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, park contact information is listed on each reserve page.
Important links for the latest safety information:
Track closure: Wineglass Bay Lookout and walking tracks temporary closure
Applies from 30/11/2020Show more/less
The Wineglass Bay Lookout and Peninsula walking tracks will be closed for construction works on the new Wineglass Bay Second lookout and walkway from November 30 to December 4. During this period PWS and the contractor will be conducting helicopter operations to lift the new structures into place.
Helicopter operations are subject to weather conditions and may change at short notice. PWS will endeavour to provide as much notice as possible to visitors regarding this closure.
Please note that dates of this operation have changed.
These works are expected to be completed prior to Christmas 2020.
Locations affected: Freycinet National Park;
Last reviewed 21/10/2020 03:29 PM
Closed area: Dove Lake Road - Ranger Station to Dove Lake
Applies from 30/11/2020, until 3/12/2020Show more/less
Dove Lake Road between the Ranger Station and Dove Lake will be closed from 4.30pm to 9pm from 30 November until 3 December.
Repair works will be undertaken during the closure, which has been timed to minimise the inconvenience to visitors.
Locations affected: Dove Lake; Cradle Mountain (Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park);
Last reviewed 27/11/2020 08:08 AM
Safety alert: An important COVID-19 message to travellers from South Australia
Applies from 16/11/2020Show more/less
The Tasmanian Government has classified South Australia as a medium-risk area from Monday afternoon, 16 November 2020.
If you have been in South Australia at any time since 7 November 2020, this important message relates to you.
Travellers from medium-risk areas will need to go into quarantine either in a suitable residence, or government hotel. Given the short timeframe for notice, the Tasmanian Government will pay for those required to hotel quarantine.
People who have registered with Tas-e-travel will be contacted via SMS with further advice.
If you have recently been in South Australia, please be alert for symptoms of COVID-19 and seek testing through the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 if you have any symptoms, even mild.
For further updates please visit www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au
Last reviewed 16/11/2020 07:21 PM
Planned event: Hastings Thermal Pool is closed
Applies from 9/11/2020Show more/less
The Hastings Thermal Pool is currently closed for maintenance. To book a tour at Hastings Caves phone (03) 6298 3209.
Visitors must continue to adhere to physical distancing standards and Public Health regulations, see COVID-19 safety information.
Locations affected: Hastings Caves State Reserve;
Last reviewed 9/11/2020 06:34 PM
Planned event: Walls of Jerusalem - Wild Dog Creek tent platform construction
Applies from 2/11/2020Show more/less
The Parks and Wildlife Service are starting construction of the Wild Dog Creek campsite extension as part of the Recreation Zone Plan Implementation Project. Works including new tent platforms will be undertaken from 3rd November 2020 to mid December 2020.
The new construction site east of Wild Dog Creek campsite will be closed to all visitors during the construction period. Walking tracks and existing tent platforms at Wild Dog Creek will remain open.
Helicopter operations - subject to weather conditions will be undertaken starting 2nd November 2020. Visitors may be disrupted by construction works including generator use. Works noise will be minimised with no use in the mornings and late afternoons.
Locations affected: Walls of Jerusalem National Park;
Last reviewed 29/10/2020 05:10 PM
Track closure: Kelly Basin Walk & Kelly Basin Rd (Bird River 4WD Track)
Applies from 16/10/2020Show more/less
Due to structural issues with the historic Bird River Bridge, the Kelly Basin Walk has been temporarily closed to walkers. Walkers must not cross the historic Bird River Bridge under any circumstances. Until appropriate alternatives can be put in place, the Bird River 4WD Track (last 5km of the Kelly Basin Rd) has also been temporarily closed to prevent access by walkers.
For further information contact the West Coast Field Centre on PWS.WestCoast@parks.tas.gov.au.
Locations affected: Kelly Basin;
Last reviewed 16/10/2020 11:21 AM
Planned event: Richmond Gaol Historic Site closed for maintenance
Applies from 12/10/2020Show more/less
For public safety reasons the Richmond Gaol Historic Site will be closed for re-roofing and maintenance works. It is expected the site will reopen in mid-December.
For further information, visitors should contact the Lessee directly via email@example.com
Locations affected: Richmond Gaol Historic Site;
Last reviewed 19/11/2020 03:44 PM
Safety alert: Ocean Beach is open - do not approach whales
Applies from 7/10/2020Show more/less
Ocean Beach and Macquarie Heads near Strahan are now open to the public. Please proceed with caution as deceased whales are present on this beach.
The public and dogs must not approach or come into contact with the whale carcasses. Contact can be hazardous and spread harmful bacteria.
It is an offence under the Whales Protection Act 1988 to interfere, obtain or possess any part or product of a whale.
The Parks and Wildlife Service expects whale carcasses may continue to wash up on beaches throughout this area for some time, and apologises for any inconvenience.
Last reviewed 16/11/2020 09:27 AM
Planned event: Cave tours - book the day before to avoid disappointment
Applies from 28/9/2020Show more/less
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, please note bookings for all Mole Creek Caves tours can be made up to 14 days prior. To book phone (03) 6363 5182.
To book for Hastings Caves phone (03) 6298 3209. The Hastings Thermal Pool is currently closed.
Visitors must continue to adhere to physical distancing standards and Public Health regulations.
Locations affected: Mole Creek Karst - cave tours; Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs; Hastings Caves State Reserve;
Last reviewed 6/11/2020 01:11 PM
Closed area: Coal Point and Jetty Beach closed for tree work 13-14 October
Applies from 23/9/2020Show more/less
Coal Point car park and access track will be closed on 13 October for tree works and dangerous limb removal.
Jetty Beach will be closed on 14 October for tree works.
For safety reasons these areas will be inaccessible to the public on these days.
