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Second round of consultation begins on the future of Freycinet Peninsula


Tasmania's unrivalled natural environment is a key driver in our nation-leading visitor economy and the Freycinet Peninsula is one of our most popular tourism destinations.More

Sustainable Timber Tasmania and Parks and Wildlife Service issue safety message


Over the coming weeks, a number of roads inside of fire impacted areas will reopen.More

PWS Fire Update - Friday 22 February 2019


To date, the fire area has affected around 94,000 ha (about 6%) of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) and approximately 42,476 ha (about 3.4%) of other reserves managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service.More

Milkshakes Hill Regional Reserve reopened


The Tarkine Drive visitor experience has been further enhanced with the reopening of the Milkshake Hills Regional Reserve.

The reserve, in Tasmania’s North-West, has been closed for nearly two years due to extensive damage from wildfires that tore through the the area in 2016.

The fires badly damaged the reserve’s tall eucalypt forest, as well as the visitor infrastructure at the site.

Around $370,000 has been spent in restoration at Milkshake Hills Regional Reserve, with extensive works undertaken by the Parks and Wildlife Service during this period. 

Works included clearing fallen timber, management of dangerous trees, resurfacing the access road, re-roofing the picnic shelter, and restoring and improving the reserve’s walking tracks.

Damage to the Forest Nature and Summit walking tracks has been repaired and 700m of new track has been built to avoid areas of the forest most badly affected by the fires.

While the evidence of the fire is still apparent at the reserve in the form of fire-blackened eucalypts and the many fallen trees, there is also extensive new growth – a testament to the resilience of nature.