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New picnic facilities for Penny's Lagoon

08/08/2018

The Parks and Wildlife Service has completed the construction of a new picnic shelter at Penny's Lagoon within the Lavinia State Reserve on King Island.
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Celebrating World Ranger Day

31/07/2018

The work of Tasmania's rangers is vital in the daily management of our 19 national parks and more than 800 reserves, encompassing approximately 50 per cent of the State.
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Southwest ecological burns important for orange-bellied parrot conservation

22/03/2018

Planned ecological burns in Southwest National Park will help regenerate important habitat areas for the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot.More

Cradle Mountain shuttle bus tender awarded

08/05/2018

A new bus fleet featuring environmentally friendly technology and vehicles with improved accessibility and increased capacity will help to meet increasing visitor numbers following the awarding of the tender to McDermott Coaches.


The features of the new bus fleet will provide a current best-practice transport service operating at Cradle Mountain. McDermotts' fleet of four diesel-electric hybrid vehicles, along with five conventional diesel buses, will have low-floor capability to comply with current disability standards.


A shuttle bus service has been used to transport visitors from the visitor centre into the national park and Dove Lake since 2004. 


Visitation to Cradle Mountain is at an all-time high with 268,000 people visiting last year, a 12 per cent increase on the previous year.


While a cableway remains the government's preferred solution for the park, an increased shuttle bus service will be required in the short term while cableway options are fully investigated.


This new service will futher support the Hodgman Liberal Government's investment into Cradle Mountain. It has already committed $21.8 million to implement the Cradle Master Plan which includes a new visitor centre, village precinct, car park and visitor shelter at Dove Lake, and a further $35 million for the cableway and a new iconic tourism experience at Cradle Mountain.