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Hartz Peak Track Closed

21/01/2019

PWS advises that the Hartz Peak Track in Hartz Mountains National Park has been closed until further notice due to increased fire risk.More

PWS Campfire restrictions extended statewide

21/01/2019

The Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is extending the current campfire restrictions statewide until further notice.More

PWS Fire update

20/01/2019

There are many fires currently burning in national parks and reserves in Tasmania, including the Southwest National Park and Southwest Conservation Area.More

Flags fly at Mount Nelson once again

26/06/2018

Tasmania's first signal station has been restored more than 200 years since it began operation on Mount Nelson.


Raised in 1811, the original mast played a critical role in maritime communication. While technology has replaced the need for the Mount Nelson signal station, it remains an important part of Tasmania's history.


A Parks and Wildlife Service project to conserve the significant heritage of the site and improve the visitor experience has now been completed. 


Upgrades to the site include, painting the exterior of the station, the purchase of a new telescope, updating visitor information and the fabrication and installation of a new flagpole.


The new mast is an exact replica of the worn out pole taken down last year, and stands an impressive 22 metres tall. Such masts were essential links in the semaphore communication system in southern Tasmania. In its heyday, in fine weather a message could reportedly get from Port Arthur to Hobart in 15 minutes.


These latest upgrades will ensure the significant heritage of the site is preserved and is available for locals and tourists to enjoy.

Flags fly at Mount Nelson once again

The 22 metre tall flagpole being put into place.