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Easter safety is paramount for our parks and reserves

18/04/2019

The Parks and Wildlife Service encourages visitors and Tasmanians alike to get outdoors and get active - especially in our parks and reserves.More

Good news, Hartz Mountain National Park and other tracks are open!

17/04/2019

In time for Easter walking, PWS have been able to re-open a number of tracks.More

New Mt Mawson Shelter officially opened ahead of ski season

29/03/2019

The new Mt Mawson Public Shelter was today officially opened and will provide a new level of amenity for southern Tasmania's only ski field, as well as upgraded facilities for bushwalkers heading to the iconic Tarn Shelf walk in Mt Field National Park.More

Scamander Conservation Area

Introduction

Running from the entrance to Hendersons Lagoon in the south to Dianas Beach in the north, the Scamander Conservation Area (473 ha) runs along a 12 kilometre stretch of Tasmania's tranquil east coast. The reserve lies midway between St Helens and St Marys, and takes its name from the coastal town of Scamander

The white sand beaches are a major drawcard, and offer a range of  activities for visitors, such as swimming, surfing and fishing. The Scamander River is noted for its bream. Offshore, dolphins and whales in migration season can be spotted.

Just south of the Scamander Conservation Area are the waterfalls, pools, gorges and dry eucalypt forest of Douglas-Apsley National Park, and further south, the magnificent granite peaks of the popular Freycinet National Park.

Drinking water is not available at the coastal camping areas but can be obtained at St Helens or Scamander.

A public boat ramp can be found at Scamander next to the old Scamander Bridge, while beach launching (4WD only) is available at Paddy’s Island, near Beaumarris, and Henderson Lagoon at Falmouth.

The stretch of coast is a nesting area for shore birds. Nests can be hard to see. They are vulnerable to trampling on or being run over by vehicles. You may find eggs unattended nestled in the sand. Please do not touch, as these nest sites are not abandoned.

Please use existing access tracks only across the dunes as there are many fragile cultural sites present.

For your safety, be aware that beaches are not patrolled! Be water safe – on surf beaches, look out for rips and undertows.