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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 2006

East Coast camping areas reopen


The East Coast camping areas at Lagoons Beach and Little Beach conservation areas have re-opened following easing of the fire threat in the northeast.

East Coast camping areas closed


The Parks and Wildlife Service has implemented a range of restrictions on the East Coast due to the ongoing fire situation in the north-east.

Discovery Ranger - a new name for an old friend


As Tasmanians turn their mind to a summer of outdoor fun, Discovery Rangers are ready to help them enjoy their parks and reserves.

Update on park, reserve or track closures


The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised that the bushfire threat in eastern Tasmania has resulted in the closure of some walking tracks and reserves.

Fire threat closes walking tracks


The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised that the fire threat in eastern Tasmania has resulted in the closure of some walking tracks and reserves.

Book now and get your holiday on track


Tasmanians planning to take one of the world's great walks along the Overland Track this summer have been urged to book as soon as possible. More than 3,000 people have already secured their place with the booking system, which is in its second season.

Members sought for parks advisory body


The Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking people wanting to become a member of the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council.

Stranded whales returned to the ocean


Three of the 27 long-finned pilot whales that were stranded on Ocean Beach near Strahan have been stabilised and successfully returned to the ocean.

Whale stranding at Ocean Beach


There has been a stranding of 27 pilot whales on Ocean Beach near Strahan.

November 2006

An opportunity to contribute to Tasmania's World Heritage Area


Tasmanians with a range of experience have the opportunity to help preserve one of the State's most valuable assets - the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA). The Australian and Tasmanian governments are seeking members for the Tasmanian...

Students learn the importance of our national parks


Derwent Valley students have learnt first hand the value of one of Tasmania's oldest national parks in an innovative environmental education program run by the Parks and Wildlife Service.

New guide highlights Tasmanian summer activities


A colourful and informative guide highlighting a range of summer activities offered by the Department of Tourism, Arts and the Environment was launched at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery today.

Comments sought on Overland Track plan


Comments are sought by the Parks and Wildlife Service on a plan that will guide the management of the Overland Track, Tasmania's premier long distance walking track.

Price increases for parks facilities


Adjustments to the prices of facilities in Tasmania's parks and reserves will support the sustainability of visitor sites and camping areas with fees going back into infrastructure and maintenance.

October 2006

Raspins Beach Campground Closure


The Parks and Wildlife Service is consulting with stakeholders regarding the future management options in the Raspins Beach Conservation Area at Orford following the closure of the campground.

Volunteer campground hosts wanted


The Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking expressions of interest from people wishing to act as volunteer campground hosts at Cockle Creek in the Southwest National Park and at Southport Lagoon for short periods in the coming summer.

Macquarie Island


Minister for Tourism, Arts and the Environment, Paula Wriedt, said work was well underway to address the problems facing Macquarie Island.

Lake Dobson Road now open


The Lake Dobson Road at Mt Field National Park, closed after a landslip late last month, reopened for traffic on Thursday, 26 October.

Comments sought on Pirates Bay Draft Site Plan


Future development of visitor facilities around Pirates Bay, on the Tasman Peninsula, will focus on three key areas - the Eaglehawk Neck historic site, the Blowhole and the Tasman Arch.

Freycinet walking tracks re-open


Walking tracks in Freycinet National Park and Douglas Apsley National Park re-opened today following the removal of the total fire ban and a lessening of bushfire weather conditions.

Extreme fire danger closes Freycinet National Park tracks


Extreme fire danger has caused the closure of all walking tracks in Tasmania's Freycinet National Park on the East Coast, including the popular route to Wineglass Bay.

Parks staff gear up for fire season


Parks and Wildlife Service staff are gearing up for an early start to the fire season with extra staff ready to respond and fire field days planned for this month.

Lake Dobson Road closure update


The Lake Dobson Road at the Mt Field National Park will remain closed for at least another week.

