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Encounter Maria Island

20/10/2017

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

19/10/2017

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

16/10/2017

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

Summary of Tasmania's Nature Based Tourism Program, January 2001

The full version of Tasmania's Nature Based Tourism Program January 2001 can be downloaded as a PDF File (862 Kb)

Summary

Tasmania has a wealth of easily accessible natural areas that are becoming increasingly popular with visitors, both Tasmanian and those from interstate and overseas. The promotion of Tasmania to attract tourist visitors to the state is focussed on our wilderness and natural environment. The Parks and Wildlife Service is the lead agency for the Nature Based Tourism Program, a program to improve and increase the range of opportunities for visitors to enjoy, appreciate and learn about Tasmania's parks and reserves, to provide projects that are the base for sustainable nature based tourism and to provide partnership opportunities with local communities based on quality nature based tourism opportunities.

Some of the works under this program include new visitor centres at Mt Field and Freycinet, improved facilities at Hastings Caves, improved access and facilities at Narawntapu National Park and developing a network of walking tracks on the Tasman Peninsula to form the Tasman Coastal Track. Other projects that offer sustainable nature based tourism opportunities will be progressively added to the program.

Funding for the various works under the program has been made available from a variety of Local, State and Federal sources. These include but are not limited to the Natural Heritage Trust ($7.695M), the Regional Forest Agreement ($3M), the State Government's Capital Investment Program ($1.573M), Local Government and the Department of Housing and Regional Development.

Projects making up the majority of the current program are overseen by a Steering Committee including representatives from the Parks and Wildlife Service, Tourism Tasmania, Forestry Tasmania, the Office of Aboriginal Affairs, Environment Australia and the Department of Industry, Science and Resources. The first project to be completed under the program, the development of a Visitor Interpretation Centre and completion of the extensive wetlands boardwalks at Tamar Island, was opened in November 2000. All works under the program will be completed for use and enjoyment by visitors by 2002.