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Fly Neighbourly Advice for the Tasman National Park


Public comment is invited on the draft Tasman National Park Fly Neighbourly Advice. The draft Fly Neighbourly Advice has been prepared by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service in response to increasing air traffic over the Tasman National Park.More

Hybrid diesel-electric shuttle buses at Cradle Mountain - a first for National p


When you next visit Cradle Mountain you will be able to step aboard one of the new hybrid, diesel-electric, shuttle buses on your trip to Dove Lake. These new buses will reduce emissions and deliver a quieter, all mobility friendly, visitor experience.More

AFAC Independent Operational Review of the 2018-19 bushfires


Following the 2018-19 bushfires the Tasmanian Government commissioned an independent report by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Council to review the overall response and identify areas where more can be done to improve the State's response andMore

Latest track and reserve openings and closures update - Saturday 2 February 2019


Access to some national parks and reserve areas is being managed for public safety by PWS due to the current fire situation. This update provides any changes today to openings or closures, PWS key messages, and lists the ongoing closures for tracks in parks and reserves in the three regions of the State.



Mt Field National Park – remains closed (PWS will re-evaluate closure on Monday 4 February)

Southwest National Park – South Coast Track remains closed to new walkers (PWS will re-evaluate closure on Monday 4 February)

Hastings Cave – remains closed (PWS will 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 Sunday. These measures are to reduce the number of walkers on the track should conditions worsen and enable PWS resources to be applied to existing priorities. 




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

Campfire restrictions are still in place across all national parks, reserves and Crown Land state-wide until further notice. This includes all campfires, fire pots and other enclosed devices that burn wood, charcoal or solid fuel.

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, listen to ABC local radio, and monitor the following websites:




Gordon River Road – All walking tracks off the road are closed until further notice (Gordon River Road is currently closed west of Maydena), including: The Spires, Lake Curly, Denison Traverse, Mt Wedge, Timbs Track, The Needles, Mt Anne Circuit, Port Davey Track, Western Arthurs, Eastern Arthurs, Mt Sprent, Frankland Range, and Mount Mueller

Florentine Valley Road – All walking tracks off the road are closed until further notice (Florentine Valley Road is currently closed), including: Adamsfield, Lake Rhona, Vale of Rasselas, Wylds Craig, Twisted Sisters, Wherretts Lookout, Niggly Cave, and Growling Swallet

Styx Road – All walking tracks off the road are closed (Styx Road is currently closed), including: Snowy North, Tolkien Track, Chapel Tree, Styx Big Tree/River Walk, Jubilee Road, Jubilee Range, and Mt Styx

Junee Cave State Reserve – is closed

Marriott Falls State Reserve – is closed

Remote area walking tracks west and south of Huonville – are closed, including: Nevada Peak, Lake Skinner, Mt Weld, Federation Peak (Farmhouse Creek and Huon), Mt Picton, Adamson’s Peak, Adamson’s Falls to Duckhole Lake, Moonlight Ridge Track (Precipitous Bluff), Mystery Creek, and Exit Cave 

Hartz Mountain National Park – all walking tracks (including Kermandie Falls) and access roads in the area are closed

Southport Lagoon Conservation Area – Southport Lagoon Track is closed

Russell Ridge Conservation Area – Billy Brown Falls Track is closed

Snug Tiers Nature Recreation Area – all walking tracks are closed, including: Umfrevilles Track, Snug Tiers, Snug Falls Track, and  Pelverata Falls Track

Echo Sugarloaf State Reserve - Echo Sugarloaf Track is closed 

Tasman National Park – all walking tracks on Forestier Peninsula are closed, including: Cape Surville Walking Track, MacGregor Peak Walking Track, MacGregor Peak to Cape Surville Walking Track, Deep Glen Bay Walking Track, and High Yellow Bluff Walking Track

Yellow Bluff Conservation Area – is closed

Campgrounds – Huon campground, Edgar campground, Teds Beach campground, Southport Lagoon campground, Esperance River campground and day use area are closed 


Central Plateau Conservation Area – the following walking tracks are closed: Olive Lagoon–Little River, Lake Augusta Road, Lake Augusta–Tin Hut, 19 Lagoons (O’Dell Lagoon / Lake Flora, Lake Kay Road, Double Lagoon Road, First Lagoon), Lake Ada–Christies Creek, Pillans Lake–Lake Field, Lake Fanny, Lake Antimony, Lake Fergus, Higgs (closed past Lady Lake), Ritters Track, Explorer Creek Track, Blue Peaks Track, and all remote walking routes east of the central Walls of Jerusalem area

In addition, the Clarence Lagoon 4WD vehicle track and campsite are closed

Remarkable Rock Conservation Area – the reserve is closed

Five Mile Pinnacles Conservation Area – the reserve is closed 

Little Pine Lagoon Conservation Area – the reserve is closed

Top Marshes Conservation Area – the reserve is closed

Steppes Homestead State Reserve – the reserve is closed 

Douglas Aspley National Park – the Apsley Gorge and Leeaberra Track remain closed


Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park – the following tracks are closed: Pine Valley–Labyrinth, Lake Petrach, Cuvier Valley, Mt Olympus, and Gould Plateau 

Franklin – Gordon Wild Rivers National Park – the Eldon Range is closed

South West Conservation Area – all tracks in the Birches Inlet to Low Rocky Point section of the reserve are closed

PWS tracks in the Zeehan, Rosebery and Heemskirk Area – the following tracks are closed: Lake Sandra, Mount Dundas, Mount Farrell Summit, Lake Spicer (4WD Track), Lake Tyndall, Montezuma Falls, Lake Johnston, (including access road), Mt Zeehan, Lake Cumberland, Mt Murchison, and Climies (4WD Trial Harbour-Granville Harbour)

Mountain Bike Trails Rosebery Area – the following trails are closed: Dundas, Sterling Valley (Tullah to Rosebery), and Zeehan Heemskirk Loop