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New picnic facilities for Penny's Lagoon


The Parks and Wildlife Service has completed the construction of a new picnic shelter at Penny's Lagoon within the Lavinia State Reserve on King Island.

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Southwest ecological burns important for orange-bellied parrot conservation


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Winter is prime time for whale watching

It is that time of year when whale sightings are reported regularly on the East Coast of Tasmania.

Among the larger species of baleen whale, southern right whales and humpback whales can be seen at East Coast vantage points, particularly along the East Coast Whale Trail. The trail is a series of 14 coastal sites on Tasmania’s East Coast with information about whales and big sea views to search for signs of these amazing creatures. The trail stretches along the coast, from The Gardens in the larapuna/Bay of Fires area near St Helens in the north, to Eaglehawk Neck on the Tasman Peninsula.

While most species migrate some distance off the continental shelf, humpback and southern right whales come sufficiently close to the coast to allow regular sightings from land.

A humpback whale breaching off Maria Island in 2014A humpback whale breaching off Maria Island in 2014 - Darroch Donald PWS

Humpbacks travel northward to breeding areas off the coast of Queensland and Western Australia between May and July, returning southward to their sub-Antarctic feeding grounds between September and November.

Southern right whales travel north between June and September to the waters of southern mainland Australia and return southward between September and late October.

If you do see a whale, don't forget to report your sighting to the Whale Hotline: 0427 WHALES (0427 942 537).

You can also download the App 'Whales and Seals' - a guide to all the whales, dolphins and seals found in Tasmanian waters. The App is a guide to the marine mammals of Tasmania, with outstanding photographs and drawings, distribution maps, details of biology and stranding records. It also provides a guide to whale and seal viewing and advice on what to do if you come across stranded whales or a 'beached' seal. The App is available for download from the iTunes Store.