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Join us for the Power of Parks forum at Launceston

22/07/2016

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) in partnership with the University of Tasmania is exploring The Power of Parks through a series of UTAS public forums celebrating the benefits that parks and reserves provide to Tasmania's overall identify.More

Shipwreck identified as the Viola

19/07/2016

Timber samples from a ship wrecked on Tasmania's East Coast nearly 160 years ago have been identified as the Canadian-built brig Viola.More

Prosecution for Stanley penguin deaths

15/07/2016

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) and the Circular Head Council have conducted a joint investigation after 18 little penguins were found dead near a rookery in Stanley on the State's North-West coast last week.More

Mt Nelson Signal Station

Introduction

The Tasmanian State Flag is raised every day at the Mt Nelson Signal Station (Photo by Steve Johnson)
Built in 1811, the signal station at Mt Nelson was the first to be constructed in Tasmania. Today, Mount Nelson Signal Station offers an fascinating insight into the history of the early colony. Informative panels describe the process of semaphore signaling, station life and the role the station played in report shipping, initially for the Port of Hobart and later for both Hobart and Port Arthur.

The station offers visitors beautiful views over the city and mouth of the Derwent River. There is a picnic area nearby with unsheltered picnic tables and BBQs. The lookouts and adjacent café are wheelchair accessible, as are the toilets next to the carpark. The adjoining Bicentennial Park (managed by Hobart City Council) and Truganini Conservation Area both have extensive walking tracks.

A cafe and restaurant offers visitors a magnificent view over Storm Bay and beyond while enjoying a meal. For information about the restaurant and cafe see www.thestationcafe.com.au.