Locations affected: South Bruny National Park;
Last reviewed 5/10/2020 02:20 PM
Track closure: Tahune Airwalk - River tracks
Applies from 10/9/2020Show more/less
The Tahune Airwalk has re-opened on weekends. Part of the river walk is accessible. Please note sections of the Airwalk loop track and river walk (the McKays-Tahune and Huon Pine-Tahune tracks) remain closed to the public due to damage from the 2018-2019 bushfires.
Locations affected: Tahune Airwalk;
Last reviewed 16/11/2020 09:27 AM
Planned event: Cockle Creek- construction works
Applies from 29/8/2020Show more/less
Car park and building construction works are underway at Cockle Creek in the Southwest National Park. The car park behind the Rangers Quarters in the national park will be closed until the end of November. Overflow parking is available before the Cockle Creek Bridge.
Toilet upgrade works will be undertaken on toilets in Boltons Green, Cockle Creek and Ramsgate campgrounds and near the Whale Sculpture. During works these work sites and toilets will be fenced and closed. Alternate toilet facilities will be provided and signed.
For visitor safety around machinery operations, there will be intermittent closures of areas and roads. All walking tracks, camping sites and the Whale Sculpture car park remain open.
Please adhere to all onsite signage.
Locations affected: South Coast Track; Cockle Creek camping; Cockle Creek; South Cape Bay;
Last reviewed 15/10/2020 01:35 PM
Closed area: Montezuma Falls Walking Track and suspension bridge - update
Applies from 17/8/2020Show more/less
The Montezuma Falls Walking Track, from the carpark in Williamsford to the viewing platform at the base of the falls, is open. The suspension bridge however, remains closed to the public for safety reasons until further notice.
Contact the West Coast Field Centre on PWS.WestCoast@parks.tas.gov.au.
Locations affected: Montezuma Falls;
Last reviewed 26/11/2020 05:02 PM
Planned event: Site works at Tasman Arch, Devils Kitchen and Blowhole
Applies from 15/7/2020Show more/less
PWS is currently upgrading the car and bus parking at Tasman Arch and Devil's Kitchen and improving vehicle and pedestrian access to the Boat Ramp precinct at the Tasman Blowhole.
Access to the boat ramp will be impacted for less than a week and Blowhole Road east of Blowhole Creek may be closed for a few hours during installation of the new pedestrian access bridge.
All works are expected to be completed by December 2020.
Some impacts on parking, traffic movement and visual amenity, including noise and dust are expected.
For visitor safety please abide by any on-site signage and directions.
Locations affected: Tasman National Park;
Last reviewed 5/11/2020 02:02 PM
Closed area: Annual closure of Lake Augusta Road
Applies from 2/7/2020Show more/less
The boom gate on Lake Augusta Rd just beyond The Thousand Lakes Lodge, is now open. The boom gates for Double Lagoon, Talinah Lagoon and the Pillans / Jullians Lakes remain closed and will be re-assessed regularly and opened when ground conditions are suitable.
The annual closure ensures vehicles are not driving on wet, boggy roads which results in damage to the 19 Lagoons road network.
For information contact the Great Western Tiers Field Centre on (03) 6701 2104.
Last reviewed 23/10/2020 12:43 PM
Safety alert: Campsite registration and hut capacity
Applies from 25/6/2020Show more/less
Planned event: Dove Lake car park and shuttle bus service
Applies from 14/5/2020Show more/less
During the construction of the Viewing Shelter from April 2020 to July 2021, private vehicles will not have access beyond the Ronny Creek car park at any time of day.
The shuttle bus service will continue to operate throughout the construction period. Private vehicle access between the visitor centre, Ronny Creek and Dove Lake (along Dove Lake Road) is not permitted during shuttle bus operating times.
COVID-19 safety information for shuttle bus requirements and hut registration requirements.
Locations affected: Cradle Mountain (Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park);
Last reviewed 26/11/2020 04:58 PM
Planned event: Maria Island - showers closed
Applies from 11/3/2020Show more/less
Visitors to Maria Island National Park are advised that due to infrastructure repairs on the island, the public showers at Darlington will be closed until further notice.
For further information, contact the PWS Maria-Triabunna Field Centre on (03) 6257 1420.
Locations affected: Maria Island camping - Darlington; Maria Island National Park;
Last reviewed 1/10/2020 05:43 PM
Closed area: Meadstone Falls Lookout (Mt Puzzler)
Applies from 14/2/2020Show more/less
The Meadstone Falls Lookout in the Mt Puzzler Reserve is closed until further notice. The lookout structure is damaged, resulting in a severe hazard to users.
Last reviewed 20/11/2020 10:56 AM
Track closure: Closed tracks due to 2018/19 fires
Applies from 28/11/2019Show more/less
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 (including Mt Anne and Lake Judd tracks)
- Eliza Plateau
- Huon Track
- Farmhouse Creek Track (including Federation Peak)
- Eastern Arthur Range Traverse (including Federation Peak)
- Western Arthur Range Traverse - East of Moraine Kappa
- McKays Track - East of Moraine Kappa
- Rasselas Track
- Adamsfield Track
- Clearhill Track
Tracks that have been re-opened:
The Needles Track and Lake Rhona Track (via Richea Creek and subject to river levels) have been reopened to the public. As tracks are reopened walkers should expect to encounter burnt vegetation along these tracks, which in some areas hangs over the track, and will require pushing through and will result in charcoal marks on clothing and packs.
To prevent erosion, walkers must remain on the existing track. Minor vegetation clearance along the Lake Rhona Track is planned for spring.
Locations affected: Southwest National Park; Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park; Eliza Plateau; Lake Judd;
Last reviewed 26/11/2020 05:04 PM