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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

AFAC Independent Operational Review of the 2018-19 bushfires

08/08/2019

Following the 2018-19 bushfires the Tasmanian Government commissioned an independent report by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Council to review the overall response and identify areas where more can be done to improve the State's response andMore

Port Davey Marine Reserve

Access

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.