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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 2009

Discovery Program explores parks and reserves


The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage Michelle O'Byrne is encouraging Tasmanians to enjoy the State's parks and reserves during the summer holiday break through the Discovery Program.

Maria Island re-opens to visitors


The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is pleased to advise that Maria Island National Park is once again open to visitors as of today.

November 2009

Maria Island temporarily closed due to flood damage


The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has advised that Maria Island National Park is closed until Monday 7 December to enable assessment of significant flood damage to infrastructure.

Parks and police to target West Coast off-road drivers


Off-road drivers on remote West Coast beaches and tracks can expect close attention from authorities in the coming months.

Family fun day at Hastings Thermal Springs


Hastings Cave is throwing open the doors to the thermal springs pool for a family fun day on Saturday, 28 November.

October 2009

Planned fuel reduction burn in the southwest


The Parks and Wildlife Service and Forestry Tasmania are conducting a planned burn in the Southwest National Park and on lands managed by Forestry Tasmania today.

Volunteer Campground Hosts Sought for Cockle Creek


The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is seeking people with a passion for the beautiful Cockle Creek area in Tasmania's far south area to be volunteer campground hosts for several weeks during the coming summer.

Community consultation on Bay of Fires boundaries


Tasmanians are encouraged to comment on proposed boundaries to define the State's newest national park. In March 2009, the Premier announced the State Government's intention to establish the Bay of Fires National Park on Tasmania's north-east coast.

New Cradle Mountain day pass includes shuttle bus


A new Cradle Mountain Day Pass that includes use of the shuttle bus will be available for visitors to one of Tasmania's most visited national parks from 1st November 2009.

Park Fees Increase in Line with CPI


Fees for passes to Tasmanian national parks will rise from 1 November 2009.

September 2009

Innovative interpretation in 'A Bird in the Hand'


The comical call of the Tasmanian native hen and the evocative cry of the black currawong are some of the bird calls featured in a new Apple iPod/iPhone Application (app) officially launched today by the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS).

Free Open Day to Celebrate World Parks Day


The Parks and Wildlife Service is inviting Tasmanians and visitors to enjoy the State's many parks and reserves with free entry to national parks on World Parks Day, Saturday, 19 September.

Illegal wood cutting threatens reserves


The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is concerned that an increase in illegal wood cutting is threatening the values of conservation reserves in south-eastern Tasmania.

The Nut to be upgraded


One of Tasmania's iconic landmarks, the Nut at Stanley, will get a major upgrade.

Bright future for Gunns Plains Cave


Gunns Plains Cave lessees Geoff and Trish Deer are celebrating five years of operation and looking forward to a bright future.

August 2009

Safety restrictions for Coles Bay Jetty


Safety restrictions are to be put in place at the Coles Bay jetty by the end of August 2009.

July 2009

Partnership to help preserve mountain huts


Northern region volunteer group the Mountain Huts Preservation Society has just signed a five-year partnership agreement with the Parks and Wildlife Service.

Comments invited for Russell Falls draft site plan


The Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment on a new draft site plan that will guide the Russell Falls Visitor Service Zone over the next 10 years.

Coastal conservation boosted by major donation


Coastal conservation in Tasmania received a boost this week with a donation of $25,000 to the WILDCARE Tasmanian Coast Conservation Fund by award winning tourism operator Robert Pennicott of Bruny Island Charters and Tasman Island Cruises.

June 2009

West Point Road improvements


Access to a popular coastal recreational destination, the West Point State Reserve on Tasmania's West Coast, has been improved with the completion of roadworks by the Parks and Wildlife Service.

Strong commercial interest in proposed Three Capes Track


There has been an encouraging response to the recent Identification of Commercial Interest for the proposed Three Capes Track.

Maria Island access


The Parks and Wildlife Service wishes to advise that the Maria Island Ferry and Eco Cruises will not be operating its ferry service to Maria Island during the period 23rd June to 14 July, 2009.

Dogs on a mission


Five young springer spaniels belonging to New South Wales dog training contractor Steve Austin passed their interim assessment last week after being put through their paces by Macquarie Island Pest Eradication Project dog training coordinator John Cheyne.

Parks Free Open Day to Mark World Environment Day


Entry to Tasmania's national parks will be free this Saturday as part of celebrations for World Environment Day.

