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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.​


Cushion plant, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
Cushion plant, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park (photograph: Andrew Englisch)

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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 term cushion plant refers to the plant's characteristic growth habit. Cushion plants are well adapted to alpine environments, and form a mat-like structure of tightly packed stems of different plants, all growing at the same very slow rate in order to protect each other from the wind and cold. Cushion plants have an important role in alpine ecosystems in Tasmania, creating a sturdy base for other alpine plants to set seed and grow.  ​​

Cushion plants can appear hardy, but are in fact very fragile and can be easily destroyed through trampling. Bushwalkers should avoid damaging these sensitive alpine areas by not walking on the cushion plants​​, and remember to observe the principles of Leave No Trace; a set of guiding principles that help minimise impact on the places we visit.

Common name, family and sc​​​ientific name

  • Tasmanian cushion plant - Asteraceae, Abrotanella forsteroides (Tasmanian endemic)
  • Sage cushion plant - ​Asteraceae, Pterygopappus lawrencei (Tasmanian endemic)
  • Cushion cupflower - Caryophyllaceae, Colobanthus pulvinatus
  • Snow cushion plant - ​Donatiaceae, Donatia novae-zelandia
  • Yellow cushion plant - Stylidiaceae, Phyllachne colensoi 
  • Ben Lomond cushion plant - Scrophulariaceae, Veronica ciliolate (Tasmanian endemic)
  • Claspleaf heath - Epacridaceae, Dracophyllum minimum (Tasmanian endemic)​ 

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Cushion plant, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park