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New lease of life for original lighthouse vents


As part of the ongoing conservation of the Cape Bruny and Maatsuyker Island lighthouses, a team effort has been underway to restore the original bronze vents from the lighthouses' lantern rooms.More

Record visitor numbers at Highfield Historic Site


Visitation numbers at Highfield Historic Site in Stanley have reached a record high, with 12,535 people visiting in the 12 months ending March 2018.More

Cradle Mountain shuttle bus tender awarded


A new bus fleet featuring environmentally friendly technology and vehicles with improved accessibility and increased capacity will help to meet increasing visitor numbers following the awarding of the tender to McDermott Coaches.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.