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Call for volunteer caretakers for Maatsuyker Island

09/12/2016

The Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking volunteer caretakers for the coming two years on the remote and spectacular Maatsuyker Island in Tasmania's south-west.More

Update on work to restore access to flood-affected sites

23/11/2016

The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is continuing repair work to restore access to sites affected by the June flood event.More

Maria Island ferry service will unlock tourism opportunities

22/11/2016

The Tasmanian Government has secured a new, year-round regular passenger ferry service to Maria Island National Park, which will help the island fulfil its potential to be one of the state's best tourism attractions.More

Track, Campsite and Reserve Closures and Re-openings

Please note: There may be closures or re-openings other than those listed here. Please also see our Facebook page for other possible closures.

 

For the latest bushfire information, go to the Tasmania Fire Service website at www.fire.tas.gov.au. As some walking tracks within national parks and reserves are accessed across land managed by Forestry Tasmania it is worthwhile checking for road closures on the Forestry Tasmania website. The Department of State Growth web site also has information on road closures in Tasmania.

For further information on track, reserve or campsite closures, please contact local rangers.

See our Office Contacts for contact details.

For the latest information on road closures, check the Tasmania Police Community Alerts website www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/. For the latest bushfire information go to the Tasmania Fire Service website www.fire.tas.gov.au.


Parks and reserve closures due to weather events - latest update

Updated 07 November 2016


Please see below for the latest closures due to the intense weather events over recent weeks. For the latest information on closures, please contact local rangers - see our Office Contacts for contact details.

Northern Region

 

 

National park/Reserve

Site/Asset

Status

Liffey Falls

Access to Liffey campground, day use area and all tracks

Closed until further notice.

At the bottom campground walking bridges and viewing platforms have been destroyed and long sections of walking track have been washed away.  Water supply to the toilet block has been destroyed.

Top day use area – the road and bridges have been washed out on Riverdale Road.  The road bridges require replacement and stabilisation works are required on the road.  Work has commenced and both sites are expected to remain closed until summer.

Mother Cummings Peak

Walking tracks

Westrope Road is closed at the junction of Western Creek track. Mother Cummings Peak track and Sydns track are open. Vehicular access to these tracks is closed at the junction of Westrope Road and Western Creek track due to a land slip. It is likely the road will remain closed until summer.

Mole Creek Karst National Park

Marakoopa Cave

Marakoopa Cave

Closed until further notice due to extensive damage to infrastructure inside and outside of the cave. The vehicle bridge over Marakoopa Creek requires replacement and significant road stabilization works are required. The cave lighting system requires total replacement.

It is hoped the site will re-open for the summer school holidays.

Croesus section – Mole Creek Karst National Park

Camping/day use area

Closed until further notice. The site suffered significant damage from flood debris. Works should be completed before the summer school holidays.

Mole Creek Karst National Park

Wet Cave Reserve

Wet Cave camping and day use area

Closed until further notice.

There has been significant erosion in both the camping and day use area.

It is expected the site will remain closed until summer.

Mersey Forest Road and Bare Hill Road

Mersey Forest Road and Bare Hill Road

Closed until further notice due to significant hazards including undermined roads and bridges and landslips. The Department of State Growth will manage recovery works on Mersey Forest Road and repairs will begin as soon as possible.

Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Rinadeena Falls, Arm River Track, Arm River Camp, Cloister Lagoon/Jacksons Creek Track, Lees Paddocks, Lake Bill Track

 

Walking tracks, accommodation

Access to the Walls of Jerusalem and Arm River is closed from Mersey Forest Road and Bare Hill Road.  There is no other access to these track heads. The Walls of Jerusalem can be accessed from the Central Plateau, however the access is via a walking route and should only be attempted by experienced walkers.

Mersey White Water Regional Reserve

Day use area and white water course

Closed until further notice, due to closure of Mersey Forest Road and Bare Hill Road. The site also suffered damage from the 2016 bushfires. Planning has begun for the replacement of infrastructure.

Northwest Region

 

 

Warrawee Conservation Area

All facilities at the site

Closed until further notice due to extensive damage.

Bird River Track

Track

Track closed 2 km south of Bird River bridge due to a landslip.

Cradle Mountain

Dove Lake Circuit

Partial closure until 25 November

Milkshakes Regional Reserve

 

All facilities closed until further notice

Northeast Region/East Coast

 

 

Ralphs Falls

Mt Victoria Road

Road works closure from Pyengana, St Columba Falls side across Mt Victoria to Ralph Falls and through to Legerwood/Ringarooma. Closed until 25 November

Waterhouse Conservation Area

Blackmans Lagoon section

Closed – no beach access or camping

Trout Creek Reserve

Access

Access open from northern end – Skyline Drive at Beaumaris. Access from the southern end remains closed.

Mathinna Falls

Access road

Closed until further notice

Southern Region

 

 

Doo Town footbridge - Tasman National Park

Footbridge

Closed – alternate beach access available via The Blowhole

Agnes Creek footbridge, Cape Pillar Track – Tasman National Park

Footbridge

Footbridge closed, however Cape Pillar Track is open

Check the Tasmania Police Community Alerts website http://www.police.tas.gov.au/alerts/road-closure-lighthouse-road-south-bruny/ for road closures.

St Columba Falls Roadworks

Updated 24 November 2016

Please be advised that on Thursday 1 December 2016 St Columba Falls Road will be closed to all traffic between 6pm and 6am the following morning approximately 4km before the falls carpark to allow essential road works to be undertaken.

