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Closed area: All parks and reserves closed
From 26/3/2020, last reviewed 31/3/2020

​​​​​Following advice from the Tasmania Department of Health and Tasmanian Government that our community should limit non-essential travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, the PWS has closed all national parks, reserves and campgrounds until further notice.

The PWS is calling on Tasmanians to support the national effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and stay home during this time. 

From midnight Thursday 26 March, PWS is temporarily closing all national parks, reserves, campgrounds and facilities to recreational and tourism use. This means that all short walks, day walks, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, tours and camping are now closed to the public.  Washrooms, day use facilities, showers and visitor centres are closed until further notice.​

For more information on these closures please refer to the frequently asked questions.​


Franklin River Rafting tour on the River
Franklin River rafting tour passing the Irenabyss (photograph: Cam Blake)

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Closed area: All parks and reserves closed
From 26/3/2020, last reviewed 31/3/2020

​​​​​Following advice from the Tasmania Department of Health and Tasmanian Government that our community should limit non-essential travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, the PWS has closed all national parks, reserves and campgrounds until further notice.

The PWS is calling on Tasmanians to support the national effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and stay home during this time. 

From midnight Thursday 26 March, PWS is temporarily closing all national parks, reserves, campgrounds and facilities to recreational and tourism use. This means that all short walks, day walks, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, tours and camping are now closed to the public.  Washrooms, day use facilities, showers and visitor centres are closed until further notice.​

For more information on these closures please refer to the frequently asked questions.​


​​​​The PWS recognises and values the role of nature based tourism commercial operators in promoting and encouraging visitors to enjoy and appreciate Tasmania's parks and reserves.  We are committed to working cooperatively with the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania (TICT) to provide quality visitor experiences that reflect positively on Tasmania's tourism industry while also conserving the values that attract people to the experience in the first place.

PWS staff work closely with the TICT's Australian Tourism Accreditation Program which is designed to raise professionalism of the industry through implementation of business management practices and standards.

As part of the partnership, businesses with contracts with PWS and accredited with the TICT will be able to use the PWS Accredited Licensed Operator logo.

Parks 21

As part of the partnership with the TICT, a strategic action plan for tourism in Tasmania's parks and reserves was developed. It aims to facilitate environmental, social and economic sustainable tourism; whilst continuing to nurture our parks and reserves.  

View the Parks 21 Strategic Action Plan:

  Parks 21 Joint Strategic Action Plan   (8Mb)​

View our latest Progress Report:

  Parks 21 Progress Report   (2Mb)