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.​


Tasmanian pademelon (Thylogale billardierii) between paperbark trees, Narawantapu National Park Bird Hide Walk.
Tasmanian pademelon (Thylogale billardierii), Narawantapu National Park. (photograph: Natalie Mendham)

Kangaroos and wallabies

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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.​


​Macropods - kangaroos and wallabies

Kangaroos and wallabies are part of the group known as macropods. The term macropod is derived from the Greek, which means 'large footed'. Members of this group are characterised by their large hind legs and usually move around by hopping. Over 50 species of macropod occur in Australia, and its biogeographic relative, New Guinea. 

All macropods have a forward-opening pouch with four teats. When the new young is born it makes its way into the pouch and attaches itself to a different teat, usually the one diagonally opposite the one previously suckled. Again, soon after the birth the mother will mate. As this cycle continues, it is possible for a female to be suckling a pouch young, a larger young outside the pouch, and be carrying an undeveloped embryo. 

Scientific names

Tasmania has five species of macropods, the commonly-known wallabies and kangaroos, and the lesser known bettongs and potoroos.

  • Forester kangaroo - Macropus giganteus
  • Bennett's (red-necked) wallaby - Notamacropus rufogriseus
  • Pademelon ​(rufous-bellied) - Thylogale billardierii 
  • Eastern bettong - Bettongia gaimardi
  • Long-nosed potoroo​ -​ Potorous tridactylus

Where c​an I see them?