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​The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is pleased to welcome back our visitors from interstate as well as our fellow residents.

Protecting the health and safety of visitors and staff is the highest priority for the PWS.

Tasmania’s parks and reserves remain open across the state, with measures in place to protect our visitors and limit the spread of COVID-19.​​

We ask that all visitors continue to adhere to physical distancing standards and Public Health regulations, while exploring our parks and reserves.​

Measures in place

Before heading to your preferred location check the applicable park web pageas a changes have been put in place to safely manage visitor numbers. 

Parks with additional COVID-19 measures are listed below and include cave tour booking requirements, campsite registration and maximum numbers that apply to some locations.​

Please also check the PWS alerts​ page for any closures at national parks and reserves before your visit. Closures or restricted access to parks, reserves and facilities may apply for operational purposes such as planned fuel reduction burns.

Planning to travel to Tasmania?

Border restrictions in Tasmania are based on locations travellers have spent time in during the 14 days prior to arrival in Tasmania.

All travellers to Tasmania are required to provide travel details on arrival. Please visit the Tasmanian Government Coronavirus website on Coming to Tasmania for more information before planning your trip to our parks and reserves. 

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Protecting yourself and the community from COVID-19

When visiting a park or reserve you must:

  • Practice physical distancing
  • Maintain good hygiene
  • Ensure you have booked ahead for sites that require this including campsites
  • If you are unwell, stay at home
  • Bring your own hand soap, sanitiser, or hand wipes with you. Access to sanitation products and running water cannot be guaranteed
  • If the park is too crowded to practice physical distancing, please leave the area.
  • To avoid the risk associated with handling cash, visitors are asked to consider using contactless payment options, or buying their park pass (link to parks pass page) online before they visit.

If you are required to self-isolate, you must not enter a park or reserve. Campgrounds are not suitable, nor permitted places for self-isolation.​

Parks with additional COVID-19 measures   

​​​Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park – Dove Lake shuttle bus service ​

Visitors wishing to access Dove Lake are required to board a shuttle bus service from the Cradle Mountain Gateway. Private vehicle access between the visitor centre, Ronny Creek and Dove Lake (along Dove Lake Road) is not permitted during shuttle bus operating times. 

Before boarding the bus, visitors are requested to provide their details at the Visitor Centre for contact tracing purposes.

The Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre and shuttle bus are operating under a Covidsafe plan - based on current Department of Health advice.

The shuttle service is classified as a public transport service​ and is exempt from physical distancing guidelines.

Shuttlebus COVID-19 Safe Guidelines:

  • Do not board the bus if you have COVID-19 symptoms (including fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat or loss of taste and smell).
  • When queuing try to keep a minimum distance of 1.5 metre from others.
  • Use the hand sanitizer and follow driver instructions.
  • Avoid touching surfaces whenever you can and don’t touch your face.
  • Where possible leave a spare seat between passengers not from the same family or household.
  • If practicable, do not stand in the bus aisle.
  • There will be peak use times, when all seats on the bus will need to be occupied, and occasionally some passengers standing in the aisle.
  • If you are seeking to board a bus which has a high number of passengers, consider waiting for the next service.
  • You may choose to wear a facemask (available at the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre Retail shop).

Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park – Overland Track

All walkers are required to book online, in advance (including payment) at least 24hrs prior to departure and walk from north to south (Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair).

To meet the Department of Health's physical distancing requirements, numbers are capped at 24 walkers per day and the number of people allowed in each hut is limited. All walkers must carry a quality tent (3-4 season rating with inner and outer layer), and be prepared to camp. Each hut has signage advising how many people are permitted and cleaning supplies to allow walkers to self-manage the cleaning of surfaces.

For details see Overland Track bookings.

Please note alpine walking can be dangerous for inexperienced walkers – please read key Safe walking guidelines and use the Walker Pack checklist . The registration system is not a safety system. Individuals are responsible for their own safety as per these safety guidelines​.

Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs

Bookings are taken up to two weeks in advance for Hastings Cave tours​ through the Hastings Visitor Centre on (03) 6298 3209. Email requests will not be accepted. Numbers are currently limited to 8 people per tour.

The Café is open 10.30am - 4pm for takeaway only.

The thermal pool, short walks and barbecue area are closed.

Mole Creek Caves

It is advisable to book your tour. Bookings for all Mole Creek Caves tour​s can be made up to 14 days prior on (03) 6363 5182.

A maximum of 10 people can participate in Marakoopa Cave tours and 6 people for King Solomons Cave tours.

Maria Island National Park

All visitors must use the hand wash facilities provided at Triabunna and at Darlington before boarding the ferry - please allow at least 45 minutes prior to your departure time for this.   

The campgrounds at Darlington, Frenchs Farm and Encampment Cove are open subject to all campers maintaining physical distancing, particularly in relation to the use of shared facilities including the barbecue shelter and tables.

The showers in the Maria Island campground are currently closed.

Those who have booked to stay in the Penitentiary accommodation must vacate by 10am on the day of departure to allow each room to be thoroughly cleaned between occupants.

Walls of Jerusalem National Park

The number of hikers departing from the main Walls of Jerusalem car park is capped at 32 hikers per day and registrations are required. All huts in the Walls of Jerusalem and the Great Western Tiers remain closed, and all walkers must carry a good quality 3-4 season tent.

To book call the Lake St Clair Visitor Centre on (03) 6289 1172 or email to confirm availability and register your tent site. 

Frenchmans Cap (Vera and Tahune Hut sites), Pine Valley Hut site, New Pelion Hut via Arm River and Scott Kilvert Memorial Hut

The following huts are open with limited capacity to ensure compliance with COVID-19 requirements.

Walker numbers are capped for Frenchmans Cap (10 per day) and walkers here are required to move on to the next campsite each day. 

Walker numbers are capped for Pine Valley (10 per day), New Pelion (8 per day) and Scott Kilvert Memorial Hut at Lake Roday (12 per day). 

All walkers must carry a good quality 3-4 season tent.

Call the Lake St Clair Visitor Centre on (03) 6289 1172 or email to confirm availability and register your tent site.​

Three Capes Track

Walkers are capped at 36 per day. Groups booked together can be accommodated together. 

All walkers should undertake a self-assessment of personal health and contact the booking office if unwell to reschedule or cancel.

Some furniture from common areas has been removed to reduce overcrowding. Walkers are asked to come prepared to manage their personal hygiene and to bring a tea towel. 

To book your walk see Three Capes Track​​.​