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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

Parks visitation continues to drive tourism jobs


Tasmania’s unrivalled natural environment has attracted record numbers of visitors to the State’s national parks throughout the 2017-18 year.

Tasmania’s national parks and reserves are one of the key drivers of growth in the State’s visitor economy, with close to half of tourists to the State saying they come here to see them.

New visitation figures released by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) show that overall visitation increased by seven per cent in 2017-18 (to 1.4 million visits). This included:

  • Visitation to Freycinet increased by six per cent to a record 310,000 people

  • A 13 per cent increase in visitation at the Tamar Island Wetlands in Launceston

  • Visitor numbers were up nine per cent at Highfield House in Stanley

  • A six per cent increase to Tasman Arch on the Tasman Peninsula

  • Lake St Clair visitation higher by five per cent

  • Visitation to the Mole Creek Caves hit record levels of 63,000 visitors following closures caused by flooding in 2016.

These increases mean that more people are travelling to Tasmania’s different regions, adding to the regional economy by staying longer and spending more.

Tasmania’s national parks support 200 nature based tourism operators, which create thousands of jobs for Tasmanians.

The Tasmanian Government is investing over $65 million in the management of parks and reserves, aimed at protecting precious wilderness assets and providing opportunities to engage with natural areas for generations to come.

Earlier this year, the government launched a new policy to make it easier for Tasmanians to visit and enjoy the unique experiences on offer around their home state, giving Tasmanian seniors one year’s free access to national parks and discounted passes for future years. This means every Tasmanian aged more than 60 who works less than 20 hours a week, will have a year’s free access and an ongoing 50 per cent discount thereafter.

Today was the official opening of the Parks 21 annual forum, jointly hosted by the Tourism Industry Council Tasmania (TICT) and PWS. Parks 21 is a joint initiative of the TICT and PWS established in 2014 with a focus on nature-based tourism in parks around the State.

The Parks 21 Memorandum of Understanding has governments and stakeholders working together for a holistic approach to sustainable tourism. A Parks 21 Progress Report has now been released.