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History unlocked at Richmond Gaol


Investment in the restoration of the Gaoler's House at Richmond Gaol will enhance the visitor experience at one of Tasmania's key historic sites.More

Campfire restrictions in national parks and reserves


Restrictions on campfires, pot fires and other solid fuel stoves will come in to place from next Wednesday (November 14) at identified Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) campgrounds around the State to help reduce the risk of bushfires.More

Godfreys Beach penguin viewing platform open


The development of a new penguin viewing platform at Godfreys Beach at The Nut State Reserve in Stanley has recently been completed by the Parks and Wildlife Service.More

Track, Campsite and Reserve Closures and Re-openings

From time to time, tracks, campsites and reserves will be closed for a variety of reasons, including safety risks such as high fire danger or track improvement works.

While we try to keep this page up to date, closures or re-openings can sometimes happen at short notice. For that reason, we also recommend checking the Parks and Wildlife Service Facebook page.

Short-term and short-notice closures will also be listed on notice boards at the reserve.

For further information on track, reserve or campsite closures, please contact local rangers. See our Office Contacts for the relevant contact details.

Additional resources

Campfire restrictions declared in national parks and reserves

Restrictions on campfires, pot fires and other solid fuel stoves will be in place from Wednesday 14 November until further notice at identified Parks and Wildlife Service campgrounds around the State to help reduce the risk of bushfires. Tasmania is experiencing an extremely dry and warm period along the eastern coastal strip of the State. The seasonal campfire restrictions apply to reserves on King and Flinders Islands, from Port Sorell to Mt William on the north coast, and Mt William to Orford, including Maria Island, on the east coast.

For full details, see our feature page.

Refurbishment of Tasman National Park Blowhole toilet building

Updated 16 November 208

Work is currently underway on a refurbishment of the Blowhole toilet building in Tasman National Park. Throughout the works, access to the building will be restricted and 11 portaloos will be available at the Blowhole carpark (including an all mobility access one), serviced daily. Works are scheduled for completion in December.

For enquiries, contact Tasman Field Centre on 6250 3980.

Officers’ Quarters Museum – works complete

Updated 16 November 2018

Electrical maintenance works are now complete on the Officers Quarters Museum at Eaglehawk Neck in the Tasman National Park and access to the site is no longer restricted. For enquiries, contact Tasman Field Centre on 6250 3980.

Mount Brown and Crescent Bay Tracks reopened

Updated 16 November 2018

Informal access tracks and vegetation behind Crescent Bay are closed due to a recent bushfire in the area. The Mount Brown, Maingon Blowhole and Crescent Bay tracks are now open between Remarkable Cave carpark and Crescent Bay Beach. Please remain on tracks and do not enter vegetation behind Crescent Bay Beach. For enquiries, contact Tasman Field Centre on 6250 3980.

Bird River Track closed

Updated 6 November 2018

Due to a recent landslip/tree fall on the Bird River Track, the track has been temporarily closed due to safety concerns. Parks and Wildlife Service are working towards reopening the track as soon as possible. The track is open for walkers.  

For further details contact the West Coast Field Centre in Strahan on 03 6472 6020 or PWS.WestCoast@parks.tas.gov.au

Gate on Western Lakes Road near Lake Augusta now open

Updated 4 October 2018

The main gate on the Western Lakes Road near Lake Augusta is now open allowing vehicular access to the Nineteen Lagoons area.

The gates on the following tracks remain closed until conditions are deemed to be dry enough to open whilst preventing unnecessary damage: Pillans/ Julians Lake Track, Talinah Lagoon track, and Double Lagoon Track

These tracks are due to open approximately the 1st of November and will be assessed regularly from now on. Notification will be given if they are opened earlier, as well as receiving weekly updates if conditions don’t allow them to be open by this date.

Car park at Goat Island closed due to storm damage

Updated 2 October 2018

The car park at Goat Island within the Three Sisters – Goat Island Nature Reserve is currently closed due to storm damage and is likely to be closed until early 2019. The car park is only closed for vehicles and people can still access the reserve on foot.

Evercreech White Knights walking track - temporary closure

Updated 30 July 2018

The White Knights walking track at Evercreech in the state's North-east is temporarily closed due to falling tree limbs making it unsafe. Assessment of the trees and remedial works are under way, and it is anticipated the track may be closed until November 2018.

For any enquiries please contact the St. Helens Field Centre on 03 6387 5510.

Little Fisher Road - works update

Updated 29 June 2018

The erosion repair works on the Little Fisher track have been completed. The bridges are scheduled to be replaced with new pedestrian structures by the end of 2018 however the track remains open. Visitors are advised to assess the condition of each structure prior to using and proceed at your own risk.

For any enquiries please contact the Great Western Tiers Field Centre on 03 6701 2104.

Mersey River – safety advice for paddlers

Updated 7 June 2018

Canoeists and rafters using the Upper Mersey River from the Mersey White Water Regional Reserve are advised that a large volume of logs and debris has built up at the entrance to Lake Parangana, which could interfere with safe passage.

This area poses a severe risk to water craft with the potential to become entangled and jammed. The Parks and Wildlife Service recommends that paddlers and other recreational users avoid the area until further notice.

For more information or updates, please contact the Great Western Tiers Field Centre on 03 6701 2104.

Judds Creek Road closed

Updated 22 May 2018

Two river crossings on the Judd's Creek Road (Russell Ridge CA) have been cut by the recent flood event. The reserve received 168mm of rain fall in a 24 hour period, severely damaging the road. Judd's Creek Road provides access from the Judbury entrance to the Russell Ridge CA and the Billy Brown Falls Walking Track. The road will remain closed until further notice.

For further details, please call the Huonville Office on 03 6121 7026.

Damage to infrastructure - Ben Lomond National Park

Updated 16 May 2018

A fire overnight has caused extensive damage to the Ben Lomond Alpine Hotel and the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service day shelter (including public toilets) and connecting boardwalk.

The fire has had a significant impact on some services in the national park. The national park remains open, however for safety reasons some infrastructure is currently closed.

It is important for anyone planning a visit to the national park to be aware that services at the hotel have been affected as well as some other infrastructure and people need to plan their trip accordingly for the time being.

The fire caused significant damage to the Parks and Wildlife Service day shelter on the mountain as well as the connecting boardwalk to the shelter. For public safety reasons this infrastructure is closed until further notice. The closure means that no public toilet facilities are available at the ski field.

The Ben Lomond campground is the closest public toilet location, which is approximately eight kilometres from the village.

For enquiries please contact the Tamar Field Centre on 03 6336 5397.

Access to the Bruny Island Neck walkways and viewing platforms

Updated 30 April 2018

Visitors to the Bruny Island Neck walkways and viewing platforms are advised that a project to reconstruct the walkway and viewing platforms will get under way in May and continue until October 2018. The works will involve temporary closures and are being staged to maintain access when it is practical to do so. Visitors are advised not to rely on access to this location during the winter season.

For further information contact the PWS Southern Region office on 03 6165 4053.