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Campfire restrictions extended due to increasing fire risk


In the interests of public safety, the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has brought in extensive campfire restrictions as the fire risk continues to increase this summer.More

Improved toilet facilities at Bruny Island


The Parks and Wildlife Service has completed work on a new toilet facility at the Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve.More

Further upgrade to South Coast Track


The South Coast Track is one of Tasmania's great bushwalks, and the completion of recent upgrades has significantly improved the user experience along the track before the start of the peak walking season.More

Background Notes 1b

1b Why have national parks?

In a world where people take advantage of every resource to develop the full potential of farming land, mineral wealth, forests and rivers, the concept of reserving land to ensure it remains natural is becoming increasingly important.

  • Orange-bellied parrot

    To ensure the survival of our diverse and often unique animal and plant life.

  • Tasmanian devil

    To properly ensure the survival of animals and birds we must protect sufficient areas of the native habitats they require.

  • Mountain Berry

    As a store of plants and animals – we are still discovering uses for plants and animals previously thought to be unimportant. Scientists can research environments in their natural state.

  • Fox with bandicoot

    Tasmania is the last stronghold for many animals which have disappeared or are disappearing from mainland Australia because of habitat destruction or competition from introduced animals such as foxes and cats.

  • Meander Falls

    Native forest ensures water in nearby streams is clean and clear, and constantly generates fresh air. Plants also purify the air we breathe.

  • Commisariet Store, Maria

    To protect important Aboriginal and other heritage sites.

  • Enjoying wild landscapes

    As recreation areas – for walking, camping, fishing, swimming, skiing, observing, learning, socialising, solitude, peace, quiet and adventure. By ensuring that such areas are protected, people will be able to enjoy and find inspiration in them now and into the future.

  • Tasmania's wilderness

    For their intrinsic value - their value outside and beyond the values of people. Wild places existed before humans and will exist when humans are no more.