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Celebrating 100 years of national parks


All Tasmanians are invited to celebrate the centenary of two of our most loved national parks, Freycinet and Mount Field, with a major festival at Freycinet and events at other parks, during the centenary weekend of 27-29 August.More

Repairing the infrastructure of Tasmania's parks


The flood and storm events in June and July of this year had a significant impact on Tasmania's iconic national parks and reserves, and the current damage bill is expected to exceed $6.4 million.More

Festival of Bright Ideas


As part of the celebration of the centenary of Tasmania's national parks, and in conjunction with National Science Week, a four day community event showcasing science, culture, food, tourism, music, innovation and health is being held on the West Coast.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 4pm, Thursday 14 July 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 Closures

National Park/Reserve Site /Asset Status
Ben Lomond Ben Lomond Road Drive to road conditions, exercise caution
Liffey Falls Access to Liffey Campground and all tracks closed until further notice
Parsons Walking Track Parsons Walking Track closed until further notice
Wet Cave Reserve Wet Cave Reserve Closed
Mother Cummings Peak Walking track Closed
Marakoopa Cave Marakoopa Cave Closed until further notice
Walls of Jerusalem, Rinadeena Falls, Arm River Track, Cloister lagoon/Jackson's Creek Track, Lees Paddocks, Lake Bill Track Walking Tracks Closed until further notice
Mersey State Forest Road Mersey State Forest Road Closed until further notice
Croesus Reserve Camping / day use area Closed
Arm River Camp Accommodation, Camping Closed until further notice
Mersey White Water Regional Reserve Mersey White Water Regional Reserve Closed until further notice
Denison Rivulet Conservation Area Denison North Beach Access Closed until further notice
Corra Linn Public Reserve (Inland Fisheries) Corra Linn Public Reserve (Inland Fisheries) Closed until further notice

Northwest Region Closures

National Park/Reserve Site /Asset Status
Warawee Conservation Area Warawee CA Closed until further notice
Cradle Mountain Pencil Pine Falls lower viewing platform Closed

Northeast/ East Coast Closures

National Park/Reserve Site /Asset Status
Evercreech  Access roads Open, drive to road conditions
Ralph Falls Mt Victoria Rd 4WD only
Trout Creek Reserve Eastern Creek Rd and Skyline Drive  Access open from Northern end (Skyline drive at Beaumaris) Closed access from Southern end
Mathina Falls Access road Closed
Stumpy's campground  Boat Ramp only Closed

Southern Region Closures

National Park/Reserve Site /Asset Status
Mt Field Lower barbecue areas Closed
Tasman Eaglehawk Neck footbridge Closed
Tasman Bridge over Agnes Creek Closed

Temporary closure of Climies Track

Updated 5 August 2016

Four-Wheel Drive Tasmania and Parks and Wildlife Service will be working together to renew bridge deck timbers along the Climies Track this coming weekend. The track between Granville and Trial Harbour will be closed on 6 and 7 August for the works. For further enquiries please phone 0427 143 115.

Mount Field National Park open again

Updated 19 July 2016

Mount Field National Park re-opened on Monday 18 July following flooding last week. The visitor centre is open, along with most of the day use area facilities and the Russell Falls, Horseshoe Falls and Tall Trees walking tracks. The Lake Dobson Road remains closed due to extensive washouts.

For further information contact the visitor center on 6288 1149.


Nelson Falls toilet deck renewal 

Updated 15 July 2016

The toilets at Nelson Falls visitor site, 27km east of Queenstown on the Lyell Highway, will be closed on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 July, while the toilet block’s timber deck is replaced with FRP grating. This work will enhance visitor safety, prolong the building’s life and improve its appearance.

The toilets will remain closed until the completion of works. There are alternative toilet facilities at the Franklin River Nature Trail, further east on the Lyell Highway.

The walking track to Nelson Falls will remain open.

The Nelson Falls site is visited each year by about 40,000 people, approximately three-quarters of whom use the toilet facilities.

Mountain bike tracks re-opening

Updated 7 July 2016

Due to the improved weather conditions, PWS, in consultation with the Launceston Mountain Bike Club, wishes to advise that all MTB tracks in Kate Reed NRA and Trevallyn NRA will be open from 10am on Friday 8 July. Some tracks may still be quite wet, so we ask riders to try to avoid the worst areas and to ride to the conditions. We thank all mountain bikers for their patience during the track closures.

Bird River Track closed due to landslip

Updated 1 July 2016

PWS wishes to advise that the Bird River Track has been closed approximately 2km south of the Bird River Bridge due to a landslide over the track that presents a visitor risk. PWS will assess the tree falls associated with the landslide next week and determine if they can be removed and the track made safe.

For further information contact the Queenstown Office on Ph. 64715923

Warning for walkers in elevated areas of the central north

Updated 7 June 2016

The elevated areas of the northern section of the Great Western Tiers and the Walls of Jerusalem National Park have received approximately 400mm of rainfall within 36 hours. The rainfall has caused a number of landslips in these elevated sections. The Westmorland Falls walking track has been the site of a land slip and is closed until a thorough inspection can be undertaken. 

People should take extra care when walking in the elevated sections of the Great Western Tiers, Central Plateau and Walls of Jerusalem as it is likely many of these areas will have been impacted by storm damage. Staff will assess these areas as soon practical.

 Severe weather closes parks and reserves

Updated 7 June 2016

  • Narawntapu National Park is closed until further notice due to flooding.
  • Mountain bike tracks at Trevallyn and Kate Reed nature recreation areas are closed until further notice due to heavy rainfall and damaging winds. Tracks will be monitored and will re-open as track conditions improve.
  • Tamar Island Wetlands – the boardwalk is closed until further notice due to flooding. The visitor centre also closed today.
  • Warrawee Conservation Area at Latrobe is closed until further notice due to flooding.
  • Ben Lomond rock fall – a fallen rock on Jacobs Ladder will be removed today.
  • Mole Creek Caves are closed until further notice, due to road closures preventing access. Conditions indicate that the caves will be flooded, more information will be posted as it comes to hand.

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

 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.

Sumac Lookout (Tarkine Drive) Walking Track Closed

Updated 24 May 2016

The Sumac Lookout including walking track will be closed from tomorrow (25th May) onwards for a period of up to 2 weeks due to infrastructure construction and improvements at the site. The carpark area at this site will remain open for the duration of this project.


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


 Waldheim Day Hut & Stables temporarily closed

Updated 5 May 2016

Waldheim Day Hut & Stables at Cradle Mountain will be closed from Thursday 5th May. Conservation works will be undertaken on these historic buildings to replace roof shingles, barge boards, eaves, etc and improve overall structural integrity. Visitors will still be able to access the Waldheim Chalet & Guest Cabins.

Kynvet Falls and Dove Canyon Tracks temporarily closed

Updated 5 May 2016

Kynvet Falls and Dove Canyon Tracks will be closed from Monday 9th May. PWS is replacing the Lower Pencil Pine Falls viewing platform, staircase and connecting boardwalk to upgrade walking track facilities. Visitors will not be able to complete the Dove Canyon Circuit. Alternative access to view the Pencil Pine Falls is available via the Rainforest Walk (10-20 min circuit) starting at the Interpretation Centre. It is likely that these sites will be closed for the month, depending on weather conditions.

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

 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.