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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.​


Ranger preparing to maintain tracks with chainsaw gear beside work ute
Ranger preparing to maintain tracks (photograph: Daniel Peek)

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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 Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is responsible for managing the State's 19 national parks, three World Heritage Areas (WHAs) including our Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA), and over 800 other reserves including marine reserves, Marine Conservation Areas (MCAs), Crown land and, sites of historic and cultural significance. We partner with our colleagues across government and the community to manage the natural and cultural values of these landscapes and importantly to protect Aboriginal and historic heritage.​

Some of the more iconic of our reserves include the Darlington Probation Station World Heritage Area on Maria Island National Park which is listed as part of the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property and the Macquarie Island Nature Reserve and World Heritage Area.​

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For a more detailed view of reserves you can use the map on TheList with the layers for 'public land classification' and 'marine nature reserves' turned on.

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