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Repairing the infrastructure of Tasmania's parks

19/08/2016

The flood and storm events in June and July of this year had a significant impact on Tasmania's iconic national parks and reserves, and the current damage bill is expected to exceed $6.4 million.More

Festival of Bright Ideas

05/08/2016

As part of the celebration of the centenary of Tasmania's national parks, and in conjunction with National Science Week, a four day community event showcasing science, culture, food, tourism, music, innovation and health is being held on the West Coast.More

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

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.