Critical Alert 

Safety alert: Limited access to parks and reserves
From 8/5/2020, last reviewed 18/5/2020

​​​From Monday 11 May, Tasmanian residents will be able to undertake exercise at national parks and reserves, including beaches in their local area. Residents should only use parks and reserves that they can walk, run or cycle to, or if this is not possible, can drive to within 30 kilometres of their place of residence.

Please check your Local Council for arrangements for lands managed by them. Please note that Wellington Park will re-open but the Pinnacle Road will remain closed to vehicle traffic. 

Residents must still maintain and observe physical distancing rules, limit groups to 10 people, except for household members, and move on once they have completed their exercise.  If carparks are full, please move on and return at another time.

This limited access to national parks and reserves follows the closure of all PWS reserved lands declared under the Nature Conservation Act 2002 on 26 March to prevent non-essential travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visitor centres and campgrounds still remain closed until further notice.

For more information on the limited access to reserved lands and the easing of restrictions in national parks and reserves please refer to the frequently asked questions.​ 


Misty image overlooking Gordon River and the surrounding hinterland
Gordon River (photograph: Cam Blake)

Lower Gordon River Recreation Zone Plan
(Review and update)

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Alerts for Lower Gordon River Recreation Zone Plan

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Safety alert: Limited access to parks and reserves
From 8/5/2020, last reviewed 18/5/2020

​​​From Monday 11 May, Tasmanian residents will be able to undertake exercise at national parks and reserves, including beaches in their local area. Residents should only use parks and reserves that they can walk, run or cycle to, or if this is not possible, can drive to within 30 kilometres of their place of residence.

Please check your Local Council for arrangements for lands managed by them. Please note that Wellington Park will re-open but the Pinnacle Road will remain closed to vehicle traffic. 

Residents must still maintain and observe physical distancing rules, limit groups to 10 people, except for household members, and move on once they have completed their exercise.  If carparks are full, please move on and return at another time.

This limited access to national parks and reserves follows the closure of all PWS reserved lands declared under the Nature Conservation Act 2002 on 26 March to prevent non-essential travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visitor centres and campgrounds still remain closed until further notice.

For more information on the limited access to reserved lands and the easing of restrictions in national parks and reserves please refer to the frequently asked questions.​ 


Developing a new Recreation Zone Plan for the lower Gordon River

The Parks and Wildlife Service is working to develop a new Recreation Zone Plan for the lower Gordon River as required by the 2016 Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan.

The review and update of the Recreation Zone Plan will take up to two years to complete. This timeframe is linked to the development of the Tourism Master Plan for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area to ensure the two plans are aligned.

The Recreation Zone Plan is a non-statutory subsidiary plan to the 2016 Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan.

The Recreation Zone Plan has two parts, the first being the Background Report that outlines the planning context; the character and values of the area; recreation and use; existing visitor facilities and sites; the current management of the area together with a summary of the issues. The second part will be an action focussed plan for the future management of the lower Gordon River Recreation Zone.

The Background Report has now been released and we are seeking your input into the future management of the lower Gordon River Recreation Zone. Details of how you can have your say are outlined below.

You can download the Lower Gordon River Recreation Zone Background Report here.

Project stages






Stage 1 - Setting the background
- Development of a background report


Stage 2 - Release of the Background Report
- Release of the Background report for public comment


Stage 3 - Engagement
- Input sought about the management issues and options for the lower Gordon River Recreation Zone
- Online feedback survey (see Have your say section below for details)
- Public listening post sessions (COVID-19 dependent)
Consultation with key stakeholders 

Stage 4 - Preparation on the Draft Recreation Zone Plan
- Preparation of the draft Decreation Zone Plan based on consultation and feedback received

Stage 5 - Release of the Draft Recreation Zone Plan
- Formal release of the Draft Recreation Zone Plan for public comment



Stage 6 - Engagement
- Invitation for public comment on the Draft Recreation Zone Plan
- Comment via written submission and online feedback survey

Stage 7 - Review and finalise the Recreation Zone Plan
- Submissions are reviewed; a public comment report prepared and changes to the draft recreation zone plan will be made where appropriate

Stage 8 - Formal approval
- Formal approval of the final Recreation Zone Plan

Stage 9 - Release
- The final Recreation Zone Plan and public comment report published

Key dates

Release of the Background Report for comment

  • Released

Listening Post Session

  • Dates and locations to be confirmed (COVID-19 dependant)

Close of comment period on Background Report

  • Monday 22 June 2020

Release of Draft Recreation Zone Plan for comment

  • ​​To be announced

Close of Draft Recreation Zone Plan comment period

  • ​To be announced

Have your say – Setting the background

The Lower Gordon River Recreation Zone Background Report has been released. We are seeking your input with respect to the issues and options for the future management of the lower Gordon River in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Your input will inform the development of the Draft Recreation Zone Plan for the area. 

Please read and consider the background report. To have your say, submit your comments in any of the following ways.

Accessibility of documents 

The Government recognises that not all individuals or groups are equally placed to access and understand information. We are therefore committed to ensuring Government information is accessible and easily understood by people with diverse communication needs. 

Where possible, please consider typing your submission in plain English and providing it in a format such as Microsoft Word or equivalent. The Government cannot however take responsibility for the accessibility of documents provided by third parties. 

Important information to note 

Your name (or the name of the organisation) will be published unless you request otherwise. 

In the absence of a clear indication that a submission is intended to be treated as confidential (or parts of the submission), the Department will treat the submission as public. 

If you would like your submission treated as confidential, whether in whole or in part, please indicate this in writing at the time of making your submission clearly identifying the parts of your submission you want to remain confidential and the reasons why. In this case, your submission will not be published to the extent of that request. 

Copyright in submissions remains with the author(s), not with the Tasmanian Government. 

The Department will not publish, in whole or in part, submissions containing defamatory or offensive material. If your submission includes information that could enable the identification of other individuals then either all or parts of the submission will not be published.

The Right to Information Act 2009 and confidentiality 

Information provided to the Government may be provided to an applicant under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI). If you have indicated that you wish all or part of your submission to be treated as confidential, your statement detailing the reasons may be taken into account in determining whether or not to release the information in the event of an RTI application for assessed disclosure. You may also be contacted to provide any further comment.

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