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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 2005

Wild Times in National Parks - the Summer Ranger Program


Over the summer, the Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting its outstanding and award-winning Summer Ranger Program.

Mammoth effort to rescue Narawntapu whales


The PWS played a lead role in the attempted rescue of four sperm whales at Bakers Beach on Tuesday.

Wild and Wonderful


Tasmania's wild and wonderful assets are being showcased in an upbeat program to entice locals and visitors to get out and about this summer.

Mystery Creek Cave warning


Cavers are warned not to enter Mystery Creek Cave in Southern Tasmania until further notice for safety reasons.

November 2005

Aboriginal Trainees Survey Heritage Sites


The rich Aboriginal heritage of the Arthur Pieman Conservation Area has been a training ground for Parks and Wildlife Service Aboriginal field officer trainees this week.

Fuel Reduction Burns at Arthur River


The Parks and Wildlife Service will undertake fuel reduction burns in the Arthur River area of the Arthur Pieman Conservation Area today as part of its fire management strategy.

Further improvements for Low Head Pilot Station


The conservation and tourism potential of the historic Low Head Pilot Station will be further improved with a combined funding package from the Australian and Tasmanian Governments and the George Town Council.

Trainee becomes the trainer


The success of the Parks and Wildlife Service trainee program will be demonstrated over the next two days at the Mole Creek Karst National Park, with a former trainee providing a cave tour to 12 trainees as part of their training.

St Columba Falls Track closed temporarily


St Columba Falls Track temporarily closed.

Maria Island Tourism Opportunities


The Parks and Wildlife Service has selected the Maria Island Company as the successful respondent to an expression of interest to undertake a range of commercial opportunities at Maria Island National Park.

A new era for the Overland Track


One of the world's great bushwalks, the Overland Track in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, enters a new era this week as the first walkers to have pre-booked their walk head south from Cradle Mountain.

October 2005

Fuel reduction burns planned for Bruny Island


The Parks and Wildlife Service will undertake fuel reduction burns on Bruny Island this week as part of its fire management strategy.

Caretakers Wanted For Fortescue Bay


Parks and Wildlife seeking tenders for caretaker services at Fortescue Bay.

Development of Draft Pirates Bay Visitor Services Zone Site Plan


Public input into Draft Pirates Bay Site Plan sought.

Update on storm damage in northern parks facilities


King Solomons and Marakoopa caves re-opened, powered sites at Campground 1 in Narawntapu National Park remain closed and St Columba Falls walking track closed.

Whale Strandings Clean Up Begins


The clean-up after mass strandings of whales at Marion Bay will continue tomorrow.

Marion Narrows Whale Stranding


Whale stranding at Marion Narrows.

September 2005

Senior Citizens Week Tour - Wonders of the Wetlands


Join a Parks and Wildlife Ranger on a tour through the Tamar Wetland system. The walk will be along an extensive system of raised boardwalks that allow intimate viewing experiences of the wildlife that inhabit this unique habitat.

Fuel reduction burns for Derwent Bridge area


The Parks and Wildlife Service in conjunction with Forestry Tasmania will undertake fuel reduction burns in the Derwent Bridge area tomorrow as part of its fire management strategy.

Gunns Plains Cave re-opens


The Gunns Plains Cave in the north west of the State has re-opened following the completion of stabilisation works in the cave.

Fire fighters wanted


The Parks and Wildlife Service is currently recruiting up to 25 seasonal fire fighters as it prepares for the coming bushfire season.

August 2005

Promoting a better understanding of Aboriginal heritage


Developing a better understanding of Aboriginal history and culture is the aim of an Aboriginal Cultural Heritage training course being held this week for Parks and Wildlife Service staff.

Call for Maatsuyker Island volunteers


Caretakers and weather observers are being sought for the Parks and Wildlife Service Maatsuyker Island volunteer register.

Tasmanian company selected for Pumphouse Point


A Tasmanian company experienced in providing quality ecotourism facilities has been selected to develop a proposal for tourism services at Pumphouse Point within the Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair National Park.