September 2006

Lake Dobson road closed by landslip


The Lake Dobson Road in Mt Field National Park will remain closed while an assessment of the road continues, following a landslip that damaged a 15 metre section of the road.

Historic hut damaged by fire


The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised that a hut at East Pillinger at Kelly Basin on Macquarie Harbour has been closed after it was badly damaged by fire on the weekend.

Access to Southport Lagoon


Construction of an alternative vehicle access to Southport Lagoon will begin soon as part of the implementation of the new plan of management for the Southport Lagoon Conservation Area.

Feasibility study into Tasman Peninsula bushwalk


The Premier announced yesterday the State Government would invest $100,000 in a feasibility study into a new iconic bushwalk on the Tasman Peninsula.

Education rangers wanted for Parks Summer Program


The award winning Parks and Wildlife Service Summer Program is now advertising for education rangers to conduct its 27th year of education ranger activities in national parks, reserves and other sites throughout the State.

Protection For Southport Lagoon


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

August 2006

Volunteer caretakers sought for Maatsuyker Island


The Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking self-sufficient volunteers able to withstand the buffeting of the Roaring Forties for a four month stint at Australia's southernmost lighthouse on Maatsuyker Island.

Aboriginal trainees graduate


The efforts of five Aboriginal trainee field officers with the Parks and Wildlife Service were celebrated in a community afternoon tea at Risdon Cove to mark the completion of their training course.

Mount Field and Freycinet Reach Historic Milestone


Tasmanians are being invited to help celebrate 90 years since Mount Field and Freycinet became the State's first national parks.

Arthur-Pieman improvements for visitors


Recent infrastructure improvements at Gardiner's Point in the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area will make it easier for visitors to enjoy the stunning vista while also protecting the area's natural and cultural values.

July 2006

Comments sought on Trevallyn plan


The value of the Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area in both nature conservation and as a recreational resource for the city of Launceston is recognised in a draft plan of management released for public comment by the Parks and Wildlife Service.

St Columba Falls track re-opens


The St Columba Falls State Reserve track near St Helens has reopened after the completion of extensive engineering work.

Walking tracks upgraded


Improvements totalling $1 million have been made to popular walking tracks in national parks and reserves around the State, improving the walker experience and minimising environmental impact.

June 2006

Book on-line now for the Overland Track


Bookings for the 2006-07 walking season on the Overland Track has opened as of 1 July and hikers can enhance their experience with a new, full-colour booklet.

Fingers crossed for a good season at Ben Lomond


With preparations complete for the 2006 ski season at Ben Lomond, the only thing missing is the snow.

May 2006

Fuel reduction burns in the North East


The Parks and Wildlife Service will undertake fuel reduction burns in the North East of the state this week.

Work delay on St Columba Falls track


The re-opening of the walking track in the St Columba Falls State Reserve has been delayed.

Lake Llewellyn Dam spillway upgrade


The Parks and Wildlife Service are calling for tenders for the upgrade of the spillway of the Lake Llewellyn Dam. The dam is located within Rocky Cape National Park, near the township of Sisters Beach.

Planned burn program resumes this week


The Parks and Wildlife Service will take advantage of favourable weather conditions to conduct a number of planned burns in the northwest and south of Tasmania this week.

Draft Site Plan released for Hartz Mountains National Park


A draft Site Plan has been released for comment for the Hartz Mountains National Park Visitor Services Site.

Narawntapu National Park Roadworks


Visitors are advised that roadworks at Narawntapu National Park will be undertaken during the next two weeks (May 15-28 approximately).

Overland Track 75th anniversary


Overland Track celebrates 75th anniversary and completion of first season of a new booking system.

April 2006

Planned burns for Freycinet and Douglas-Apsley national parks


The Parks and Wildlife Service plans to conduct fuel reduction burns in the Freycinet and Douglas-Apsley national parks from Monday (10 April).

Pencil Pine - Cradle Valley Visitor Services Zone


Parks and Wildlife has completed the over-arching Pencil Pine - Cradle Valley Visitor Services Zone Plan 2006 and this has now been approved. The plan establishes the major direction for the main visitor precincts: Dove Lake, Waldheim, Ronnie Creek.

