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Second round of consultation begins on the future of Freycinet Peninsula

13/03/2019

Tasmania's unrivalled natural environment is a key driver in our nation-leading visitor economy and the Freycinet Peninsula is one of our most popular tourism destinations.More

Sustainable Timber Tasmania and Parks and Wildlife Service issue safety message

08/03/2019

Over the coming weeks, a number of roads inside of fire impacted areas will reopen.More

PWS Fire Update - Friday 22 February 2019

22/02/2019

To date, the fire area has affected around 94,000 ha (about 6%) of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) and approximately 42,476 ha (about 3.4%) of other reserves managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service.More

Mt Field

Introduction

Russell Falls, upper tier, c.1900

Russell Falls, upper tier,
c.1900 (Tasmania Library,
State Library of Tasmania)

The natural beauty of Mt Field has been officially recognised for over one hundred years. Tasmania's first nature reserve was created around Russell Falls in 1885. The area set aside for protection and public enjoyment was then greatly extended with the formation of the Mt Field National Park in 1916. Along with Freycinet, it is the oldest national park in Tasmania.

Mt Field National Park has long been a favourite destination among residents of Hobart, partly due to its close proximity to the capital city, but also because of its great beauty and diversity. Further information for visitors can be found at our Visitors Guide to Tasmania's National Parks.