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Sustainable Timber Tasmania and Parks and Wildlife Service announce road opening

21/05/2019

Florentine Road and Arve Road (to the Hartz Mountain junction) are officially reopened to the public.More

Easter safety is paramount for our parks and reserves

18/04/2019

The Parks and Wildlife Service encourages visitors and Tasmanians alike to get outdoors and get active - especially in our parks and reserves.More

Good news, Hartz Mountain National Park and other tracks are open!

17/04/2019

In time for Easter walking, PWS have been able to re-open a number of tracks.More

News Archive

May 2019

Sustainable Timber Tasmania and Parks and Wildlife Service announce road opening

21/05/2019

Florentine Road and Arve Road (to the Hartz Mountain junction) are officially reopened to the public.

April 2019

Easter safety is paramount for our parks and reserves

18/04/2019

The Parks and Wildlife Service encourages visitors and Tasmanians alike to get outdoors and get active - especially in our parks and reserves.

Good news, Hartz Mountain National Park and other tracks are open!

17/04/2019

In time for Easter walking, PWS have been able to re-open a number of tracks.

March 2019

New Mt Mawson Shelter officially opened ahead of ski season

29/03/2019

The new Mt Mawson Public Shelter was today officially opened and will provide a new level of amenity for southern Tasmania's only ski field, as well as upgraded facilities for bushwalkers heading to the iconic Tarn Shelf walk in Mt Field National Park.

Second round of consultation begins on the future of Freycinet Peninsula

13/03/2019

Tasmania's unrivalled natural environment is a key driver in our nation-leading visitor economy and the Freycinet Peninsula is one of our most popular tourism destinations.

Sustainable Timber Tasmania and Parks and Wildlife Service issue safety message

08/03/2019

Over the coming weeks, a number of roads inside of fire impacted areas will reopen.

February 2019

PWS Fire Update - Friday 22 February 2019

22/02/2019

To date, the fire area has affected around 94,000 ha (about 6%) of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) and approximately 42,476 ha (about 3.4%) of other reserves managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service.

PWS - Fires update and impacts

20/02/2019

Background: A number of fires were ignited by dry lightning that crossed the state in late December 2018 and mid-January 2019. The storms of 15 January 2019 resulted in approximately 2,400 lightning strikes and caused over 60 new ignitions.

PWS Fire Update - Friday 15 February 2019

15/02/2019

Parks and Wildlife Tasmania (PWS) can advise the following locations, reserves and tracks have been re-opened today (Friday 15 February).

PWS Fire Update - Thursday 14 February 2019

14/02/2019

Parks and Wildlife Tasmania (PWS) can advise the following locations, reserves and tracks have been re-opened.

PWS Fire Update - Monday 11 February 2019

11/02/2019

As a result of the emergency service suppression efforts and calmer weather conditions over recent days, PWS can advise the following changes to track openings and closures.

PWS Fire Update - Sunday 10 February 2019

10/02/2019

As a result of the emergency service suppression efforts and calmer weather conditions over recent days, PWS can advise the following changes to track openings and closures.

South Coast Track re-opens

09/02/2019

The South Coast track, in the Southwest National Park, along with several other tracks, reserves and campgrounds across Tasmania have re-opened today Saturday 9 February.

Facilities and walking tracks at Remarkable Cave to be upgraded

09/02/2019

Tenders open today for civil works at Remarkable Cave and walking track upgrades on the Remarkable Cave - Crescent Bay - Mt Brown Walking Track.

PWS Fire Update - Friday 8 February 2019

08/02/2019

As a result of the emergency service suppression efforts and calmer weather conditions over recent days, PWS can advise the following changes to track openings and closures.

PWS Fire Update - Thursday 7 February 2019

07/02/2019

As a result of the emergency service suppression efforts and calmer weather conditions over recent days, PWS can advise the following changes to track openings and closures.

PWS Fire Update - Wednesday 6 February 2019

06/02/2019

As a result of the emergency service suppression efforts and calmer weather conditions over recent days, PWS can advise the following changes to track openings and closures.

PWS Fire Update - Tuesday 5 February 2019

05/02/2019

As a result of the emergency service suppression efforts and the calmer conditions, the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has been able to assess and re-open some National Parks and other areas.

PWS Fire Update - Monday 4 February 2019

04/02/2019

As a result of the emergency service suppression efforts and the calmer conditions, the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has been able to assess and re-open some National Parks and other areas.

PWS Fire Update - Sunday 3 February 2019

03/02/2019

At this time, there are no new Parks openings or closures to report. However, in current conditions, this could change and people are asked to keep up to date by checking the PWS tracks and closures page: www.parks.tas.gov.au/closures

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

02/02/2019

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.

PWS Fire Update - Saturday 2 February 2019

02/02/2019

With a Day of Total Fire Ban declared for tomorrow, (Sunday 3 February) safety remains our priority.

Latest track and reserve openings and closures update

01/02/2019

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

January 2019

Latest track and reserve openings and closures update

31/01/2019

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

Latest track and reserve openings and closures update

31/01/2019

Thursday 31 January 2019 - 5pm

PWS Fire Update - Thursday 31 January 2019

31/01/2019

The majority of Tasmania's national parks remain open for business.