Repairs begin on St Columba Falls walking track


Repair work has started on the popular walking track in the St Columba Falls State Reserve in Tasmania's north east.

March 2006

Cradle burn kicks off autumn burning program


The Northwest Region kicked off the autumn program of planned burns in parks and reserves around the State with a fuel reduction burn this week at Cradle Mountain.

Rock wall to protect Raspins Beach


Construction is under way on a rock wall to halt erosion at the popular Raspins Beach Conservation Area on the East Coast near Orford.

Mt Cameron fire update


Winds and rugged terrain are hampering efforts to control a large bushfire which has burnt out 1400 hectares in the far northeast of the State near the town of Gladstone.

February 2006

Dove Lake Road Closures (Cradle Mountain)


The Parks and Wildlife Service wish to advise there will be temporary road closures on the Dove Lake Road from Monday 27th February to Thursday 2nd March to enable maintenance works to be carried out.

Section of Lake Meston Track in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park closed


For walker safety, the Parks and Wildlife Service has closed a section of the Lake Meston track from the junction of the Walls track (near Trappers Hut) to Lake Adelaide during a wild dog eradication program.

Tasmanian Great Bushwalks Survey


Looking for a great overnight bushwalking experience? Complete our Tasmanian Great Bushwalks Survey!

No further rock to be removed from Coles Bay quarry


No further rock will be removed from a disused quarry site near Coles Bay for works within Freycinet National Park.

January 2006

Tasmanian company to install renewable energy at Maatsuyker Island


The State Government will spend $103,572 to reduce greenhouse emissions at Maatsuyker Island by installing renewable energy equipment.

Bushfires Update - tracks reopened


Walkers can now access tracks which were closed during the recent bushfires.

$1 million for Parks track work this summer


Walking tracks ranging from the remote Western Arthurs to Wellington Park in Hobart will be improved this summer in a program of works totalling $1 million.

Eastern Arthur Range walking tracks closed


A bushfire in Tasmania's South West National Park has temporarily closed walking tracks in the Eastern Arthur Range.

Bushfire Update


A number of fires were ignited in Tasmanian parks and reserves as a result of lightning strikes on 20 January.

Bushfire Advice to bushwalkers for the South West


A bushfire in Tasmania's South West National Park has temporarily closed walking tracks. The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised the temporary closure of walking tracks in the Eastern Arthur Range.

Reward for identification of vandals of Aboriginal rock carvings on North-West coast


Parks and Heritage Minister Judy Jackson has announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to the identification of the person or people responsible for the vandalism of Aboriginal rock engravings on the North West coast.

Developing more great bushwalks for Tasmania


The potential to develop more great bushwalking experiences within Tasmania's spectacular parks and reserves will be explored as part of a review of the State's bushwalks.

New Overland Track Map released


An aerial overview of the entire Overland Track is one of the highlights of a new publication for bushwalkers.

Friendly Beaches camping areas reopen following fire


Visitors and intending campers are advised that the Friendly Beaches camping areas have now reopened following a fire.

Vandalism of petroglyphs being investigated


A formal investigation is underway to find the person or people responsible for vandalism to petroglyphs of international significance.

Improvements await Freycinet visitors


Freycinet National Park, the State's oldest and first coastal national park, is set for the annual influx of summer visitors with recent infrastructure improvements totalling $1 million.

Mt Nelson Signal Station tender awarded


One of Hobart's popular tourist attractions, the Mt Nelson Signal Station, looks set for a bright future following the completion of a public tender process for operation of the restaurant and café at the historic site.

Go See Tasmania Bus highlights Summer Program


A promotional bus - tagged the Go See Tasmania bus - will visit all regions of the State providing information and encouraging locals to take holidays at home and to acquaint themselves with unfamiliar or not recently visited parts of Tasmania.