Comments sought on Ben Lomond Ski Slope Plan


The possibility of snow-making, terrain parks and slope grooming are discussed in a Draft Ski Slope Plan for Ben Lomond National Park released today by the Parks and Wildlife Service.

May 2009

Members Sought for Parks Advisory Body


The Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking people interested in becoming a member of the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council.

Autumn burning program shifts to the north-east


The Parks and Wildlife Service is conducting a cooperative fuel reduction burn in the State's north-east today, having completed 18 planned burns so far this autumn.

Action taken against coastal vegetation vandalism


The Minister for the Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts, Michelle O'Byrne today said action was being taken to deter vandalism being caused to coastal vegetation.

Calls for public consultation for track strategy


The Minister for Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts, Michelle O'Byrne, welcomed the Parks and Wildlife Service draft strategy for the Trevallyn and Kate Reed nature recreation areas and called for public comment on it.

April 2009

Cooperative fuel reduction burning underway


The Parks and Wildlife Service has begun a series of fuel reduction burns around the State to minimise the risk of severe bushfires.

Volunteers praised for convict site restoration


Volunteers from four continents have helped to collect bricks, remove weeds and lime-wash walls to prepare one of Tasmania's major convict sites for nomination to the World Heritage List.

See Maria Island's sea beds like never before


The wonders of Maria Island's marine reserve have been revealed for visitors with a new multi-media presentation on the island.

Discovery activities for park visitors at Easter


Tasmanians are urged to get out and explore Tasmania's parks and reserves by joining in a Discovery Ranger activity over the Easter holiday break.

New interpretation signs enhance Cape Tourville experience


Innovative interpretation signs at Cape Tourville in Freycinet National Park will give visitors an insight into the values and history of the park, including background about the French naval hero after whom the cape is named.

March 2009

Input sought on plan for King Island's Lavinia State Reserve


The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is seeking input from King Island residents on the future management options for the Lavinia State Reserve.

Last pilot whale guided out to sea


Whale rescuers today successfully returned the last live whale stranded on Naracoopa Beach to the water.

King Island whale stranding


Efforts by rescue crews and volunteers have saved 54 pilot whales and 5 dolphins stranded on Naracoopa Beach at King Island.

February 2009

New Wineglass Bay Track a step forward for Tasmanian tourism


The new loop track to the spectacular Wineglass Bay Lookout in Freycinet National Park is providing visitors with a world-class tourism experience.

New guide for Port Davey marine reserve


A new visitors' guide and map and notes is now available for the Port Davey Marine Reserve, one of Australia's most pristine and unusual estuaries.

Commercial interest sought for Three Capes Track


Commercial operators interested in providing commercial transport and guiding services are invited to comment on the proposed Three Capes Track.

January 2009

Celebrate World Wetlands Day


World Wetlands Day will be celebrated by the Parks and Wildlife Service in three locations across the State on Monday, February 2, 2009.

Campers urged to take care with campfires


The Parks and Wildlife Service is urging campers to take extreme care with campfires in areas where they are permitted during periods of high fire danger.

National parks and walking tracks re-opened


All national parks and walking tracks that were closed yesterday (Thursday) because of very high fire danger have now re-opened.

Access Restricted at Mt Field National Park Due to Fire Danger


The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised that access to part of Mt Field National Park will be restricted until further notice due to a bushfire four kilometres north-west of the park in the Broad River Valley.

Bushfire safety advice for bushwalkers


Safety advice that may help bushwalkers to survive should they be caught in a bushfire has been included in a revised version of the Parks and Wildlife Service's safety information booklet, 'Before You Walk', the Ac

Penguin kills continue at West Ulverstone


An investigation by the Parks and Wildlife Service into penguin deaths on West Ulverstone beaches has widened with more than one dog now thought to be responsible.

Fire Danger Closes Park Walking Tracks


The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised that walking tracks at Freycinet, Maria Island and Douglas-Apsley national parks will be closed tomorrow (22 January) due to the very high fire danger.

Summary of consultation for Trevallyn and Kate Reed track strategies


The Parks and Wildlife Service has released a survey showing that mountain bikers and dog walkers make up more than 70 per cent of people who use the Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area.

Cockle Creek campground hosts a big hit with visitors


Volunteers are proving a big hit with visitors to the Cockle Creek campground host program with the reserve experiencing one of its busiest seasons.