Charles King Memorial Hut, Melaleuca
Charles King Memorial Hut, Melaleuca

Melaleuca

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Closed area: Toilet block at Lake Pedder Teds Beach boat ramp
From 8/11/2019, last reviewed 13/11/2019

​​The toilet block at the Lake Pedder Teds Beach boat ramp and campsite, near the Strathgordon, is temporarily out of service due to an equipment failure. PWS is undertaking repairs as quickly as possible. 

Visitors are advised to use the toilet facilities at Gordon Dam or Pedder Lodge at Strathgordon. 

Only self-contained campervans or caravans should use the campsite until the toilet block reopens.​​



Closed area: Cockle Creek short-term and long-term carparks for improvement works
From 4/11/2019, last reviewed 13/11/2019

After a week of minor site works to the entrance of the Cockle Creek precinct, the short term car park reopened on Friday 8 November. The long term car park will remain closed until Friday 22 November to complete the gravel works.

​PWS thanks all visitors for their understanding as we work on making these improvements.

​For further information, please contact the Huonville Field Centre on 6121 7028.


Track closure: Closed tracks due to 2019 fires
From 1/10/2019, last reviewed 21/10/2019

Post this year’s fires, a Recovery Team has been formed and they are developing a detailed works program to rebuild fire-affected infrastructure on the PWS road and walking track network. Visitor safety is our priority and fire affected areas will remain closed until they are safe for use. We ask for on-going patience from the community and our visitors while repair works are undertaken.

The team are working on prioritised tasks to re-instate the affected roads, walking tracks, bridges, shelters and signs. Repaired tracks and roads will be re-opened progressively as they are repaired. However some areas could take up to two years to restore to appropriate standard and re-open.

Assessment teams including local contractors and staff have worked their way through 980kms of the road network. 450 trees have been fallen and 80 trees blasted on PWS land to remove the risk of tree fall and to clear the roadway.

Road works proposed for 2019/20 and 20/21 will include repairs to damaged road surfaces, verges, drains, and culverts. A full assessment of the area will determine when it is safe for public access. As a result of the fires, over 110kms of walking tracks have been identified by assessment teams as needing repair. Walking track repair works proposed for 2019/20 and 20/21 will include stabilization and repairs to duck boarding and double planking, bridges, shelters, safety barriers and signs. Many tracks are in remote, high country where wintery winds, rain and snow melt will continue to influence the progress of recovery, as much of the work is dependent on drier conditions. Many tracks in these areas are likely to remain closed this summer.

Visitor safety is our priority and fire affected areas will remain closed until they are safe for use. We ask for on-going patience from the community and our visitors while repair works are undertaken. Walkers are reminded that, several walking tracks in the Southwest National Park, Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park and Florentine River Regional Reserve remain closed until further notice.

For walker safety we ask people to adhere to the following closures:


Riveaux Road fire ground

  • Huon Track
  • Mount Picton Track
  • Farmhouse Creek Track
  • Eastern Arthur Range Traverse
  • McKays Track

Gell River fire ground

  • Rasselas Track
  • Lake Rhona Track
  • Adamsfield Track
  • Clearhill Track
  • Needles Track
  • Timbs Track

Anne Gorge and Celtic Hill fire ground

  • Mt Anne Circuit

Open tracks – please note the following tracks are open: The Mount Wedge Track, Mount Sprent Track, Western Arthur Range Traverse from Alpha Moraine to Kappa Moraine returning to Junction Creek via the western portion of MacKays Track, Port Davey Track, South Coast Track and the Hartz Mountains National Park are open.​.


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About

Tucked into the far south-west corner of Tasmania is the tiny settlement of Melaleuca. Originally established for tin-mining by the King family, it can only be reached by light plane, boat or by multi-day walks on the South Coast or Port Davey Tracks. Melaleuca was home to Deny King – a well-kn​own miner, bushman, naturalist and artist – from 1936 until his death in 1991. You can explore his story and the other pioneers of the area, in the Deny King Heritage Museum located near the airstrip and try and imagine what life was like for him and his family in this remote location.

Today, Melaleuca attracts a variety of visitors. For bushwalkers undertaking the multi-day South Coast Track or Port Davey Tracks, Melaleuca is the start, finish or halfway point of their walk. The settlement is also popular with commercial and private boat-based visitors who are exploring the magnificent Port Davey- Bathurst Harbour area. Scenic flights bring day visitors in and bird watchers are attracted by the opportunity to glimpse the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot. These small, beautifully-coloured parrots are on the brink of extinction. The area around Melaleuca is the only place in the world that they breed, between October and late-March. Volunteers observe, monitor and record information about the parrots during their breeding phase. 

Visitors can also experience local Aboriginal culture on the Needwonnee Walk. Along this 1.2 km boardwalk visitors can view the living and changing sculptural installations, made from natural materials, and share the stories of the Needwonnee people.

​​Facilities at Melaleuca include a gravel airstrip, toilets, two walkers huts that sleep 20 people, a small campsite, the Den​y King Heritage Museum and a bird hide.​

Contact

Huonville Office
22 Main Street
Office usually staffed 10am - 4pm Monday to Friday
Huonville TAS 7109
Phone: +61361217026
Email: huonville@parks.tas.gov.au