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PWS - Fires update and impacts


Background: A number of fires were ignited by dry lightning that crossed the state in late December 2018 and mid-January 2019. The storms of 15 January 2019 resulted in approximately 2,400 lightning strikes and caused over 60 new ignitions.More

PWS Fire Update - Friday 15 February 2019


Parks and Wildlife Tasmania (PWS) can advise the following locations, reserves and tracks have been re-opened today (Friday 15 February).More

PWS Fire Update - Thursday 14 February 2019


Parks and Wildlife Tasmania (PWS) can advise the following locations, reserves and tracks have been re-opened.More

Port Davey Marine Reserve


The Port Davey Marine Reserve is located in the far south-west of the State, within the Southwest National Park and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.  It is accessible only by boat, light plane or on foot with a 5-7 day walk on either the South Coast Track or the Port Davey Track.

Several hundred boat-based visitors arrive each year, including yachties, sea kayakers and scuba divers. Commercial and recreational fishermen sometimes enter the reserve seeking shelter from the weather. A further 5000 or so visitors arrive each year by light plane. Occasional cruise ships also visit, under strict regulation.

Please note that a park entry pass is required.

When to visit 

South-west weather is often wild, wet and unpredictable – it’s this weather that has played a large part in shaping the landscape. It is not uncommon to experience day after day of rain at any time of the year. However, more settled weather is usually experienced during summer and autumn, with less rain and less wind – northerlies in summer and westerlies in autumn. Spring winds are often strong and gusty, while winter brings strong prevailing westerlies, low temperatures, frosts and high rainfall. If you’re lucky, you can strike a week of perfect crisp, calm weather in the middle of winter. Get a long-range forecast and cross your fingers. If you’re seeking solitude, avoid visiting between mid-January and mid-March.