Our Latest News

Productive summer on the Overland Track

27/06/2017

The Overland Track's summer works program has seen gains in sanitation, historic heritage conservation works and track improvements.More

Improving the World Heritage experience at Heritage Landing

27/06/2017

A major upgrade of the iconic Heritage Landing experience as part of the Gordon River cruise has been successfully completed.More

Exciting times for Cradle Mountain

26/06/2017

Cradle Mountain is one of the jewels in Tasmania's crown of stunning natural locations.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


Liffey Falls now open

Updated 14 June 2016 

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.


Bird River 4wd Track Reopened

Updated 9 June 2017

The Bird River 4wd track and walking access to the Kelly Basin has reopened after the completion of road stabilisation works and the removal of tree falls. 


Mt Roland and Mt Van Dyke Track Closures

Updated 6 June 2017

Visitors are advised the Mt Roland Track and Mt Van Dyke Track via O’Neil’s Road will be closed 13-17 June to allow repair of land slip damage that occurred as a result of the June 2016 storm event.

Bellingham – Bridport 4WD track is now open

Updated 5 June 2017

Parks and Wildlife Service have finalised the 4WD track improvement works along the Bellingham - Bridport 4WD Traverse. PWS have formalised one access track along this popular area by hardening the base of the track where water sits and fenced areas for rehabilitation. A total of 150t of rock has been carted and used in the area to improve access for all off-road vehicles. We are asking all users to respect the signage and works. Further information on the works please contact 4WD Ranger 0427143115.

Access to the Walls of Jerusalem National Park and the Lake Augusta Road

Updated 22 May 2017

Walls of Jerusalem - The Mersey Forest Road is closed at the Fish River just before the turn off to the Walls of Jerusalem National Park car park. Forestry Tasmania are undertaking essential repairs to the Fish River bridge which requires the removal and transportation of the bridge to Launceston via the Mersey Forest Road. It is expected the repair works will take approximately six weeks with access to the Walls of Jerusalem National Park car park available from the end of June 2017. 

Due to recent and predicted rainfall the Parks and Wildlife Service has closed the Lake Augusta Road boom gate at Lake Augusta dam wall to prevent further road damage. There is now no convenient vehicular access to the Walls of Jerusalem National Park via the Central Plateau. 

For information on access to the Walls of Jerusalem National Park and other local walking opportunities please contact the Great Western Tiers field centre on 6701 2104. 

Lake Augusta Road – the Lake Augusta Road is now closed at the Lake Augusta dam wall. The Lake Augusta Road is closed each year at the end of the inland fishing season to protect the road from significant damage caused by vehicles driving in heavy wet and snowy conditions. 

The road is closed over winter and early spring and is usually opened again in early October after the chance of heavy snow falls and spring rains has reduced. The road condition is assessed regularly during September and a decision to open the boom gate is made when the conditions are suitable. 

For more information on Lake Augusta Road please contact the Great Western Tiers field centre on 6701 2104.

Bridport – St Albans Bay 4WD Traverse – Closed 22-26 May and 29-31 May

Updated 22 May 2017

The Parks and Wildlife Service advise that works to repair and improve the inland track of the 4WD traverse between Bridport and St Albans Bay will be undertaken from Monday 22nd – Friday 26th May and Monday 29th – 31st May 2017, subject to weather conditions. 

For works to be completed quickly and to ensure public safety, the track access between the Bridport entry and St Albans Bay will be closed to all users during works. 

Access to the western section of the traverse between Bellingham and St Albans Bay will remain open however visitors are reminded to drive to the conditions, be aware of large machinery and equipment being used and to comply with signage and direction by staff or contractors. 

If you require further information please contact the 4WD Ranger on 0427 143 115.

Freycinet National Park temporary track closures – Wineglass Bay lookout to beach walk and Hazards Beach track

Updated 12 May 2017

The walk to Wineglass Bay at Freycinet National Park is set to be improved with track improvements over the coming months. The track from the lookout to Wineglass Bay beach will be re-constructed to improve visitor comfort and safety by providing improved step levels. 

 Please note access from the carpark to the Wineglass Bay lookout will remain open throughout the project. However, the track from the lookout to Wineglass Bay beach will be closed from 22 May to September 2017 to facilitate helicopter movements and track construction. 

