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Seasonal campfire restrictions commence in national parks and reserves

25/09/2019

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

24/08/2019

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

19/08/2019

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

Waldheim Chalet Centenary

14/12/2012

The Waldheim Chalet at Cradle Mountain is celebrating its centenary.


The chalet has become a tourism icon since Gustav Weindorfer opened it to the community at Christmas time, 1912.


The Environment, Parks and Heritage Minister, Brian Wightman, today launched an exhibition of early photographs and memorabilia.


"Waldheim Chalet was the first tourism venture at Cradle Mountain. And it was arguably Tasmania's first eco-tourism venture," Mr Wightman said.


"A century later, the mountain's become one of Tasmania's most precious tourism sites - attracting 160,000 visitors a year.


"Accommodation businesses now provide more than 700 beds. Along with transport and tour services, they generate millions of dollars for the Tasmanian economy each year.


"Through all that change, Waldheim Chalet's been an enduring symbol of tradition and character in this beautiful location," he said.


Gustav Weindorfer said of Cradle Mountain - "this is a place that should be preserved for all people for all time".


"Weindorfer and Waldheim played a very important part in having Cradle Mountain protected, made accessible, and promoted it as a visitor destination," Mr Wightman said.


"Today, through this exhibition, we honour his vision and passion," he said.


In the past decade, the Tasmanian Government has invested strongly to improve access and services at Cradle Mountain. $25 million has been spent on road improvements, the new sewage treatment plant, in-park services, and the shuttle bus service.


The exhibition's being held by the Parks and Wildlife Service through December and January.


There's also a program of guided walks for visitors to appreciate the chalet and surrounds.


Details are available from the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre on 6492 1110.