Tamar Island Wetlands Centre celebrates National Science Week


Australia's National Science Week will be celebrated with an Open Day and several activities at the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre on Saturday, 20 August.

Widespread snow dusts icing over parks


Tasmania's big snow dump has created a true winter wonderland in some of the State's national parks.

Cradle Cafe New Operator


The Cradle Mountain café is set to re-open in October following an expression of interest process seeking an operator by the Parks and Wildlife Service in late May.

Maria Island Jetty Upgrade


Work has begun on reconstruction of the Darlington jetty at Maria Island National Park.

July 2005

Southport Lagoon Draft Management Plan


The significant natural and cultural values of the Southport Lagoon Conservation Area will be better protected under new recreational vehicle management arrangements prescribed in a draft management plan.

Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Plan Limited Review Update


It had been the PWS's intent to review the issues and develop a table of changes to the 1999 management plan and release this for public comment mid 2005. This timetable has been delayed due to other work commitments and we are now working to release...

Major Improvements to Tasmania's most popular park


Visitor facilities at Tasmania's most popular national park, Freycinet, are set for a major improvement with construction of a new car park for the Wineglass Bay track.

'A Walk in the Park' showcases Tasmania's parks


Tasmania's stunning national parks have been featured in a new audiovisual package produced by a local production company, Sound Connexions Multimedia Pty Ltd.

Book Your Overland Track walk online


People intending to walk the Overland Track during the peak walking season of November to April can now book their walk online.

New caretakers sought for Fortescue Bay


The Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking new caretakers at the popular Fortescue Bay campground in the Tasman National Park.

Infrastructure Upgrades for the Arthur Pieman


Significant upgrades of infrastructure will be made for popular visitor facilities at the Arthur Pieman Conservation Area reserve in the State's North West.

Trainees sought for around the State


The Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking 13 trainees with an interest in gaining qualifications and experience in a range of roles that include visitor reception, field work and administration.

June 2005

Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) Consultative Committee


The Tasmanian and the Australian Governments are calling for people with experience and skills in a range of areas who are interested in becoming a member of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) Consultative Committee.

Bay of Fires Toilets


A major infrastructure upgrade is under way in popular reserves in the northeast of the State including toilet facilities at four locations in the Bay of Fires Conservation Area and the Waterhouse Conservation Area and at North East River on Flinders...

Lease ensures bright future for Entally House


A bright future for one of Tasmania's most historic properties, Entally House, has been assured following the signing of a lease between the State Government and Gunns Ltd.

Replacement of Three Thumbs facilities discussed


The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS), Glamorgan Spring Bay Council and community representatives this week met to discuss the replacement of facilities at the Three Thumbs State Reserve near Orford.

Revamped Lighting Provides Illuminating Experience At King Solomons Caves


One of Tasmania's oldest tourist caves, King Solomons Cave in the Mole Creek Karst National Park, has re-opened, complete with upgraded lighting technology providing a fantastic new visitor experience.

Opportunity for involvement in parks advisory council


The Parks and Wildlife Service is calling for people with experience, skills and knowledge in natural resource management who are interested in becoming a member of the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council.

'3 Thumbs' facilities to be rebuilt


The Parks and Wildlife Service has apologised for its failure to consult fully with the community before removing facilities at 3 Thumbs Reserve earlier this week. Steps to rebuild a replacement facility will be taken in consultation with the local...

May 2005

Tasmania's Wildlife takes centre stage


Tasmania's magnificent natural environment has been identified as the State's greatest wildlife tourism asset in the Tasmanian Wildlife Tourism Strategy 2005.

Protecting the historic Female Factory


The construction of temporary bracing on a sandstone wall will help to protect Hobart’s nationally significant Female Factory Historic Site in South Hobart.

Commercial opportunity at Cradle Mountain


The Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking expressions of interest for the operation of a café located on Crown Land at the former airstrip at Cradle Mountain.

