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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.​


Eastern quoll (Dasyurus viverrinus) in grass, Bruny Island.
Eastern quoll (Dasyurus viverrinus), Bruny Island. (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.​


Eastern​​​ quoll 

Scientific name - Dasyurus viverrinus

Once common in Tasmania, the eastern quoll (or native cat) is either ginger-brown or black with white spots on the body but not the tail. Eastern quolls once occurred on mainland Australia, with the last sighting occurring in the Sydney suburb of Vaucluse in the early 1960s. They are now considered extinct on the mainland following the introduction of dingos, foxes and cats. The eastern quoll is largely solitary and nocturnal. It hunts and scavenges, feeding largely on insects, with agricultural pests like the cockchafer beetle and corbie grub particular favourites. 

Where can I see it?

​Spotted-tail quoll 

Scienitific name - Dasyurus maculatus

Spotted-tailed quolls (or tiger cat as it was once known) ​vary from reddish brown to dark chocolate brown with white spots on the body and tail. It is the second largest of the world's surviving carnivorous marsupials. The spotted-tailed quoll is now threatened throughout its mainland range. The Spotted-tailed Quoll is widely but sparsely distributed across Tasmania, but has been extinct on King and Flinders islands since the early 1900s.​ The spotted-tailed quoll is a capable hunter that, like the eastern quoll, kills its prey by biting on or behind the head. 

​​Where can I see it?

Most common in cool temperate rainforest, wet sclerophyll forest and coastal scrub along the north and west coasts of the state.