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Encounter Maria Island


Encounter Maria Island's new ferry Osprey V, that will allow even more visitors to enjoy one of the State's best tourism attractions, was launched today.More

Progress on Cradle Mountain Master Plan


An important milestone in the Cradle Mountain Master Plan project has been reached following a competitive tender process, with Cumulus Studio chosen to design the Cradle Mountain gateway precinct and the Dove Lake viewing shelter.More

Exciting new proposal for Tasmania's South East Cape


Award-winning local tourism operator Ian Johnstone can now progress a new project to lease and licence negotiations under the Tourism Opportunities in Tasmania's National Parks, Reserves and Crown Land process.More

Background Notes 1a

1a What are national parks?

Parks and Wildlife Service Vision

Our vision is for all people to value, conserve and enjoy Tasmania's natural, historical and Aboriginal heritage.

Parks and Wildlife Service Mission

Our mission is to conserve and manage Tasmania's natural, historical and Aboriginal heritage for its own value and for the benefit of people now and in the future.

Park management agencies throughout Australia and New Zealand use the following definition of a National Park: A National Park is

a relatively large area, set aside for its features of predominantly unspoilt landscape, flora and fauna, permanently dedicated for public enjoyment, education and inspiration, and protected from all interferences other than essential management practices, so that its natural attributes are preserved.

Key features of national parks

  • pristine inland water

    Unspoiled landscapes, plants and animals are protected.

  • ranger stands on an ocean lookout platform

    Managed wisely to ensure long-term protection of natural and cultural values.

  • bird's eye view of a lighthouse

    Protect significant Aboriginal and historical sites.

  • a man and woman enjoy the temperate Tasmanian rainforest

    Provide public enjoyment and recreational opportunities.

  • macro view of a forest plant's leaves

    Provide a place for education and inspiration.