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PWS Public Safety Update

17/01/2019

The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is continuing to assess the fire situation and extract bushwalkers from fire-affected remote reserves and parks across the state.More

PWS Public Safety Alert

16/01/2019

There has been considerable thunderstorm activity across the state overnight. Some fires have started in remote areas and the situation is being assessed as a matter of urgency.More

Gell River Fire update 14 January 2019 4.00 pm

15/01/2019

A fire is burning within the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, to the north of the Denison Range and through the Vale of Rasselas.More

Redeveloped Lake Tahune Hut now open

12/04/2018

A locally designed and built, energy-efficient and sustainable hut is now welcoming bushwalkers at Lake Tahune on the Frenchmans Cap Track in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, further cementing Tasmania’s reputation as one of the best places on the planet for wilderness walking.


The opening of the redeveloped Tahune Hut is the culmination of a 10-year project, generously co-funded through donations to the Wildcare Gift Fund by Dick and Pip Smith, to improve the Frenchmans Cap walking track experience.


The new hut was designed by Hobart architects Green Designs, who developed the energy-efficient design to meet the demands and requirements of the site with construction undertaken by Westbury-based Valley Workshops.


In a first for a bushwalking hut in Tasmania, the innovative design is energy efficient, using a micro-hydro system to power the heating and lighting, providing an environmentally friendly alternative to flying in gas or coal for heating.


The redeveloped hut will provide accommodation for 24 walkers and additional deck area will ensure better amenities while improving environmental sustainability.


With the project now complete, the amenities along the track are commensurate with the world-class experience visitors expect of one of Tasmania’s great wilderness walks.


In the wake of these upgrades and to manage the demands and expectations of visitors, the Draft Frenchmans Cap Recreation Zone Plan 2018 has now been released for public comment. The draft will help guide discussion on future management of the area to ensure this walk continues to deliver high quality and sustainable experiences into the future.