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​​​​​​​​The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is pleased to welcome 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.​

COVID-19 message to interstate travellers

Recently arrived?

​If you have travelled from interstate or recently returned to Tasmania from interstate and have been in a location determined as high-risk by Public Health you should immediately self-isolate and call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738. High-risk locations and premises are 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.

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

Measures in place for parks and reserves

Before heading to your preferred location check the applicable park web pageas 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, walker 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.​​​​

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   ​

​​​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 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 retail shop).

Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park – Overland Track

Walkers are required to walk from north to south (Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair).

During the booking season (1 October and 31 May) all walkers are required to book online, in advance (including payment) at least 24hrs prior to departure.

Outside the booking season (1 June to 30 September) all walkers are required to register (no fee applies) in compliance with COVID-19 requirements.

 Call the Parks and Wildlife Service on (03) 6165 4254 or email tracks@parks.tas.gov.au   to confirm availability and register for your walk.​​

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 the Safe walking guidelines and use the Walker Pack checklist . The registration system is not a safety system. Individuals are responsible for their own safety​.

Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs

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. Numbers are currently limited to 8 people per tour.​​

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


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

You must register to undertake this multi-day walk. The number of walkers departing from the main Walls of Jerusalem car park is capped at 48 walkers 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 confirm whether there is availability and register for your walk, please fill the Walker Registration Availability Enquiry Form. For further enquiries​ email tracks@parks.tas.gov.au​ or call (03) 6165 4254. 


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

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

You must register to do these walks. 

​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 Rodway (12 per day). 

Walker numbers are capped for Farmhouse Creek Track (6 per day). Walkers are requested to limit their length of stay at Bechervaise Plateau and Hanging Lake to a maximum of two nights.   ​

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

To confirm whether there is availability and register for your walk, please fill the Walker Registration Availability Enquiry Form. For further enquiries​ email tracks@parks.tas.gov.au​ or call (03) 6165 4254. ​


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​​.​
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