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New lease of life for original lighthouse vents

15/05/2018

As part of the ongoing conservation of the Cape Bruny and Maatsuyker Island lighthouses, a team effort has been underway to restore the original bronze vents from the lighthouses' lantern rooms.More

Record visitor numbers at Highfield Historic Site

09/05/2018

Visitation numbers at Highfield Historic Site in Stanley have reached a record high, with 12,535 people visiting in the 12 months ending March 2018.More

Cradle Mountain shuttle bus tender awarded

08/05/2018

A new bus fleet featuring environmentally friendly technology and vehicles with improved accessibility and increased capacity will help to meet increasing visitor numbers following the awarding of the tender to McDermott Coaches.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.