 Work will also be undertaken on the Hazards Beach track to repair flood damage. The track will be subject to temporary closures and short access delays during the construction period of 22 May to September. 

 Access to the Freycinet peninsula by boat and walking via Hazards Beach and The Isthmus will remain open. Access to the many other scenic Freycinet attractions such Cape Tourville, Honeymoon Bay, Richardson’s Beach and the visitor centre is unaffected by the track work on the Wineglass Bay beach track. 

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

Walls of Jerusalem Access

Updated 27 April 2017

The Mersey Forest Rd will be closed at the Fish River just before the turn off to the Walls of Jerusalem National Park car park from May 2017. Forestry Tasmania are undertaking essential repairs to the Fish River bridge which require the removal and transportation of the bridge to Launceston via Mersey Forest Road. It is expected the repair works will take approximately 6 weeks with access to the Walls of Jerusalem National Park car park available from mid June 2017. The Walls of Jerusalem National Park can be accessed via the Lake Fanny track on the Central Plateau.

Track Closures for Cape Raoul and Shipstern Bluff tracks

Updated 12 April 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 July 2017 the tracks will be closed on Tuesdays and other midweek days (weather permitting) to permit helicopter sling loading operations. 

We request park users phone 6250 3980 or 0407 302 850 on the day prior to their intended midweek visit for updated information on closures. 


Temporary Track Closures Cape Pillar and Wughalee Campsite 

Updated 12 April 2017 

Walkers are advised that from 1 May – 12 May inclusive, Old Cape Pillar Track, Cape Pillar Track and Three Capes Track are closed to walkers to permit prescribed burns and track maintenance. 

The Cape Hauy track remains open. 

For further information please call Tasman Field Center 6250 3980


Trevallyn NRA Bike Trails Reopenings

Updated 11 April 2017

Thanks to some consistent and penetrating rainfall over the weekend, the following mountain bike trails have been compacted and are open and ready for use over Easter.
Trevallyn NRA: Wiggly Track - completed and open to public. Hard Case Track – 95% completed, with one small section barricaded but alternative track around the area. Open to public. 
Stolen Spice Track – completed and open. 
Corkscrew Track – completed and open. 
Trails will be assessed after Easter for damage or weak areas, and may have to be closed for a short period. 

Kate Reed NRA: Berm Track - completed and open to public. Warning: there are new black diamond options on the Berm Track, and that riders should take care and assess the features before attempting them. Temporary warning signage is in place, and will be replaced by permanent signs in the near future. Rock Drop Track – currently closed, but anticipate completion before Easter.

Visiting Frenchmans Cap

Updated 10 April 2017

 

Walkers to Frenchmans Cap are advised that the Lake Tahune hut and several of the tent platforms are now open following recent construction works at the site.  

 


Brushy Lagoon Road reopens following flood damage repairs

Updated 23 March 2017

We’re very pleased to announce that the bridge works at Mahoney’s Creek and Black Sugarloaf Creek on the Brushy Lagoon Road have been completed. Both bridges have been rebuilt to 1 in 100 year flood event standard, which should ensure future heavy rain events don’t impact them to the same degree as the previous structures.

The Brushy Lagoon Road will be open to the public as of Saturday, 25 March 2017.

Now that the bridgeworks have been completed, 7 km of the access road will be graded and re-sheeted, which is expected to take approximately four weeks. The road works will commence on Wednesday, 29 March 2017 and will not require Brushy Lagoon Road to be closed, but visitors are asked to drive with caution while these works are being carried out.


Wielangta Rd Bridge Construction Updated Program

Updated 3 March 2017

Works commenced on the replacement of four bridges on Wielangta Road in February 2017. 

A revised bridge replacement program has been provided by Contractors and is outlined below (dates may be subject to change). 

  •  Pony Bottom Bridge (14 February – 14 March)
  •  Sandspit Bridge (6 March – 23 March)
  •  bridge 5.6km north of Bream Creek Rd (14 March – 3 April)
  •  Lady Fern Bridge (3 April – 1 June

During construction of the Pony Bottom Bridge a temporary bypass will be installed to retain access for residents. 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.

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.


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

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

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.

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.


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.

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


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