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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

Summary of The Tasmanian Advantage - natural and cultural features of Tasmania

The The Tasmanian Advantage can be downloaded as a PDF File (4.7Mb). The Notesheets which are included with the manual are available online.

Summary

The Tasmanian Advantage is a resource manual aimed at developing knowledge and interpretive skills specific to Tasmania. It is aimed at those operating within the ecotourism business in Tasmania.

Tasmania is one of the world’s premier travel destinations. Its magnificent natural attractions, rich cultural history and industries such as craft, food and wine combine to draw people to the State. It is not surprising that environmental tourism has become a significant contributor to the State’s economy.

Either directly or indirectly, the natural and cultural values of Tasmania impact upon all those involved in the tourism industry in this State. Whether you run a guided walk, a bed and breakfast house, or are employed in the service industry, being able to understand, share and appreciate the natural and cultural attributes of Tasmania are vital aspects of your business.

The aim of the manual

The Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service has compiled this manual with the aim of benefiting the environment, the tourism industry, employees, and visitors by:

  • setting a basic standard of knowledge of the natural and cultural features
  • of Tasmania in a concise resource that will include specific information;
  •  developing the interpretive skills of tour guides, operators, activity leaders
  • and customer service staff;
  •  sustainably combining tourism within national parks, reserved areas and
  • involving flora, fauna and cultural sites through the adoption of appropriate practisces;
  • increasing the understanding, appreciation and conservation of the
  • diversity of Tasmania’s flora and fauna;
  •  helping to provide enriching experiences for visitors to Tasmania while minimising their impact on the environment.

For the purposes of this manual the State has been divided into three regions. The regions are a combination of areas already defined by Parks and Wildlife Service, Tourism Tasmania and Forestry Tasmania:

a) South and Central Plateau–including Hobart, the Huon Valley, the Derwent Valley, Mt Field National Park, the Southwest, Port Arthur and the Central Plateau.
b) East and Northeast–including Maria Island, Freycinet, the Midlands, Mt William National Park, Bridport, Launceston, the Tamar Valley and Ben Lomond National Park.
c) West and Northwest–including Lake St Clair–Cradle Mountain National Park, Queenstown, Strahan, Corrina, Narwantapu National Park, the Meander Valley, Smithton, Rocky Cape National Park and Wynyard.

The Islands of Tasmania are included in the appropriate geographic region.

Notesheets

The notesheets provide concise, factual information and also refer to sources where more detailed information can be found. The notesheet series was produced by Parks and Wildlife in collaboration with Nature Conservation Branch and the Tasmanian Heritage Office and are available in PDF format from the Parks and Wildlife website, at www.parks.tas.gov.au/factsheets/index.html

Notesheets are continually created and altered and we recommend that you check the website regularly and print a hard copy of each new/updated notesheet in order to maintain an up-to-date reference folder.