent and predicted rainfall the Parks and Wildlife Service has closed the Lake Augusta Road boom gate at Lake Augusta dam wall to prevent further road damage. There is now no convenient vehicular access to the Walls of Jerusalem National Park via the Central Plateau. 

For information on access to the Walls of Jerusalem National Park and other local walking opportunities please contact the Great Western Tiers field centre on 6701 2104. 

Lake Augusta Road – the Lake Augusta Road is now closed at the Lake Augusta dam wall. The Lake Augusta Road is closed each year at the end of the inland fishing season to protect the road from significant damage caused by vehicles driving in heavy wet and snowy conditions. 

The road is closed over winter and early spring and is usually opened again in early October after the chance of heavy snow falls and spring rains has reduced. The road condition is assessed regularly during September and a decision to open the boom gate is made when the conditions are suitable. 

For more information on Lake Augusta Road please contact the Great Western Tiers field centre on 6701 2104.

Bridport – St Albans Bay 4WD Traverse – Closed 22-26 May and 29-31 May

Updated 22 May 2017

The Parks and Wildlife Service advise that works to repair and improve the inland track of the 4WD traverse between Bridport and St Albans Bay will be undertaken from Monday 22nd – Friday 26th May and Monday 29th – 31st May 2017, subject to weather conditions. 

For works to be completed quickly and to ensure public safety, the track access between the Bridport entry and St Albans Bay will be closed to all users during works. 

Access to the western section of the traverse between Bellingham and St Albans Bay will remain open however visitors are reminded to drive to the conditions, be aware of large machinery and equipment being used and to comply with signage and direction by staff or contractors. 

If you require further information please contact the 4WD Ranger on 0427 143 115.

Freycinet National Park temporary track closures – Wineglass Bay lookout to beach walk and Hazards Beach track

Updated 12 May 2017

The walk to Wineglass Bay at Freycinet National Park is set to be improved with track improvements over the coming months. The track from the lookout to Wineglass Bay beach will be re-constructed to improve visitor comfort and safety by providing improved step levels. 

 Please note access from the carpark to the Wineglass Bay lookout will remain open throughout the project. However, the track from the lookout to Wineglass Bay beach will be closed from 22 May to September 2017 to facilitate helicopter movements and track construction. 

 Work will also be undertaken on the Hazards Beach track to repair flood damage. The track will be subject to temporary closures and short access delays during the construction period of 22 May to September. 

 Access to the Freycinet peninsula by boat and walking via Hazards Beach and The Isthmus will remain open. Access to the many other scenic Freycinet attractions such Cape Tourville, Honeymoon Bay, Richardson’s Beach and the visitor centre is unaffected by the track work on the Wineglass Bay beach track. 

 For further information, please contact the Freycinet Visitor Centre on 6256 7000.

Temporary Track Closures Cape Pillar and Wughalee Campsite 

Updated 12 April 2017 

Walkers are advised that from 1 May – 12 May inclusive, Old Cape Pillar Track, Cape Pillar Track and Three Capes Track are closed to walkers to permit prescribed burns and track maintenance. 

The Cape Hauy track remains open. 

For further information please call Tasman Field Center 6250 3980

Trevallyn NRA Bike Trails Reopenings

Updated 11 April 2017

Thanks to some consistent and penetrating rainfall over the weekend, the following mountain bike trails have been compacted and are open and ready for use over Easter.
Trevallyn NRA: Wiggly Track - completed and open to public. Hard Case Track – 95% completed, with one small section barricaded but alternative track around the area. Open to public. 
Stolen Spice Track – completed and open. 
Corkscrew Track – completed and open. 
Trails will be assessed after Easter for damage or weak areas, and may have to be closed for a short period. 

Kate Reed NRA: Berm Track - completed and open to public. Warning: there are new black diamond options on the Berm Track, and that riders should take care and assess the features before attempting them. Temporary warning signage is in place, and will be replaced by permanent signs in the near future. Rock Drop Track – currently closed, but anticipate completion before Easter.

Brushy Lagoon Road reopens following flood damage repairs

Updated 23 March 2017

We’re very pleased to announce that the bridge works at Mahoney’s Creek and Black Sugarloaf Creek on the Brushy Lagoon Road have been completed. Both bridges have been rebuilt to 1 in 100 year flood event standard, which should ensure future heavy rain events don’t impact them to the same degree as the previous structures.

The Brushy Lagoon Road will be open to the public as of Saturday, 25 March 2017.

Now that the bridgeworks have been completed, 7 km of the access road will be graded and re-sheeted, which is expected to take approximately four weeks. The road works will commence on Wednesday, 29 March 2017 and will not require Brushy Lagoon Road to be closed, but visitors are asked to drive with caution while these works are being carried out.

Wielangta Rd Bridge Construction Updated Program

Updated 3 March 2017

Works commenced on the replacement of four bridges on Wielangta Road in February 2017. 

A revised bridge replacement program has been provided by Contractors and is outlined below (dates may be subject to change). 

  •  Pony Bottom Bridge (14 February – 14 March)
  •  Sandspit Bridge (6 March – 23 March)
  •  bridge 5.6km north of Bream Creek Rd (14 March – 3 April)
  •  Lady Fern Bridge (3 April – 1 June

During construction of the Pony Bottom Bridge a temporary bypass will be installed to retain access for residents. Wielangta Road will be closed to through traffic when the other bridges are being built. Visitors should check the roadside signs and the PWS website to check the status of the road prior to visiting. 

The Parks and Wildlife Service apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.

Visiting Frenchmans Cap

Updated 20 February 2017

Walkers are advised that construction of a new toilet building and helipad at Lake Tahune on the Frenchmans Cap Track will begin in March, with completion expected in mid-April 2017.

During this time, we are advising walkers to camp at Lake Vera as there will be NO tent-based camping available at Lake Tahune, and minimal space available in the hut.

Walkers can still access Frenchmans Cap, but are advised to do this as a day trip from Lake Vera as the Lake Vera hut and camping platforms will be unaffected by these works at Lake Tahune.

These works are preliminary to the construction of an entirely new hut at Lake Tahune, which is scheduled to begin in January 2018.

The Parks and Wildlife Service apologises for any inconvenience and thanks walkers for their cooperation. For further information contact the Queenstown Field Centre on 6471 5922.

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.

Devils Gullet Walking Track CLOSED till further notice 

Updated 13th October 2016

Please note that the due to fire damage the walking track to Devils Gullet remains closed.

For further information please contact:

Great Western Tiers Field Centre 

Phone: 03 67012171 or 0418 569 563

Temporary Closure of Cape Raoul and Shipsterns Bluff Tracks

Updated 3 August 2017

Helicopter operations for Cape Raoul / Shipsterns Bluff Tracks are currently planned for 8,9 and 10 August 2017 (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week). Both tracks will be closed on these days unless operations are cancelled due to inclement weather (advice to be provided on Monday if this is the case).