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New picnic facilities for Penny's Lagoon

08/08/2018

The Parks and Wildlife Service has completed the construction of a new picnic shelter at Penny's Lagoon within the Lavinia State Reserve on King Island.
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Celebrating World Ranger Day

31/07/2018

The work of Tasmania's rangers is vital in the daily management of our 19 national parks and more than 800 reserves, encompassing approximately 50 per cent of the State.
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Southwest ecological burns important for orange-bellied parrot conservation

22/03/2018

Planned ecological burns in Southwest National Park will help regenerate important habitat areas for the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot.More

Mt Field

Introduction

Russell Falls, upper tier, c.1900

Russell Falls, upper tier,
c.1900 (Tasmania Library,
State Library of Tasmania)

The natural beauty of Mt Field has been officially recognised for over one hundred years. Tasmania's first nature reserve was created around Russell Falls in 1885. The area set aside for protection and public enjoyment was then greatly extended with the formation of the Mt Field National Park in 1916. Along with Freycinet, it is the oldest national park in Tasmania.

Mt Field National Park has long been a favourite destination among residents of Hobart, partly due to its close proximity to the capital city, but also because of its great beauty and diversity. Further information for visitors can be found at our Visitors Guide to Tasmania's National Parks.