These hours have been chosen to cause the least inconvenience to the public as possible.

Should you have any concerns please call Council's Work Department on (03) 6376 7900


Dove Lake Circuit at Cradle Mountain reopened

Updated 22 November 2016

Construction works on a section of the iconic Dove Lake Circuit have now been completed. 

Specialised techniques were used by contractors to integrate locally-sourced dolerite stone to upgrade a section of deteriorated track near the Ballroom Forest. 

Visitors can now complete the entire circuit loop around the lake allowing 2-3 hours. 

This project was funded as part of the government’s $8 million Tourism Infrastructure Fund to promote tourism in our natural areas. 

So come and enjoy this Great Short Walk in glorious spring weather and see the abundant alpine wildflowers currently in bloom.

Devils Gullet Walking Track CLOSED till further notice 

Updated 13th October 2016

Please note that the due to fire damage the walking track to Devils Gullet remains closed.

For further information please contact:

Great Western Tiers Field Centre 

Phone: 03 67012171 or 0418 569 563


West coast road closures

Updated 13 October 2016

Please note that the Crotty Road, Darwin Dam, Bird River and Mt Mc Call roads are closed due to a land slip. Emergency work has commenced. Reopening dates are not yet known.


Blackmans Lagoon camping and day use closed

Updated 5 October 2016

Blackman Lagoon camping and day use area, within Waterhouse Conservation Area, has been temporarily closed. Heavy rainfall has inundated the access road.

Closures at Arthur - Pieman due to flooding

Updated 4 October 2016

The following campsite and tracks have been closed due to flooding and rain damage:
  • Camp Elsewhere (Rebecca Stockyard area) is closed due to excessive water. Won’t be open until remedial works occur weather permitting, before the November long weekend.
  •  ‘Bowl Track’ between north end of Arthur Beach south to the bowl is closed due to ocean erosion, washing away sections of track creating dangerous 3m drop off into ocean. Please consider alternative routes to the bowl.
  • Prickly Wattle track for bikes and, - Arthur River Beach if ocean conditions allow. Logs have been removed from the north end of Arthur Beach to help with accessing the “Bowl’ by beach.

St Helens Point Loop Road - Roadworks

Updated 15 September 2016

The Parks and Wildlife Service wish to advise that roadworks will be commencing on sections of the St Helens Point loop road commencing Thursday the 15th of September until Friday 24th September, subject to weather conditions. 

During works, sections of the road will be closed. Heavy machinery will be operating and we ask that visitors comply with all signage and direction by contractors and PWS staff.

For further information contact PWS St Helens Field Centre phone 6387 5510. The Parks and Wildlife Service apologise for any inconvenience.

Lagoons Beach Camping Area - Roadworks

Updated 14 September 2016

The Parks and Wildlife Service wish to advise that roadworks will be commencing in this campground on Monday 12th of September until Friday 24th September, subject to weather conditions. During works, sections of the camping area will be closed. Heavy machinery will be operating and we ask that visitors comply with all signage and direction by contractors and PWS staff. 

For further information contact PWS St Helens Field Centre phone 6387 5510. The Parks and Wildlife Service apologise for any inconvenience.

Speeler Track (Cradle Mt) temporarily closed

Updated 14 September 2016

The Speeler Track at Cradle Mountain is currently closed whilst repairs are carried out on a bridge. 

For further information, contact Ph: (03) 6492 1133.

 Dip Falls Visitor Site Partially Closed

Updated 24 May 2016

The Dip Falls Regional Reserve will be partially closed to the public from late this week onwards for a period of up to 3 weeks. The walking track to the base of the falls will be closed for the duration of the project and the Carpark area will be closed for a few days towards the end of the project. This partial closure is to improve facilities at the site by constructing a new viewing platform at the base of the falls. Please note that helicopters will be working at the site for 2 days during the project and traffic will be managed during these heli lift operations.

Western Lakes access gates closed for winter

Updated 10 May 2016

With winter closing in, the vehicle access gates to the Western Lakes have been closed for public safety and to prevent environmental impacts. The gates include Lake Augusta Gate, Double Lagoon Gate, Talinah Track (otherwise known as Ada Lagoon Track or Christies Creek Track) and the Pillans/Julians Track gate.

The gates will re-open in late September or early October, depending on seasonal conditions. 

For further information contact the Great Western Tiers Field Centre on 6701 2104

 Access to the Styx Big Tree Reserve Closed

Updated 4 May 2016

Access to the Styx Big Tree Reserve via Maydena is closed due to Forestry Tasmania logging operations adjoining the Styx Valley Road. Forestry Tasmania has indicated that this closure will be in place for up to three months from the beginning of May. This closure will affect the Styx Big Tree Walk, Styx River walk and the trail head for the Snowy Range walk off Jubilee Road.

For queries on road/track closures in Southern Tasmania call Forestry Tasmania’s Southern Region in Hobart on (03) 6235 8353

Temporary closure of Brushy Road (near Westbury)

24 March 2016

 

Access to Brushy Lagoon has been closed due to the collapse of the bridge over Black Sugarloaf Creek, which has rendered the Brushy Road impassable.  Brushy Road is closed from the intersection of Brushy Road and Priestleys Lane until further notice. The road has been physically closed with large rocks. There is no alternative access.

An initial engineering inspection will be carried out today, 24 March. Subject to that inspection and recommendation, we expect the bridge to remain closed until after Easter when a full assessment can be undertaken and appropriate repairs or replacement can be commenced.  For further information please contact the Great Western Tiers Field Centre on 6701 2104. 


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