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Safety alert: Lockdown advice for national parks and reserves in southern Tasmania
Applies from 15/10/2021

​​In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe, all visitor centres and public facilities in national parks and reserves will be closed within the southern municipalities announced by the Tasmanian Government from 6pm, Friday 15 October until 6pm, Monday 18 October. 

Parks and reserves will remain open during the period of the lockdown for exercise purposes only. 

Visitors should ensure they follow COVID-19 safe practices including maintaining physical distancing while using parks and reserves to exercise. 

The PWS will contact any visitors who have booked to begin overnight walks during this time, including those walkers on the Three Capes Track Experience.

For information visit the Coronavirus website​

Last reviewed 15/10/2021 04:49 PM


Aerial image of bay before Cape Bruny Lighthouse overlooking lighthouse and ocean
Cape Bruny Lighthouse (photograph: Chris Crerar)

Cape Bruny Lighthouse

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Safety alert: Lockdown advice for national parks and reserves in southern Tasmania
Applies from 15/10/2021

​​In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe, all visitor centres and public facilities in national parks and reserves will be closed within the southern municipalities announced by the Tasmanian Government from 6pm, Friday 15 October until 6pm, Monday 18 October. 

Parks and reserves will remain open during the period of the lockdown for exercise purposes only. 

Visitors should ensure they follow COVID-19 safe practices including maintaining physical distancing while using parks and reserves to exercise. 

The PWS will contact any visitors who have booked to begin overnight walks during this time, including those walkers on the Three Capes Track Experience.

For information visit the Coronavirus website​

Last reviewed 15/10/2021 04:49 PM


Incident: Visitor Services - Hobart phone support closed
Applies from 15/10/2021

​​Due to recent COVID related announcements, the Visitor Services Office in Hobart is currently closed. Our phone operations are unavailable during this time for the following areas: Three Capes Track, Overland Track, Multiday Walker Registrations & Park Entry Enquiries. 

If you have an urgent enquiry relating:

Booking for the Three Capes Track, please email – threecapestrack@parks.tas.gov.au.

​Booking for the Overland Track, please email – Overlandtrack@parks.tas.gov.au.

​For urgent enquiries relating to National Park Passes, please email - Parkfees@parks.tas.gov.au​

Pending advice, the office may re-open on Tuesday 19th October 2021. We expect to receive a high volume of enquiries and it may take us longer than usual to respond to you during this period.

The Parks and Wildlife Service apologises for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.​

Last reviewed 15/10/2021 04:27 PM


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The historic Cape Bruny Lighthouse, built in 1836, is the only southern Tasmanian lighthouse open for tours. At 114 metres tall, it towers over the spectacular dolerite cliffs of Cape Bruny and offers panoramic views of the rugged South Bruny coastline. 

The lighthouse was commissioned by Governor George Arthur, following a series of shipwrecks off the southern Tasmanian coast. When first lit in 1838, it was the third lighthouse in the state, and only the fourth in Australia. A lighthouse reserve of almost 200 acres provided timber, vegetable gardens and grazing land, all indispensable parts of its operation. 

The nightly task of maintaining the light was challenging. Each lighthouse had a unique light characteristic which was ensured by a clockwork planetary table and needed rewinding every eight hours. The fifteen lamps of the original 1838 Wilkins lantern each burned 600mls of expensive sperm whale oil per hour and needed frequent refilling. The lamps were extremely fragile, being replaced every three nights in 1839.

The lighthouse was refurbished in 1901-3 with a powerful new Chance Brothers lantern replacing the original Wilkins lantern, then in 1959 the light was electrified. Cape Bruny light was lit for the final time in 1996, when it was replaced by a solar powered light nearby, and in December 2000 it was added to the South Bruny National Park. 

Visitors to Cape Bruny are invited to climb a steep path to the base of the lighthouse. I​​​n order to climb the beautiful spiral staircase and enjoy the views from the top, you’ll need to join one of the regular guided tours. 

The tours provide an excellent opportunity to hear the full history of the lighthouse: from shipwreck tragedies on nearby islands, to convict hardship during construction, and the lives and duties of the lighthouse keepers. 

After a tour, you can continue to explore the grounds. A track to the nearby beach passes a grave site thought to be the resting place of two children from 1875 and 1898, before reaching a dry stone w​all that marks the boundaries of an old vegetable patch. 

Also worth a look is the Cape Bruny Lightstation Museum, located by the car park. This small building is packed with an assortment of fascinating maritime artefacts.​

Contact

Bruny Island Field Centre
c/- Alonnah Post Office
Bruny Island TAS 7150
Phone: 03 6293 1419