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New lease of life for original lighthouse vents

15/05/2018

As part of the ongoing conservation of the Cape Bruny and Maatsuyker Island lighthouses, a team effort has been underway to restore the original bronze vents from the lighthouses' lantern rooms.More

Record visitor numbers at Highfield Historic Site

09/05/2018

Visitation numbers at Highfield Historic Site in Stanley have reached a record high, with 12,535 people visiting in the 12 months ending March 2018.More

Cradle Mountain shuttle bus tender awarded

08/05/2018

A new bus fleet featuring environmentally friendly technology and vehicles with improved accessibility and increased capacity will help to meet increasing visitor numbers following the awarding of the tender to McDermott Coaches.More

Redeveloped Lake Tahune Hut now open

12/04/2018

A locally designed and built, energy-efficient and sustainable hut is now welcoming bushwalkers at Lake Tahune on the Frenchmans Cap Track in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, further cementing Tasmania’s reputation as one of the best places on the planet for wilderness walking.


The opening of the redeveloped Tahune Hut is the culmination of a 10-year project, generously co-funded through donations to the Wildcare Gift Fund by Dick and Pip Smith, to improve the Frenchmans Cap walking track experience.


The new hut was designed by Hobart architects Green Designs, who developed the energy-efficient design to meet the demands and requirements of the site with construction undertaken by Westbury-based Valley Workshops.


In a first for a bushwalking hut in Tasmania, the innovative design is energy efficient, using a micro-hydro system to power the heating and lighting, providing an environmentally friendly alternative to flying in gas or coal for heating.


The redeveloped hut will provide accommodation for 24 walkers and additional deck area will ensure better amenities while improving environmental sustainability.


With the project now complete, the amenities along the track are commensurate with the world-class experience visitors expect of one of Tasmania’s great wilderness walks.


In the wake of these upgrades and to manage the demands and expectations of visitors, the Draft Frenchmans Cap Recreation Zone Plan 2018 has now been released for public comment. The draft will help guide discussion on future management of the area to ensure this walk continues to deliver high quality and sustainable experiences into the future.