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Tracks, campsites and reserves may be closed at times for a variety of reasons, including safety risks such as high fire danger or track improvement works. 

While closures and re-openings are shown here, for up-to-the-minute information we recommend checking the Parks and Wildlife Service Facebook page. ​Closures are also displayed on notice boards at the reserve. ​If you have further questions, pa​rk contact information is listed on each reserve page.

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Site Alerts

Track closure: Temporary Closure of Montezuma Falls Suspension Bridge

From 15/1/2020, last reviewed 15/1/2020

​​ ​Montezuma Falls Suspension Bridge is currently closed due to a recent tree fall. The walking track to the falls and the 4WD track from Melba Flats remains open, however for safety reasons visitors will not be allowed to cross the bridge. Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service are working to have the bridge structure assessed and the trees removed as soon as possible.

​​The West Coast Field Centre can be contacted on PWS.WestCoast@parks.tas.gov.au.​​​

Locations affected: Montezuma Falls;

Track closure: Dove Lake Road Closure 20-31 January between 5am-9am

From 15/1/2020, last reviewed 15/1/2020

​​​Extensive programmed road works on the Dove Lake Road at Cradle Mountain are scheduled from Monday 20th January 2020 until Friday 31st January 2020. This is to repair damaged sections of road, resurface and clear culverts to allow for the ongoing safe access of shuttle buses, private vehicles and construction traffic. The following arrangements will be in place to minimise the disruption to park visitors.

The road from the main boom gate at the park entrance to Dove Lake will be CLOSED to all traffic between 5am - 9am each weekday during this two week period. Visitors and staff will not be able to drive in or out of the park during these hours.

The shuttle bus service will commence at 9:00am (instead of 8:10am) from the Visitor Centre on weekdays. Park access arrangements will revert back to normal on weekends.

PWS apologises for any inconvenience caused while the works are in progress and we ask for your patience and cooperation.

Locations affected: Cradle Mountain (Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park);

Incident: Bushfire at Strathgordon

From 30/12/2019, last reviewed 7/1/2020

There is a bushfire at Strathgordon. This fire may put Strathgordon and the Gordon River Road at severe risk.

Fire under these conditions can be uncontrollable and fast moving. Burning embers, falling on Strathgordon may threaten before the main fire. Smoke and ash may make it difficult to see and breathe.

Locations affected: Southwest National Park; Southwest camping;

Track closure: Jane River Track

From 31/12/2019, last reviewed 3/1/2020

​​​​Jane River Track in the Franklin-Gordon Rivers Wild Rivers National Park has been closed until further notice as a precautionary measure to minimise potential risk from nearby fires should they flare up.​  

Locations affected: Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park;

Track closure: Meadstone Falls Track

From 1/1/2020, last reviewed 3/1/2020

​​The Meadstone Falls Track in the Mount Puzzler Regional Reserve has been closed until further notice due to nearby fires.​  

Closed area: Evercreech Forest Reserve

From 3/1/2020, last reviewed 3/1/2020

​​Evercreech Forest Reserve has been closed until further notice due to nearby fires.

Locations affected: Evercreech;

Track closure: Closed tracks due to 2018/19 fires

From 28/11/2019, last reviewed 3/1/2020

​​​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. Illegal access of burnt tracks will increase erosion and cause environmental degradation. 

Visitor safety and environmental protection are our priorities and fire affected areas will remain closed until they are safe for use.

The following tracks are closed. 

  • ​Mt Anne Circuit
  • Huon Track
  • Mount Picton Track
  • Farmhouse Creek Track
  • Eastern Arthur Range Traverse
  • Western Arthur Range Traverse - East of Moraine Kappa
  • McKays Track - East of Moraine Kappa
  • Rasselas Track
  • Lake Rhona Track
  • Adamsfield Track
  • Clearhill Track
  • Needles Track. 

Locations affected: Southwest National Park; Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park;

Fire ban: Campfire restrictions are in place

From 21/10/2019, last reviewed 1/1/2020

​Campfire restrictions are now in place for this site.  This means you will not be able to use campfires, pot fires and other solid fuel stoves. Gas stoves and gas barbecues are still permitted.

