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Easter safety is paramount for our parks and reserves


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!


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


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

Australian Sea Lion, Neophoca cinerea

Australian Sea Lion

Australian Sea Lion

The Australian sea lion has a breeding range which extends from islands off Western Australia to islands east of Kangaroo Island (South Australia). The total population size of this species is estimated to be 10 000 animals. The Australian sea lion once bred in Bass Strait but was eradicated by the sealing industry.

Australian sea lions have been rarely recorded in Tasmania and are difficult to distinguish from other local seal species if you're not an experienced observer.

The Australian sea lion is known to feed on a wide variety of prey, including fish, cephalopods, sharks, rock lobsters and sea birds. Tracking studies of this species indicates that breeding females are 'benthic' or bottom feeders on the continental shelf 20- 30 kms offshore, and dive to depths less than 150 metres.