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Easter safety is paramount for our parks and reserves

18/04/2019

The Parks and Wildlife Service encourages visitors and Tasmanians alike to get outdoors and get active - especially in our parks and reserves.More

Good news, Hartz Mountain National Park and other tracks are open!

17/04/2019

In time for Easter walking, PWS have been able to re-open a number of tracks.More

New Mt Mawson Shelter officially opened ahead of ski season

29/03/2019

The new Mt Mawson Public Shelter was today officially opened and will provide a new level of amenity for southern Tasmania's only ski field, as well as upgraded facilities for bushwalkers heading to the iconic Tarn Shelf walk in Mt Field National Park.More

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.