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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


Walking in the Dial Range
Walking in the Dial Range (photograph: Louise McMullen)

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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


Incident: Visitor Services - Hobart phone support closed
Applies from 15/10/2021

​​Due to recent COVID related announcements, the Visitor Services Office in Hobart is currently closed. Our phone operations are unavailable during this time for the following areas: Three Capes Track, Overland Track, Multiday Walker Registrations & Park Entry Enquiries. 

If you have an urgent enquiry relating:

Booking for the Three Capes Track, please email – threecapestrack@parks.tas.gov.au.

​Booking for the Overland Track, please email – Overlandtrack@parks.tas.gov.au.

​For urgent enquiries relating to National Park Passes, please email - Parkfees@parks.tas.gov.au​

Pending advice, the office may re-open on Tuesday 19th October 2021. We expect to receive a high volume of enquiries and it may take us longer than usual to respond to you during this period.

The Parks and Wildlife Service apologises for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.​

Last reviewed 15/10/2021 04:27 PM


About

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​​​The Dial Range consists of multiple peaks. The prominent peak of Mount Gnomon provides the northern section of the range with a unique profile. Explore the rugged landscape that contains various geological formations. See the tunnels that are a result of the prospecting and mining attempts made in this area in the late 19th to early 20th century.​

Rich in minerals and geological history, the Dial Range and nearby reserves are dotted with various walking tracks. This area contains a wide range of geological rock types and structures including volcanic, dolerite, conglomerate and sandstone layers. 

Associated with these rock types are a range of soils and a magnificent diversity of vegetation. Stringybark and black peppermint forests line the drier slopes, while the tall swamp gums and blackwood trees are found on damper ground. Look for the wet sclerophyll forest within the gullies. In springtime you may catch the understorey and heath plants in flower.​

You'll pass through all manner of vegetation types on the walking tracks which wind around hillsides, through gullies and take you to the top of these pretty coastal mountains. 

Please be aware that there are a number of multi-use tracks, on some sections of these walks you may encounter mountain bikes.​

​Walks

Mount Gnomon Lookout

Walk up a short, but steep track to the Mount Gnomon Lookout to experience rewarding views of the southern Dial Range, and the countryside from east of Penguin to Devonport and beyond to Mount Roland. ​

Thorsbys Tunnel​​

Within the Ferndene State Reserve is a short walk to Brownings and Thorsbys Tunnels. You can see evidence of the mining heritage of the north-west coast while meandering along a creek amongst towering tree ferns. ​​

Mount Dial

Choose from multiple routes to explore the unique and varied geology of the peak that shares the same name as the mountain range.

Mount Montgomery

Magnificent views await you from the summit of Mount Montgomery. You'll look over the ocean and the coastal farms and towns of Penguin and Ulverstone and beyond.

Mount Duncan Track

Explore the understorey as you wander amongst the surrounding tall eucalyptus trees. This gradual walk takes you up Mount Duncan, the highest peak in the Dial Range.​

Experiences in Dial Range Reserves

Dial Range Reserves

Mount Dial

Choose from multiple routes to explore the peak that shares the same name as the mountain range.

4-5 hours return, 8.2km, Grade 3
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Dial Range Reserves

Mount Duncan Track

Explore the understorey as you wander amongst the surrounding tall eucalyptus trees. This gradual walk takes you up Mount Duncan, the highest peak in the Dial Range.

4 hours return, 8km return, Grade 3
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Dial Range Reserves

Mount Gnomon Lookout

Walk up a short, but steep track to the Mount Gnomon Lookout to experience rewarding views of the southern Dial Range, and the countryside from east of Penguin to Devonport and beyond, and across to Mount Roland.

1 hour return, 2km return, Grade 3
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Mount Montgomery-views

Dial Range Reserves

Mount Montgomery

Magnificent views await you from the summit of Mount Montgomery. You'll look towards Bass Strait, the coastal farms and towns of Penguin and Ulverstone and beyond.

2 hours return, 5km return, Grade 3
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Ferndene State Reserve

Dial Range Reserves

Thorsbys Tunnel

Within the Ferndene State Reserve is a short walk to Brownings and Thorsbys Tunnels. Look for evidence of the mining heritage of the north-west coast while meandering along a creek amongst towering tree ferns.

1 hour, 1.5km, Grade 3
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