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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


Swirling tannin-stained river waters and water-worn rocks at Rock Island Bend, Franklin River
Rock Island Bend, Franklin River (photograph: Cam Blake)
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Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park

Wild river valleys and deep gorges.

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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


Planned event: Overnight walker registration for multiday walks
Applies from 20/9/2021

​​To protect sensitive vegetation in remote, fragile environments, the overnight walker registration system has been extended. The daily departure registration system, will ensure campers do not exceed camping and platform spaces. ​ 

For the complete list of walks with registration in place see the Overnight walker registration page.

Farmhouse Creek Track to Federation Peak, the Western Arthur Range (Moraine A and Promontory Lake) and Lake Rhona have registration. 

When the Eastern Arthur Range and Mt Anne walks re-open,  these will also have walker registration.​

Last reviewed 21/9/2021 08:25 AM


Track closure: Closed tracks due to 2018/19 fires
Applies from 28/11/2019

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The 2018/19 bushfires caused extensive damage to a number of walking tracks and the burnt track infrastructure poses a serious safety ​hazard. Fire damaged boardwalk and steps are also holding the soil in place in many locations, preventing erosion.​

Unfortunately, Phytophthora cinnamomi (rootrot fungus) has been confirmed to be spreading along the Eastern Arthur Range Traverse, Cracroft Plains and McKays Track. Illegal access of burnt tracks will increase erosion and cause environmental degradation, such as risking the further spread of Phythophthora within the Eastern and Western Arthur Ranges and adjacent valleys. ​​

Visitor safety and environmental protection are our priorities. Fire affected areas will remain closed while works are being undertaken, and specialists are working out realignments of tracks and camps​.

The following tracks are closed: 

  • ​Mt Anne Circuit (including Mt Anne and Lake Judd tracks)
  • ​​Eliza Plateau
  • Huon Track
  • Eastern Arthur Range Traverse (north of Federation Peak)
  • Western Arthur Range Traverse  (north/east of West Portal)
  • McKays Track - east of Moraine Kappa

Tracks that have been re-opened:​

Adamsfield Walking Track, Clear Hill Track, The Needles Track and Lake Rhona Track (via Richea Creek and subject to river levels), Tahune Airwalk river loop tracks, Farmhouse Creek (to Hanging Lake campsite) have been reopened to the public. To minimise erosion and so that walkers can remain on existing tracks, some vegetation has been cleared.​​ Some multi-day walks have walker registration in place, please check the Overnight walker registration page. ​

Walkers must remain on the existing tracks.  

Last reviewed 23/9/2021 03:31 PM


Safety alert: Walker registration and hut capacity
Applies from 8/7/2020

Walkers and campers need to register to undertake multi-day walks on the Overland Track​,​ and at Frenchmans Cap, Arm River, Pine Valley, Scott-Kilvert Hut, Waterfall Valley tent platform, Farmhouse Creek Track and the​ Walls of Jerusalem.  

For the complete list of walks with registration in place see the Overnight walker registration​​ page. Alternatively, go to each walk page to register. 

Some huts are open with limited capacity. For further information on keeping yourself and others safe,  see the COVID-19 safety information​ page.​

Last reviewed 12/10/2021 01:38 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


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​COVID-19: You will need to register if you are planning to walk to Frenchmans Cap Track (registration) or to Lake Rhona (registration).
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In Tasmania’s west, the rivers are wild, the landscape is rugged and the mountain peaks are dramatic and imposing. Pristine fresh waters stained by tannins from surrounding vegetation weave their way through breathtaking gorges.

Water is ever-present in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park – trickling down from mountain peaks, running into creeks that cascade and twist through the rocks, combining to make the powerful Franklin and Gordon rivers.

Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park lies in the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, just an hour from Strahan. Along the Lyell Highway, short walks provide easy access to view the famous Franklin River, while at Strahan, commercial cruises provide access to the magnificent Macquarie Harbour and Gordon River.

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Much of the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park is remote and rugged. However, along the Lyell Highway through the heart of the park, a number of attractive stop-off points provide a glimpse of the treats in store for those who have the time, equipment and fitness to explore this remarkable area.

The wheelchair-friendly Franklin Nature Trail is an ideal stopover for a toilet break and a picnic.  Two wild rivers – the Franklin and the Surprise – wind through this area.  Other excellent walks within easy access of the highway are a temperate rainforest stroll to Donaghys Hill and a nature trail to the majestic Nelson Falls​; two of Tasmania's 60 Great Short Walks.

A short, five-minute walk along the eastern bank of the Collingwood River leads to the junction of the Alma and Collingwood rivers where summer rafting and k​ayaking parties can be seen setting off for the mighty Franklin. While two weeks of thrill-seeking on the rapids and pounding gorges of untamed rivers may not be everyone’s cup of tea, you can’t help but share the excitement of these daring adventurers. You need to be an experienced paddler or in the company of an experienced, qualified river guide to tackle this remote and extremely challenging river.​

For hard-core walkers, there is no better way to appreciate the grandeur of the park than the multi-day walk to Frenchmans Cap​. This attractive but distant peak can be seen from the Lyell Highway on King William Saddle which also affords a spectacular view of the King William Range and Mount Rufus. The glacier-shaped wild river landscape is truly captivating.  

The Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park is also accessible by cruise boat from Strahan.

Experiences in Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park

Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park

Donaghys Hill

Enjoy views of wilderness, rugged mountains and the Franklin River. The track climbs a small hill at an easy grade and leads you to the lookout, perched on a rocky pinnacle.

40 minutes return, 2.2km, Grade 2
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Fishing on the rocks at Friendly Beaches, Freycinet National Park

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Fishing

Tasmania has a wealth of excellent inland and ocean fishing locations where you can cast your line.

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Franklin Nature Trail

Those travelling between Queenstown and Derwent Bridge will cross this well-known wilderness river on their way. Plan a rest stop here and enjoy the tranquillity of water and rainforest.

25 minutes return, 1km, Grade 1
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Frenchmans Cap

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Frenchmans Cap is the dazzling white monarch of the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Guarded by the mighty Franklin River, it is one of our most challenging, most spectacular, and most rewarding bushwalks.

3 - 5 days return, 54km return , Grade 4
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Mount McCall Track (4WD)

The Mt McCall Track is one-day return drive into the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and the Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.

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Nelson Falls

Located in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, visitors can reach the delightful Nelson Falls after a gentle walk. Break the long drive and stretch your legs—you won’t be disappointed.

20 minutes return, 1.4km return, Grade 1
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Group rafting on the Franklin River

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Rafting and kayaking

Tasmania’s oceans and rivers have a well-deserved reputation as some of the cleanest in the world, and what better way to explore these wondrous waterways than up-close and self-propelled.

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