Critical Alert 

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.​


Spotted-tailed quoll, native Tasmanian animal
Spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus) (photograph: Mark Sanders)

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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.​


​​Tasmanian wildlife is distinctive and unique. As an island, our isolation provides a home for many creatures that no longer survive beyond our shores. One of the important roles of national parks and reserves is to continue to provide a home for our native and endemic wildlife, and our threatened and vulnerable species.

A visit to a national park or ​reserve can give you an opportunity to view these creatures in their natural habitat. Take some time to learn a little more about Tasmanian wil​dlife before you head out. For more detailed ​information on the wildlife you can find ​in Tasmania and conservation programs, please check out the DPIPWE Wildlife Management webpage.

In this Topic

  • Caring for wildlife
    All the information about how you can safely interact with Tasmania's wildlife while visiting our parks and reserves, and how to report injured or stranded wildlife.
  • Tasmanian devil
    Learn more about Tasmania's iconic Tassie devil.
  • Tasmanian tiger
    Information and history about the fabled Tasmanian tiger.
  • Land mammals
    A great introduction to our most popular Tasmanian land mammals, and a few of our personal favourites.
  • Marine mammals
    Learn about some of our resident marine mammals whales, seals and dolphins.
  • Birds
    Find out where you can see our favourite birds around Tasmania.
  • Seabirds and shorebirds
    Learn about the shorebirds and seabirds that nest on Tasmania's beaches.
  • Invertebrates
    Tasmania contains a wealth of invertebrate species, many of ancient origin and many unique to the island.
  • Reptiles & frogs
    Meet our lizards and snakes and learn about their remarkable adaptations to the cool climate of Tasmania. Learn the calls of the frogs often heard and not seen in Tasmania.