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Tassie the toast of Australian tourism, again

28/02/2017

For the third year running, Tasmania has dominated the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, winning more medals than any other state.More

Visitors returning to flood-affected sites

28/02/2017

Visitors are returning in droves to some of Tasmania's best natural tourism sites after devastating floods caused extensive damage last year.More

Wielangta Road bridge construction under way

20/02/2017

Work has begun this week on the replacement of four bridges on Wielangta Road as part of a $1.2 million project to upgrade the road.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.


Visiting Frenchmans Cap

Updated 20 February 2017

Walkers are advised that construction of a new toilet building and helipad at Lake Tahune on the Frenchmans Cap Track will begin in March, with completion expected in mid-April 2017.

During this time, we are advising walkers to camp at Lake Vera as there will be NO tent-based camping available at Lake Tahune, and minimal space available in the hut.

Walkers can still access Frenchmans Cap, but are advised to do this as a day trip from Lake Vera as the Lake Vera hut and camping platforms will be unaffected by these works at Lake Tahune.

These works are preliminary to the construction of an entirely new hut at Lake Tahune, which is scheduled to begin in January 2018.

The Parks and Wildlife Service apologises for any inconvenience and thanks walkers for their cooperation. For further information contact the Queenstown Field Centre on 6471 5922.


Temporary closure of Brushy Lagoon Road for bridge replacements

Updated 17 February 2017

Bridges on the Brushy Lagoon Road near Westbury that were damaged by the flood event of 2016 are set to be replaced. In order for the new, permanent bridges to be installed, access to the Brushy Lagoon Road will be closed from 27 February 2017 to 27 March 2017, inclusive.

Once the bridge works are completed, 7 km of the access road will also be graded and re-sheeted, which is expected to take about four weeks. The road works will begin immediately after the bridge works and will NOT require Brushy Lagoon Road to be closed.


Work Commenced on Trevallyn NRA Bike Trails

Updated 8 February 2017

Resurfacing and drainage improvement work has commenced on the Mountain Bike Trails at Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area. The Corkscrew track is the first trail to be upgraded, with works expected to take approximately ten days to complete. It is expected to be opened by end of next week.

The Stolen Spice Track is the next track expected to be upgraded. Each track will be closed to the public during construction due to contractors operating machinery in the area. As each individual track is completed, it will be reopened to the public and work will commence on the next track. This will hopefully limit the inconvenience caused to regular users of the reserve. Noticeboards will inform the public as the progress of the works, and which tracks are closed or completed.

All work is expected to be completed by April.

For further details, please contact the Tamar Field Centre, on 6331 6739

Walls of Jerusalem access closed

Updated 7 February 2017

Due to severe flood damage, access to the Walls of Jerusalem and Arm River is currently 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.

Liffey Falls Flood Recovery

Updated 3 February 2017
 
The campground and toilet facility accessed from Bogan Road is open. Access to the Liffey Falls walking track from the Bogan Road campground is closed due to the commencement of track repair work. This section will remain closed until April 2017 

Access to Liffey Falls via the top section of walking track from Riversdale Road is open (3 February 2017) till late April to allow visitors to visit the falls. Roadworks will recommence after this period. This will result in a further road closure and access to the falls and walking track will not be possible for 4 weeks.

Wielangta Road Bridge Construction

Updated 2 February 2017

Works will commence on the replacement of four bridges on Wielangta Road on 14 February 2017.

The bridge replacement program is outlined below but these dates may be subject to change.
• Pony Bottom Bridge (14 February – 3 March)
• bridge 5.6km north of Bream Creek Rd (3 March – 24 March) 
• Sandspit Bridge (27 March – 14 April) 
• Lady Fern Bridge (17 April – 1 June) 

During construction of the Pony Bottom Bridge a temporary bypass will be installed to retain access for residents. There will be periods when Wielangta Road will be closed to through traffic when the other bridges are being built. Visitors should check the roadside signs and the PWS website to check the status of the road prior to visiting. The Parks and Wildlife Service apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.

Parks and reserve closures due to flood damage - latest update

Updated 20 January 2017


Please see below for the latest closures due to the intense weather events during 2016. 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

The campground and toilet facility accessed from Bogan Road is open. Access to the Liffey Falls walking track from the Bogan Road campground is closed due to the commencement of track repair work. This section will remain closed until April 2017.

Access to Liffey Falls via the top section of walking track from Riversdale Road is open (3 February 2017) till late April to allow visitors to visit the falls. Roadworks will recommence after this period. This will result in a further road closure and access to the falls and walking track will not be possible for 4 weeks

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.

Mole Creek Karst National Park

Wet Cave Reserve

Wet Cave camping and day use area

Remains closed due to significant erosion in both the camping and day use area.

Repair options are being considered.

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 is managing 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.

Northwest Region

 

 

Warrawee Conservation Area, Latrobe

All facilities at the site

Closed until further notice due to extensive damage.

Milkshake Regional Reserve

 

All facilities closed until further notice

Northeast Region/East Coast

 

 

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  southern end remains closed.

Mathinna Falls

Access road

Closed until further notice

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

Parsons Track, Caveside, closed until further notice

Updated 20 January 2017

A recent thorough inspection of Parsons Track, which starts at Caveside, near Mole Creek, has confirmed extensive damage to the track due to collapsed culvert/bridges and a very large landslip. Rangers have deemed it unsafe for walkers until further notice.


Temporary closure of Hartz Mountains public shelter

Updated 16 January 2017

The Hartz Mountains Visitor Shelter (at the end of the road into the park) is closed until 25 January for building maintenance works.  The picnic shelter across from the Waratah lookout car park remains open.


Upgrade work on mountain bike tracks at Trevallyn and Kate Reed nature recreation areas

Updated 6 January 2017

As from 9 January 2017, works will begin to upgrade the mountain bike tracks at the Trevallyn and Kate Reed nature recreation areas at Launceston. During the upgrade over coming months, various track sections will be temporarily closed to allow for construction works.

The approximate timing of works is as follows: From 9 January, Silverdome track and Berm Track Upper. From 23 January, Berm Track Lower. From 20 February, Rock Drop Track. From 6 March, Boundary Track. Riders are asked to cooperate with signage in place so the works can be done as efficiently and safely as possible.


Safety advice for Cape Raoul and Shipstern Bluff tracks

Updated 5 January 2017

From 9 January 2017, construction will begin on upgrades to the Cape Raoul and Shipstern Bluff tracks on the Tasman Peninsula. Walkers are advised that these tracks will be closed on Tuesdays to allow for helicopter operations to take place. For safety reasons, the tracks maybe temporarily closed at short notice on other days. When the tracks are open, walkers are advised to proceed with caution and follow all safety instructions. For further information phone 6250 3980.


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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