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Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service community events and activities are held throughout the year in different locations.

Other events are also held in parks and reserves organised by community groups, commercial tourism operators and other organisations.

Please check the Calendar of Events listing below to find out what is happening around the State.

Calendar of Events


PWS invites you deep underground for an afternoon of musical mediation

Sunday 1 October 2017 4:30pm to 6pm

Performed in the stunning Newdegate Cave at Hastings, Unsounded will feature Tasmanian musician Emily Sheppard (violin, viola and voice) along with Anne Norman on shakuhachi (traditional Japanese bamboo flute).

Inspired by the caves, Unsounded will explore the use of voice, instruments, music and poetry to express experience of the natural world. The performance will incorporate traditional Japanese styles and European chamber music combined with eco poetry and will explore the unheard, unvoiced, unknown and alternative perceptions. 

Seating is limited to 100 guests. Warm clothing and sturdy footwear is recommended. Bring a cushion or rug to sit on and a blanket for comfort. 

Unsounded at Hastings Cave Sunday 1 October 2017 4:30pm to 6pm $24 adult* $12 child* https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/unsounded-hastings-cave-tickets-37088531797?aff=eac2 *Plus booking fee For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/ensounded/or email info@annenorman.com

Launch of Seniors Week at Mount Field National Park

Monday 2 October 10am-2pm

Come and enjoy a myriad of engaging activities including celebrated Tasmanian Aboriginal singer songwriters Dewayne Everettsmith and Uncle Dougie Mansell performing. Dewayne’s beautiful voice has been described as having the soul of Marvin Gaye and the sunny beauty of Johnny Nash. He has played with Paul Kelly, Archie Roach and the Black Arm Band. Renowned Tasmanian nature writer Gina Mercer will read her poetry with accompanying live music. There will also be ‘Ecology Walks’ to Russell Falls, wilderness and wildlife discovery tables, and Tasmanian Aboriginal cultural conversations in the new Curiosity Room. The preferred option to join us at this unique event is by travelling free of charge on one of the three coaches: from Sorell - 6269 0059, New Norfolk - 6261 8515, and Glenorchy - 6273 2362. Park entry fees will be waived for bus patrons.

    Discover the Tamar Island Wetlands – a Seniors Week Event

    Wednesday 18 October at 11am and 2pm

    Enjoy an informative talk (11am or 2pm) about the unique Tamar Island Wetlands, its history, and flora and fauna before walking, picnicking (BYO) or relaxing. A short 500m distance from the interpretation centre takes you to a bird hide with seating where you can observe wetland birds on the lagoon. You may also enjoy the longer walk out to the island. The interpretation centre and boardwalk to the island has easy wheelchair access and disabled toilet facilities. There will be a coffee van in the car park and if you are having trouble hearing the beautiful birdsong the Australian Hearing Bus will be onsite offering free hearing checks. This event is suitable for older adults with limited mobility or those living in an aged-care facility. Bookings to Glenda Daly on 0437 042 929 or COTA Tasmania on 6231 3265.

    Gramping at Mount Field National Park

    Saturday 21 at 3pm until Sunday 22 October at 11am

    Who loves camping with their grandkids? Who has a campfire story to share? Calling all grandparents and grandkids (parents welcome too) to join this Discovery Ranger-led gramping event with spotlight walks, campfire yarns and bill tea, laughter, adventure and family connection. Camping fees will be waived however a valid Parks Pass is required. RSVP essential to Sam Cuff at Sam.Cuff@parks.tas.gov.au or 0400 968 570.

    Old Pelion Hut Centenary Display

    One of Tasmania’s favourite historic mountain huts, Old Pelion Hut in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, is celebrating its centenary this year.

    Built in 1917 as accommodation for the manager of the nearby copper mine, Old Pelion Hut remains a popular landmark on the world-renowned Overland Track with many walkers making the short side trip to see this well-preserved slice of Tasmanian high country history. 

    To mark the centenary a display of images, items and stories will be on show at the Cradle Mountain Interpretation Centre during October and November. 

    People are invited to share their memories and experiences of Old Pelion Hut, particularly during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Photographs and anecdotes can be emailed to oldpelionhut@parks.tas.gov.au

    Old Pelion Hut Centenary Display Dates 
    Dates - October and November 2017 
    Location – Cradle Mountain Interpretation Centre 
    Opening hours – 8:30am to 4pm daily 
    Entry is free.
    For more information email  oldpelionhut@parks.tas.gov.au 

    *An informal gathering at Old Pelion Hut will take place on Saturday 18 November 2017. This event is opened to the general public and more details will be issued in coming weeks.