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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.​


Cycling through Tasmanian blue gum forest (Eucalyptus globulus), Maria Island National Park
Cycling through Tasmanian blue gum forest, Maria Island National Park (photograph: Joe Shemesh)

Blue gum

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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 blue gum is Tasmania’s floral emblem and a critical habitat for the endangered swift parrot, which migrates from southern parts of Australia to feed on flowering blue gums and nest in old tree hollows. 

The blue gum reaches​ up to 60 metres, with sleek white bark on the upper trunk and limbs of the trees and a skirt of rough bark at the base of the trunk. Named "blue gum" for its blue-green coloured capsules and leaves, the colour derives from a powdery glaucous substance which acts as a natural sunscreen for the tree. The blue gum produces distinctive creamy white flowers fed on by insect-pollinators, birds and small mammals such as pygmy possums​. 

Common name: Blue gum

Scientific name: Eucalyptus globulus

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