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Safety alert: Lockdown advice for national parks and reserves in southern Tasmania
Applies from 15/10/2021

​​In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe, all visitor centres and public facilities in national parks and reserves will be closed within the southern municipalities announced by the Tasmanian Government from 6pm, Friday 15 October until 6pm, Monday 18 October. 

Parks and reserves will remain open during the period of the lockdown for exercise purposes only. 

Visitors should ensure they follow COVID-19 safe practices including maintaining physical distancing while using parks and reserves to exercise. 

The PWS will contact any visitors who have booked to begin overnight walks during this time, including those walkers on the Three Capes Track Experience.

For information visit the Coronavirus website​

Last reviewed 15/10/2021 04:49 PM


Tarn and pencil pines, Ronny Creek, Cradle Mountain National Park
Tarn and pencil pines, Ronny Creek, Cradle Mountain National Park (photograph: Joe Shemesh)

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Safety alert: Lockdown advice for national parks and reserves in southern Tasmania
Applies from 15/10/2021

​​In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe, all visitor centres and public facilities in national parks and reserves will be closed within the southern municipalities announced by the Tasmanian Government from 6pm, Friday 15 October until 6pm, Monday 18 October. 

Parks and reserves will remain open during the period of the lockdown for exercise purposes only. 

Visitors should ensure they follow COVID-19 safe practices including maintaining physical distancing while using parks and reserves to exercise. 

The PWS will contact any visitors who have booked to begin overnight walks during this time, including those walkers on the Three Capes Track Experience.

For information visit the Coronavirus website​

Last reviewed 15/10/2021 04:49 PM


​A close relative of the King Billy pine, the pencil pine is largely restricted to sub-alpine areas above 800 metres. Like the King Billy pine, the pencil pine is a Gondwanan species and is often located around tarns, streams and lakes because of its intolerance to fire. Pencil pines can reach ages in excess of 1200 years, but have little chance of recovery after a ​fire due to their very poor ability to survive fire, regrow from seedlings or suckers post fire, or disperse seeds more than a few meters from the parent tree. The trees are conical in shape with a markedly tapering trunk. 

Pencil pines are known to clonally reproduce through suckering, with some whole stands likely to be genetically identical. This means that such stands are genetic clones which are likely to be thousands of years old.

​Common name: Pencil pine

Scientific nameAthrotaxis cupressoides

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