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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 Sustainable Timber Tasmania it is worthwhile checking for road closures on the Sustainable Timber 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

Western Lakes Road at Lake Augusta now OPEN

Updated 18 October 2017 

Western Laked Road at Lake Augusta is now OPEN allowing access to the Nineteen Lagoons area.

A reminder that Nineteen Lagoons is a fuel stove only area and all motor vehicles, including motor bikes are to conform to formed roads.

Freycinet National Park Track OPEN– Wineglass Bay lookout to beach walk and Hazards Beach track

Updated 16 October 2017

The walk to Wineglass Bay at Freycinet National Park Track upgrades and improvements have been completed. The track from the lookout to Wineglass Bay beach has been to improve visitor comfort and safety by providing improved step levels. 

Works to repair flood damage on the Hazards Beach track have also been completed.

For further information, please contact the Freycinet Visitor Centre on 6256 7000.

Lillico penguin viewing platform now open

Updated 10 October 2017 

The penguin viewing platform at the Lillico Beach Conservation Area on the Bass Highway west of Devonport is now complete and open to the public.

Russel Falls Western Side Track Closure

Updated 10 October 2017 

The Parks and Wildlife Service wish to advise that works to the Western side of the Russel Falls Track upgrade are underway with the track surface being upgraded and widened to provide full wheelchair access to Australia W1 standard.  There will be some movement of machinery around the Visitor Centre, where some noise may come from site although will be kept to a minimum.  Work has commenced and will conclude approximately on late November 2017.

During this time, some glow worms may still be visible from the left hand side of the viewing platform, others have been sighted around the higher viewing platform above the right had side of the main viewing deck.

Any enquiries to the Mount Field PWS Office between 9.00am and 4.30pm on  03 6288 1149

Crotty Road Closure

Updated 10 October 2017

The Parks and Wildlife Service wish to advise that works to re-decking of the Andrew River Bridge will commence around Monday 16 October 2017 and will conclude approximately on Monday 30 October 2017.

During this time, Crotty Road from the Darwin Dam site onward to restrict any access into the Bird River Recreational Area.

Any enquiries to the Strahan PWS Office between 8.00am and 4.30pm on 03 6472 6020.

Dora Point Campground Temporary Toilet/Shower Closure

Updated 15 September 2017

The Parks and Wildlife Service wish to advise that works to repair the Humbug Point Dam will commence on Wednesday 20 September 2017 and will conclude approximately on Friday 6 October 2017.

During this time, the Dora Point toilet / shower block will be closed.

The Parks and Wildlife Service apologises for any inconvenience this closure may cause and asks campers to be self sufficient with chemical toilets (dump site at Tully Street, St Helens), or utilise alternative campsites in the Bay of Fires Conservation Area and Moulting Bay. 

Any enquiries to the St Helens PWS Office between 8.00am and 4.30pm on 63 875510.

Track Closures for Cape Raoul and Shipstern Bluff tracks

Updated 25 September 2017

Construction upgrades continue on the Cape Raoul and Shipstern Bluff tracks. These tracks will be open every weekend and public holidays (including Easter and ANZAC Day). From April to October 2017 the tracks will be closed on Tuesdays and other midweek days (weather permitting) to permit helicopter sling loading operations.

Helicopter operations are currently planned for 26, 27 and 28 September 2017. Both tracks will be closed unless operations are postponed due to inclement weather.

We request park users phone 6250 3980 or 0429 661 513 on the day prior to their intended midweek visit for updated information on closures.

Trout Creek Camping Access Reopens

Updated 13 July 2017

Visitors are advised that Break O’Day Council have just finished replacing a washed out bridge (from the June 2016 floods) that provided access from the southern end to Trout Creek camping ground. This route is via Scamander and Upper Scamander Road.

Wielangta Road bridges complete

Updated 4 July 2017

The replacement of four bridges on Wielangta Road is complete, signalling a major step forward in the overall upgrade of the road. 

The new bridges are part of a $1.2 million project to upgrade the road to improve its long term sustainability as a tourism route. 

While the road is now open from Orford to Kellevie, it is not currently recommended for two-wheel drive vehicles and drivers are advised to drive with caution.  Further upgrades to the road surface and drainage are planned for later this year.

Bruny Island Neck Improvements

Updated 3 July 2017 

Works to improve safety for road users, visitors and wildlife at the Bruny Island Neck will be starting on Thursday 6 July, continuing through to December 2017.

Access to the existing carpark and Bruny Island Neck walkway will be closed for the duration of construction.

There will be some disruption to traffic with speed restrictions and altered road conditions. Road users are reminded to slow down, approach the work site with caution, follow all traffic control instructions and allow extra time for their journey, particularly when planning to meet a ferry.

The Department of State Growth and Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service are jointly delivering the project that will include: 

  •  widening and sealing 2.5 kilometres of Bruny Island Main Road along The Neck,
  • ? construction of a larger car park that will provide room for 24 vehicles and bus parking with safer entry and exit driveway accesses, 
  • ? a dedicated wildlife zone within The Neck for the resident Little Penguins and shearwaters, including penguin tunnels under the road, fencing and signage. 

Works have been timed to avoid the penguin and shearwater breeding period and away from peak visitor times. 

Further information about the works can be found on the Transport website: www.transport.tas.gov.au/road/projects/

Full re-opening of Mersey Forest Road – vehicle access restored to Walls of Jerusalem

Updated 30 June 2017

Driver access to the Walls of Jerusalem National Park has today been restored with the reopening of the Fish River Bridge on the Mersey Forest Road. The reinstatement of the Fish River bridge is complete, allowing direct vehicle access to the Walls of Jerusalem National Park main parking area and the remaining length of the Mersey Forest Road.

Liffey Falls now open

Updated 14 June 2017

Access to upper Liffey Falls has reopened following the completion of road works. The falls can now be reached from both the upper and lower access points. For further details, see our Visitors Guide.

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.

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.

Devils Gullet Walking Track CLOSED till further notice 

Updated 17th October 2017

Please note that the due to fire damage the walking track to Devils Gullet remains closed.  Track works are currently being undertaken and proposed to be finished by early to mid November.

For further information please contact:

Great Western Tiers Field Centre 

Phone: 03 67012171 or 0418 569 563