Of the 19 national parks in Tasmania, most remain open and are well serviced with high visitation.

Latest track closures update

30/01/2019

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

Additional site closures announced by PWS - Tuesday 29 January, 12:30pm

29/01/2019

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

Latest track closures update - Tuesday 29 January 4.30pm

29/01/2019

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

Additional track/park closure update Tuesday 29 January - 6:30pm

29/01/2019

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

Reminder that PWS campfire restrictions are still in place - Mon 28 January 2019

28/01/2019

While the Total Fire Ban (TFB) ended at 2am this morning, 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.

Additional track closures due to increased fire threat - Monday 28 Jan, 6pm

28/01/2019

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

Mt Field National Park Visitor Centre and short walks open

27/01/2019

PWS advises that the Mt Field National Park Visitor Centre and short walks will re-open at 9am today (Sunday 27 January 2019).

Mt Rufus Circuit now open

27/01/2019

PWS advises that the Mt Rufus Circuit including Shadow Lake Track in the Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park is now open to public access.

Hastings Caves and several walking tracks closed - Sun 27 Jan 2019, 7pm

27/01/2019

For public safety PWS advise the following sites have now been closed until further notice due to the threat of fire.

Track closure update - Sat 26 Jan 2019, 9am

26/01/2019

PWS staff have completed assessment of each site previously closed yesterday (Friday 25 Jan) due to the high fire risk.

Additional track closures for the northern region - Saturday 26 January - 4pm

26/01/2019

As PWS staff continue to monitor the fire situation, some additional tracks have now been closed in the Central Plateau Conservation Area and Walls of Jerusalem National Park until further notice.

Additional track closures announced by PWS in the Rosebery area

25/01/2019

PWS advise the following tracks have now been closed until further notice due to the high fire risk around the Rosebery fire.

Additional track closures announced by PWS - 1:25pm 25 Jan 2019

25/01/2019

For public safety PWS advise the following tracks have now been closed until further notice due to the threat of fire.

Closed sites to be reassessed tomorrow morning

25/01/2019

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) advises that the sites closed today due to high temperatures and wind gusts will remain closed tonight.

Mt Field NP, Hastings Cave & Pool and Wellington Park closed - Friday 25 Jan

24/01/2019

As a result of the total fire ban and current fire weather forecast for strong winds, the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) advises that Mt Field National Park and Hastings Caves and Thermal Pool will be closed on Friday 25 January 2019.

Further track and area closures announced for Friday 25 Jan 2019

24/01/2019

PWS advises that further track and campground closures have been triggered under the Fire Danger Index due to the weather forecast of high temperatures and wind gusts for tomorrow Friday 25 January 2019.

PWS Campfire restrictions extended statewide

23/01/2019

PWS has extended the current campfire restrictions state-wide in national parks and reserves until further notice.

Hartz Peak Track Closed

21/01/2019

PWS advises that the Hartz Peak Track in Hartz Mountains National Park has been closed until further notice due to increased fire risk.

PWS Fire update

20/01/2019

There are many fires currently burning in national parks and reserves in Tasmania, including the Southwest National Park and Southwest Conservation Area.

Aircraft Activity at Lake Pedder

19/01/2019

There will be aircraft using Lake Pedder to access water for firefighting purposes.

PWS Public Safety Update

18/01/2019

As assessment of the fire situation continues, access to some parks and reserve areas are being managed for public safety.

PWS Update - Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park

18/01/2019

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is responding to a fire west of the Labyrinth in the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park that was identified late this afternoon.

PWS Public Safety Alert

16/01/2019

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.

Gell River Fire update 14 January 2019 4.00 pm

15/01/2019

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.

Gell River Fire update 12 January 2019 11.30 am

12/01/2019

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.

Gell River Fire update 10 January 2019 9.00am

11/01/2019

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

Gell River Fire update 8 January 2019 9.00am

08/01/2019

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

Gell River Fire 7 January 2019 9.00am

07/01/2019

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.

Mount Field National Park reopened

06/01/2019

Update - Mount Field National Park has reopened following a full assessment of conditions.

Gell River Fire update 6 January 2019 9.00am

06/01/2019

A fire is burning within the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Parks, to the north and east of Lake Rhona. The fire was ignited by a lightning storm that crossed the state on the evening of 27 December 2018.

Gell River Fire Update

04/01/2019

A fire is burning within the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Parks, to the north and east of Lake Rhona. The fire was ignited by a lightning storm that crossed the state on the evening of 27 December 2018.

Closure of Mt Field National Park

04/01/2019

Mt Field National Park has been closed until further notice due to a fire at Gell River in the Southwest.

Update on track, national parks and reserve closures

04/01/2019

The walking tracks in the following areas will re-open tomorrow (Saturday 5 January 2019) following the easing of fire conditions around the State this afternoon.

Walking tracks closed due to bushfire risk

03/01/2019

A total fire ban for Southern and Northern Regional municipalities (with the exception of Flinders) tomorrow, Friday 4 January 2019, has prompted the closure of several popular bushwalking tracks in Tasmania.