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PWS Public Safety Update


The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is continuing to assess the fire situation and extract bushwalkers from fire-affected remote reserves and parks across the state.More

PWS Public Safety Alert


There has been considerable thunderstorm activity across the state overnight. Some fires have started in remote areas and the situation is being assessed as a matter of urgency.More

Gell River Fire update 14 January 2019 4.00 pm


A fire is burning within the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, to the north of the Denison Range and through the Vale of Rasselas.More

Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area


Natural Values

Originally set aside to meet the recreation needs of Launceston's growing urban population, the reserve has more recently been recognised for its important nature conservation role.

The reserve protects dry open grassy forest and woodland communities, while the aquatic and riparian habitats of the South Esk River gorge are particularly biodiverse, supporting most of the 26 threatened flora species found in the reserve. Three of the five threatened fauna species in the reserve are also found in the gorge.

Thr reserve is home to a large number of herbivores and carnivores, which makes the area of great interest given that it is so close to a major urban area. A number of mammals which have suffered major declines in their range within the Northern Midlands Bioregion (between 50 and 90% decline) can be found in the reserve. Such species include the Tasmanian bettong, long-nosed potoroo and common wombat.

The South Esk River gorge, flanked by 30 to 60 metre high cliffs and buttresses, is the reserve’s dominant landscape feature. The gorge extends for seven kilometres between Trevallyn Dam and the Tamar Estuary, with five kilometres of the northern banks within the reserve.

Parts of the gorge may be viewed from several points within the reserve. The lookouts west of the Hoo Hoo Hut have particularly good views over and upstream of Deadmans Hollow.

Cultural heritage values

As urban development increases in the district, the reserve’s natural bushland setting is likely to become increasingly important to the local community. The reserve’s setting is already integral to visitor experience and there is growing local community interest in caring for the reserve’s special natural values. An underground tunnel and flume, integral to the historic Duck Reach Hydro-electric scheme, are within the reserve and are listed on the Register of the National Estate.