Parts of Tasmania are experiencing the driest conditions for the past three years with traditionally wet or damp gullies now dry. An above average fire season has been forecast for the east and south eastern parts of Tasmania due to warmer and drier conditions.

These conditions have increased the risk of unattended or poorly constructed campfires escaping and becoming bushfires. We have a duty of care to our community and want to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable camping experience.

Locations affected: Waterhouse Conservation Area; Waterhouse camping; Mount William camping; Mount William National Park; Bay of Fires camping; Bay of Fires Conservation Area; St Columba Falls; St Columba Falls State Reserve; Douglas-Apsley camping; Douglas-Apsley National Park; Freycinet National Park; Freycinet overnight walker camping; Maria Island camping - Darlington; Maria Island camping - Encampment Cove; Maria Island camping - Frenchs Farm; Maria Island National Park; Maria Island Penitentiary accommodation; Lime Bay camping; Lime Bay State Reserve; Tasman National Park; Fortescue Bay camping; Bridport to Bellingham 4WD traverse; Narawntapu National Park; South Bruny camping; South Bruny National Park; Southport Lagoon camping; Huon campground walk; Lake Esperance; Southwest National Park; Southwest camping; Mount Field National Park; Mount Field camping;

Closed area: Important information for people considering walking the Overland Track

From 17/6/2019, last reviewed 12/12/2019

​ The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service is beginning a three year project to improve facilities on the Overland Track.  The first stage is planned to commence in the 2019-2020 walking season and focuses on the Waterfall Valley site and will see the replacement of the Waterfall Valley Hut, construction of a new toilet, camping platforms, Ranger hut and a realignment of the track.

Construction is planned to start from November 2019 through to May 2020, and as a result the Waterfall Valley Hut will be closed to walkers for the duration of the construction.

The Scott-Kilvert Hut node will be used to accommodate walkers for night one of the Overland Track while construction occurs. For more information please refer to the FAQ under the Overland Track - walk notes. Caution is needed as there is a steep descent and uneven surface from the junction where you turn off to go to Scott-​Kilvert hut.

While construction is underway you may experience some noise from construction activity and see and hear helicopters as they deliver materials to site.   Efforts will be made to limit possible construction and helicopter noise to reasonable hours, however you should consider this information before booking your walk.

As project time frames will be responsive to weather, this period may be subject to change, in which case we will keep you informed as to project updates along the way.

Locations affected: Overland Track;

Closed area: Notice of works: Maria Island jetty and campground

From 20/11/2019, last reviewed 20/11/2019

Works to improve Maria Island’s wastewater system and jetty are currently underway.

There will be some noise disturbance to Darlington campground campers and day visitors during the critical infrastructure work which will be carried out during daylight hours to keep the disturbance to a minimum. The amenities will remain open during works. The work will be complete by the end of the year.​

Work on the Maria Island jetty will improve safety and provide a better experience for visitors accessing the island is due to begin this week. There will be some noise, large machinery and safety barriers during the work. Installation of the six new marine piles will take about four weeks, weather depending. Please note, swimming and diving near the jetty while the large machinery is in place will not be permitted.

Locations affected: Maria Island National Park; Maria Island camping - Darlington;

Planned event: Road works Fortescue Bay Road, Tasman National Park

From 21/10/2019, last reviewed 21/10/2019

Road works are being undertaken on the Fortescue Bay Road, leading into the Fortescue Bay campground.

The site remains open however there will be reduced speed limits and some lane closures throughout the project. Please slow down and follow the directions of traffic controllers and signs.

Work is due to be completed by late February 2020, weather permitting.

Please allow a bit of extra time for your trip as work is undertaken on the road.

Locations affected: Fortescue Bay camping; Tasman National Park;

Closed area: Tahune Airwalk closure

From 25/6/2019, last reviewed 25/6/2019

​​The Tahune Airwalk was affected by the January 2019 bushfires and will be closed until repairs can be completed. The expected reopening is end-of-year 2019, however visistors are advised to see the Tahune Adventures website for full details.

Locations affected: Tahune Airwalk;


 

Contact

Parks and Wildlife Service
GPO Box 1751
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 1300 TASPARKS, (1300 827 727)