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Latest track and reserve openings and closures update


Friday 1 February 2019 – 5pm

Access to some national parks and reserve areas is being managed for public safety by PWS due to the current fire situation.  

Douglas Aspley National Park

The Apsley Waterhole Day Use Area (only) has reopened  

Tasman National Park

Tracks reopened include Devils Kitchen, Blowhole Circuit Track, Tasman Arch Circuit Track, Cashs Lookout Track, Waterfall Bluff Track, Clemes Peak Track, Tasman Arch to Waterfall Bay Track, Waterfall Bay to Fortescue Bay Track, Tatnells Hill from Balts Road Track, Tatnells Hill side track, Lichen Hill Track, Arthurs Peak hang-gliding launch access

Freycinet National Park - reopened 

Maria Island National Park

Mt Maria track and Frenchs Farm Inland route reopened, Friday 1 February 2019

Mt Field National Park remains closed

PWS will be re-evaluate closure on Monday 4 February 

Southwest National Park – South Coast Track – remains closed

South Coast Track remains closed to new walkers, PWS will be re-evaluate closure on Monday 4 February

Hastings Cave remains closed

PWS will be re-evaluate closure on Monday 4 February 

Walls of Jerusalem National Park 

Little Fischer River Track remains closed. Walkers are asked to suspend trips until further notice due to the risks created by the current fire situation and worsening conditions forecast for Saturday and Sunday. These measures are to reduce the number of walkers on the track should conditions worsen on the weekend. 


With the large number of fires burning and the potential for spotting and new starts due to the weather forecast, PWS are asking people NOT to venture into remote areas. 

PWS would like to remind everyone that campfire restrictions are still in place across all national parks, reserves and Crown Land state-wide until further notice.

These restrictions are in place due to elevated soil dryness and the risk of new fire starts, at a time when there is significant number of fires already burning.

As fires under hot, dry and windy conditions can travel very fast, it’s important for visitors to stay informed in case conditions change.  

 What to do

 · stay informed in case conditions change;

 · check in at visitor centres for the latest information,

 · heed advice at track heads,

 · follow directions of PWS staff at national parks and reserves; and

 · monitor the following websites 





 · listen to ABC local radio 


 The following tracks, roads and areas remain closed until further notice: 


All walking tracks off the Gordon River Road are closed until further notice

(Gordon River Road is currently closed west of Maydena)

 Echo Sugarloaf State Reserve 

 Echo Sugarloaf Track 

 Hartz Mountain National Park 

 Hartz Mountains including all walking tracks and access roads in the area are closed  

 Russell Ridge Conservation Area 

 Billy Brown Falls Track 

 Snug Tiers Nature Recreation Area 

 Umfrevilles Track 

 Snug Tiers 

 Snug Falls Track 

 Pelverata Falls Track  

 Southport Lagoon Conservation Area 

 Southport Lagoon Track 


 Southwest National Park 

 Port Davey Track  

Junee Cave State Reserve

Marriott Falls State Reserve

Remote area walking tracks west of Maydena and Huonville are closed

This includes – Lake Rhona, Vale of Rasselas, The Spires, Lake Curly, Timbs Track, Twisted Sister, Denison Traverse, Styx Big Tree Reserve, Wylds Craig Track, Mt Wedge, The Needles, Marriotts Falls, Adamsfield Track, Mt Anne Circuit, Western Arthurs, Eastern Arthurs including Federation Peak, Mt Sprent, Frankland Range, Farmhouse Creek Track, Huon Track, Lake Skinner, Nevada Peak Track, Yoyo Track, Moonlight Ridge Track, Precipitous Bluff Circuit, Adamson’s Falls, Adamson’s Track, Duckhole Lake Track, Mystery Creek Track. 

Tasman National Park (Forestier Peninsula)

Cape Surville Walking Track

MacGregor Peak Walking Track

MacGregor Peak to Cape Surville Walking Track

Deep Glen Bay Walking Track

High Yellow Bluff Walking Track

Yellow Bluff Conservation Area

 Campground closures 

 Huon campground, Edgar campground, Tedds Beach campground, Southport Lagoon campground, Esperance River campground and day use area. 


 Central Plateau Conservation Area 

 Olive Lagoon – Little River Track 

 O’Dell Lagoon / Lake Flora Track – 19 Lagoons 

 Lake Kay Road – 19 Lagoons

 Double Lagoon Road – 19 Lagoons 

 First Lagoon Walking Track – 19 Lagoons 

 Lake Augusta Road 

 Lake Ada – Christies Creek Track 

 Pillans Lake – Lake Field Track 

 Lake Augusta – Tin Hut Track

 Lake Fanny Track 

 Lake Antimony Track 

 Higgs track – closed past Lady Lake 

 Ritters Track 

 Explorer Creek Track 

 Blue Peaks Track 

 Remote walking routes east of the central Walls of Jerusalem area 

Clarence Lagoon 4WD vehicle track and campsite 

Douglas Aspley National Park

Apsley Gorge and Leeaberra Track remain closed

 Great Pine Tier, Central Plateau 

 Lake Fergus and Little Pine Lagoon 

 Remarkable Rock Conservation Area 

 Five Mile Pinnacles Conservation Area 

 Steppes Homestead State Reserve 

 Steppes Conservation Area 


Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park 

 Pine Valley - Labyrinth 

 Lake Petrach 

 Cuvier Valley 

 Mt Olympus 

 Gould Plateau 

 Franklin – Gordon Wild Rivers National Park

 Eldon Range 

 South West Conservation Area 

 Tracks in the Birches Inlet to Low Rocky Point section of the reserve 

 PWS tracks in the Zeehan, Rosebery and Heemskirk Area 

 Lake Sandra Track 

 Mount Dundas Track 

 Mount Farrell Summit Track 

 Lake Spicer 4WD Track 

 Lake Tyndall Track 

 Montezuma Falls Track 

 Lake Johnston Walking Track / Lake Johnston Access Road 

 Mt Zeehan Track

 Lake Cumberland Track 

 Mt Murchison Track 

 Climies Four wheel Drive Track (Trial Harbour-Granville Harbour) 

 Mountain Bike Trails Rosebery Area 

 Dundas Trail 

 Sterling Valley Track (Tullah to Rosebery) Mountain Bike Trail 

 Zeehan Heemskirk Loop Mountain Bike Trail 

 Road and vehicle track closures

 For the latest advice on road closures across the state please visit https://www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/