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The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) places the highest priority on protecting the health and safety of visitors and staff.

Measures are in place to protect our visitors and limit the spread of COVID-19.

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

COVID-19 message to interstate travellers

Recently arrived?

If you have travelled from interstate or recently returned to Tasmania from interstate you may need to self-isolate.  The latest Department of Health advice including high-risk locations and premises is available at​ ​www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/travelalert​​. 

Travellers should check the website frequently when a situation is evolving as locations and premises will change. For further updates please visit www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au​

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. Upon arrival all travellers will be required to provide travel details.

Before planning your trip to our parks and reserves, please visit the Tasmanian Government Coronavirus website on Comi​ng to Tasmania​ for more information. ​​

Additional COVID-19 measures have been put in place at a number of locations listed below. Please also check the PWS alerts page for any closures at national parks and reserves before your visit.  ​

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 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   ​

Overnight Walker registration

Walkers are asked to register for a  number of overnight walks, see Overnight walker registration for details. Registration is free.


​​​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. 

The Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre and shuttle bus are operating under a COVID Safe 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 metres from others.
  • Use the hand sanitiser 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).

Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs

Numbers are currently limited to eight people per Hastings Cave tour. ​Bookings are taken up to 14 days​ in advance for Hastings Cave tours​ through the Hastings Visitor Centre on (03) 6298 3209. Email requests will not be accepted. 

For opening hours of the visitor centre, café and thermal pool see Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs​.​

Mole Creek Caves

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

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