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Seasonal campfire restrictions commence in national parks and reserves


Restrictions on campfires, pot fires and other solid fuel stoves will come in to place from Saturday 28th September at identified Parks and Wildlife Service campgrounds around the State to help reduce the risk of bushfires.More

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

News Archive

December 2004

Wild Times in National Parks


The award-winning Summer Program is now in full swing, with a diverse range of exciting activities being held around the State.

Summer rangers ready to promote Tasmania's unique attractions


Twenty Parks and Wildlife summer rangers are ready to promote Tasmania's unique wildlife and history as part of the Parks and Wildlife Service's Summer Ranger program.

More EPIRBs and More Locations to Hire Them


The State Government has increased the availability of Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) by purchasing an additional 25 EPIRBs and making them available at more places throughout the state.

Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Plan Limited Review


A limited, mid-term review of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan 1999 is currently underway.

Whale Strandings Update


The carcasses of whales which died following recent strandings at Maria Island are to be removed to a remote location for assessment and autopsies before being towed out to sea and dumped.

November 2004

Freycinet Peninsula walking tracks now open


All walking tracks on the Freycinet Peninsula are now open after a fire had burnt parts of the peninsula.

Two Whale Strandings


Two whale rescue operations have been mounted within a day of each other in Tasmanian waters - one on King Island, where over 150 pilot whales and dolphins were discovered stranded on November 28, and on Maria Island where 53 long-fin pilot whales were...

Freycinet Peninsula walking tracks closed due to fire


A fire on the Freycinet Peninsula has resulted in the closure of Hazards Beach, the Isthmus and all other Peninsula Tracks. The Wineglass Bay Lookout Track and beach walk remains open.

October 2004

Hastings Thermal Springs Pool re-opens after upgrade


The Hastings Thermal Springs Pool is open again following a recent upgrade.

Disease Affecting Tasmanian Devils


Disease affecting Tasmanian Devils.

Foxes in Tasmania


Fox sightings in Tasmania of grave concern.

The Great Australian Bushwalk


The Great Australian Bushwalk takes place on Sunday 24 October 2004 and offers an exciting range of walks around the State in the company of experienced and knowledgeable guides

Gunns Plains Cave re-opens


Minister for Tourism, Parks and Heritage Ken Bacon said today that the Gunns Plains Cave in the northwest of the State had re-opened following the completion of a program of infrastructure improvements by the Parks and Wildlife Service.

Get walking in Tasmania's parks


Three guided walks are to be held as part of get walking Tasmania week. Walks will be held at Narawntapu National Park on Thursday, October 7, Tamar Island Wetland Centre on Tuesday October 5 and Mt Wellington, the Springs Circuit on Monday, October 4.

September 2004

Information on Tasmania's buttongrass moorlands now online


The distinctive buttongrass moorlands so common in western Tasmania provide a rich habitat for a diversity of species, while the coastal plant communities of the State comprise species well adapted to the harsh conditions.

State of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Report Released


The first State of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Report has been released. Publication of this ground-breaking report marks a significant step in making management of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area more open, informed, and...

All walking tracks at Tasman National Park now open


All walking tracks at Tasman National Park which had previously been closed due to fire damage are now open to the public.

Upgrade for Thermal Springs Pool at Hastings


Hastings Thermal Springs Pool will be closed for an upgrade from 9th September until the 8th October 2004. The Visitor Centre at Hastings and the cave tours will still be operating.

August 2004

Cape Hauy Walking Track now open, others remain closed


The walking track from Fortescue Bay to Cape Hauy has been reopned to the public. However, the Cape Pillar and Mt Fortescue tracks remain closed due to fire damage.

Threatened Species Day


National Threatened Species Day is on 7th September (the date the last thylacine died in captivity at Beaumaris zoo). A host of activities are running state-wide involving many...

Outwit, Outplay, Outfox


A Fox Education and Resource Kit has been added to the Education Section of the Parks and Wildlife Service web site.

Parks Entry Fee Rises to be put back into Parks Upkeep


National park entry fees will rise from 1 November this year, with the revenue to be put straight back into looking after Tasmania's world-class parks and reserve.

July 2004

New Shipwreck Profiles now online


Information on the shipwreck of the Alert, the encampment of the survivors of the Sydney Cove shipwreck, and a new, interactive profile of the wreck site of the Tasman are now available online.

June 2004

Parks visitors warned about bogus infringement notices


The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised visitors to national parks to be aware of a person allegedly impersonating a Parks and Wildlife ranger and extracting payment for an alleged infringement of park regulations.

Macquarie Harbour Whale Stranding Update


A large sperm whale stranded in Macquarie Harbour has been successfully shepherded into deeper water.

Weekend thefts threaten popular budget huts at Mt Field


PWS Senior Ranger Mark Pharaoh said today that the theft of wood heaters from the popular "Government Huts" at Mt Field over the weekend has forced their closure.

Macquarie Harbour Whale Stranding


Efforts are underway to rescue a large sperm whale stranded in Macquarie Harbour.

Plastic tops the rubbish list on Macquarie Island clean-up


A recent clean-up of a small section of Macqaurie Island's coastline has yielded an astonishing quantity and variety of marine debris.

May 2004

Mole Creek hosts national cave gathering


Cave managers, guides and cave experts from around Australia have gathered at Mole Creek for cave management and tourism related workshops and meetings, Tourism, Parks and Heritage Minister Ken Bacon said today.

Improved Management for Overland Track


The Parks and Wildlife Service will develop and implement a plan to strategically guide the future management, presentation and marketing of the Overland Track, the Minister for Tourism, Parks and Heritage, Ken Bacon said today.

Parks Fees Fund a Wide Range of Park Facilities


Your national park entry fees play a major role in funding the many facilities and services provided within Tasmania's parks and reserves.

Cradle Mountain Spring Bus Timetable


Cradle Mountain's popular shuttle service will continue to operate throughout the park on weekends during winter.

April 2004

New Amendments to the Tasmanian Trail Guidebook


The Tasmanian Trail is the State's premier long distance all-purpose trail. The latest amendments to the Tasmanian Trail Guidebook are available online.

A New Web Site for the Parks and Wildlife Service


The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service launched a new web site on 28 April 2004. Take a good look around the site and you will discover a wealth of information.