Gunns Plains Cave temporarily closed


Gunns Plains Cave has been temporarily closed for safety reasons.

Fuel reduction burns planned for Zeehan and Tullah


The Parks and Wildlife Service will undertake fuel reduction burns in the Zeehan and Tullah areas on Wednesday and Thursday as part of its fire management strategy.

Devils Move to Island Home


An historic step was taken to protect the Tasmanian Devil from the ravages of Devil Facial Tumor Disease today as nine female devils were moved to a purpose built quarantine compound at Maria Island.

Tamar Island Wetlands Centre volunteers recognised


The Parks and Wildlife Service has recognised the enormous contribution made by the volunteers who have operated the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre since its opening five years ago.

Fuel reduction burning continues on the West Coast


The Parks and Wildlife Service is advising people on the West Coast that a number of fuel reduction burns are planned for early next week and that some areas may be affected by smoke.

April 2005

Marakoopa Cave Closed 18 May 2005


Marakoopa Cave will be closed on Wednesday, 18th May 2005. Closure will be for one day only.

Overland Track fee will ensure sustainable management


The Minister for Parks and Heritage Judy Jackson said today a new peak season facility fee for walkers on the Overland Track is about ensuring the sustainable management of Tasmania's key natural assets.

Storm damage to Moses Creek track


Walkers intending to use the Moses Creek Track in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park are advised that storm damage has made the track nearly impassible.

60 Great Short Walks now online!


The 60 Great Short Walks offer the best of Tasmania's walking opportunities. Whether you want a gentle stroll or a physical challenge; a seaside ramble or a mountain vista; a long day's outing or a short wander, Great Short Walks has plenty for you.

Maria Island National Park Darlington Site Plan now online


The Maria Island National Park Darlington Site Plan is available for download from our publications section.

WildCare Tasmania Nature Writing Prize - And the Winner is...


The winner of the international WildCare Tasmania Nature Writing Prize has been announced.

March 2005

Parks for all people - Access for the mobility impaired


A series of new web pages are now available online which identify and describe a selected range of national parks and reserves around Tasmania that offer the best, and most accessible, facilities and recreational opportunities for people who are...

PWS rangers go back to school


Tasmania's summer rangers are continuing to work until the end of Easter in Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair, Freycinet and Mt Field national parks and have also adapted their educational and fun activities to the classroom.

Launch of Highfield Historic Site education program


History will come alive for Tasmania students visiting Highfield Historic Site at Stanley, with the launch of a new education program, Treasures from the Past.

New jetty at Lake St Clair


Facilities in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park have received another boost with the opening this week of a new $115,000 public jetty at Echo Point on picturesque Lake St Clair.

February 2005

Shedding new light on the underground experience


King Solomons Cave at Mole Creek Karst National Park is closed temporarily for the upgrading of visitor facilities and cave conservation works.

Alpine environment to benefit from new Kitchen Hut toilet


A new toilet has been built near historic Kitchen Hut on the Overland Track. It will make the walk more comfortable for walkers and help protect the sensitive alpine environment.

IMPORTANT NOTICE - Advice to bushwalkers for the South West


The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised the temporary closure of the major walking track system in the South West National Park until further notice due to the outbreak of fires.

Waterhouse Conservation Area now reopen after fire


The Waterhouse Conservation Area has reopened to visitors after being closed last week due to fire.

Update on Southwest fires


The South Coast track in South West National Park has re-opened after a bushfire in the area last week.

January 2005

Improvements at Lake St Clair


Tourism infrastructure at Lake St Clair has received a boost with the recent completion of a new footbridge at Watersmeet.

Guide to Port Davey - Bathurst Harbour now online


A detailed resource on the marine protected area at Port Davey - Bathurst Harbour is now online.

Waterhouse Conservation Area Closed for Fire Fighting


The Waterhouse Conservation Area is closed to visitors due to fire.

WildCare Tasmania Nature Writing Prize


Entries to the international WildCare Tasmania Nature Writing Prize have now closed.