Our Latest News

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

Bicheno holiday break for southern elephant seal


A sub-adult southern elephant seal is creating interest from the public as it takes a rest break on its long journey from its most likely home port of Macquarie Island, approximately 1500 km south of Tasmania.

Acting ranger in charge at Freycinet, Richard Dakin, said the seal appears to be a sub-adult which is moulting. Rangers have placed signs and ropes to help limit disturbance by the interested public.

“The seal has been in the area for about a week and just needs to rest. It does not need water or food. It may be present for some time while it grows a new coast of skin and fur,” Richard said.

Southern elephant seals are the largest of all seals, with males reaching 4 - 5 m in length and 2 200 kg in weight.

Bicheno holiday break for southern elephant seal

The sub-adult southern elephant seal resting on the boat ramp at Bicheno.

Bicheno holiday break for southern elephant seal

People are keeping their distance from the seal on the ramp - just visible past the foreground.