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Campfire restrictions extended due to increasing fire risk

19/01/2018

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

16/01/2018

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

05/01/2018

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

Tasman National Park and Reserves Management Plan 2011

The full version of the Tasman National Park and Reserves Management Plan 2011 can be downloaded as a PDF File (5.8 Mb).

Summary

Located on the Tasman and Forestier Peninsulas in south-eastern Tasmania, Tasman National Park is well renowned for its striking coastal panoramas, including 300 metre high sea cliffs and other spectacular features of geodiversity. The park and reserves contain one third of plant species found in the state, including a significant area of eucalypt forest and heathland, which is poorly reserved elsewhere in the state. They also protect a number of threatened flora and fauna species, including several species of Euphrasia endemic to the Tasman Peninsula – Epacris marginata and E. myrtifolia and the southern most populations of Hibbertia hirsuta and Olearia archeri.

Tasman National Park contains offshore rocks and islands important for nesting seabirds and seal haulouts, and wedge-tailed and white-bellied sea eagle nest sites. 

The park and reserves are fundamental for protecting a vast cultural heritage, which dominates the landscape, including historic heritage of the convict era, the visible remains of early timber harvesting, shipwrecks and whaling. The park and reserves will be managed to protect their outstanding natural and cultural values, and provide for a range of recreational opportunities, including beach walking, camping, hang gliding and bushwalking. Facilities will be developed in areas of high visitor numbers and will complement the natural and cultural landscape. 

Further visitor research will be undertaken to build a comprehensive visitor management model to better predict visitor growth and impact trends, over the long term. 

The major management initiatives for the park and reserves are summarised below: 

• undertake planning and assessment for the Three Capes Track, a proposed multi-day hut-based walk through the park with associated water-based experiences, and ensure that all identified negative impacts can be adequately avoided or mitigated prior to approval and implementation; 
• emphasise protection and interpretation of the peninsulas’ rich geodiversity; 
• promote the park and reserves as an important visitor destination in south-eastern Tasmania; 
• upgrade and promote the Tasman Coastal Track between the Blowhole and Fortescue Bay for day use and easy-access camping; 
• implement an integrated site development plan for the Pirates Bay Visitor Services Zone as the major visitor destination in the park and reserves; 
• finalise and implement a Phytophthora cinnamomi management plan for the park to identify areas and strategies for minimising the potential for further disease impact; 
• review and, as necessary, revise the Fortescue Bay Site Plan and prepare a site plan for the Remarkable Cave Visitor Services Site to take account of the potential flow-on effects from the proposed Three Capes Track; 
• facilitate commercial tourism development in accordance with these site plans and associated with park visitation elsewhere on the peninsula; 
• day-to-day management of the national park and reserves will be in accordance with the Tasmanian Reserve Management Code of Practice.