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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


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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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


​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

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