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Improved toilet facilities at Bruny Island


The Parks and Wildlife Service has completed work on a new toilet facility at the Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve.More

Further upgrade to South Coast Track


The South Coast Track is one of Tasmania's great bushwalks, and the completion of recent upgrades has significantly improved the user experience along the track before the start of the peak walking season.More

New Visitor Guide to showcase Tasmania


The new Parks and Wildlife Service Visitor guide showcases Tasmania's stunning natural environment and is the perfect companion for visitors and locals to explore what Tasmania has to offer.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 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. Short-term and short-notice closures may be posted on the Parks and Wildlife Service facebook page, or on notice boards at the reserve.

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

Visitor warning and advice – please note

Updated 17 January 2018

The very hot, dry and windy conditions forecast for Thursday 18 January may trigger track and reserve closures that will affect visitors. Visitors are advised to check with the relevant location about any such closures ahead of their travelling to avoid disappointment. 

The Tasmania Fire Service has declared a Total Fire Ban for the South, Northern Midlands and Break O’Day municipalities from midnight tonight. This means no fires can be lit outdoors, including campfires, wood fuel barbecues and fire pots. 

The ban remains in place for at least 24 hours. 

If you are out and about visiting a park or reserve please follow any advice from staff, respect signage instructions, monitor any TFS alerts and be aware of your own safety. We thank everyone for their cooperation. 

Please see the office locations and contacts for more information http://parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=7710

Closures for Cape Raoul and Shipstern Bluff Walking Tracks

Upgrades to these walking tracks are nearing completion.

Several more helicopter flying days are required to deliver materials and, at completion, remove contractor equipment. Helicopter operations are generally programmed for a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday depending on favourable weather. During helicopter operations on these days, both tracks will be closed most of the day for visitor safety.

Please also note brief helicopter operations (+/-1hr) may need to occur on a Monday or Friday to transport excavators and tools, and a section of track may need to be closed for a short time period. If this occurs when you are walking either track, please follow the direction of Parks staff and contractors.

Both track are always open on weekend days.

We request park users phone 6250 3980 or 0429 661 513 on the day prior to their intended visit for updated information on closures.
Hastings Thermal Springs pool temporarily closed

Updated 15 January 2018

Due to the need to carry out unexpected maintenance of the Hastings Thermal Springs pool, the Parks and Wildlife Service will need to close the pool until Friday19 January.  

The Hastings caves, visitor centre and barbeque areas remain open for visitors to enjoy.

For further information, please contact the Hastings Caves Visitor centre on (03) 6298 3209

Russell Falls Track update

Updated 3 January 2018 

The latest upgrades to the Russell Falls track are expected to be completed early in the new year. The new track will be a wheelchair standard track along the western side of Russell Falls Creek. While construction continues on the western side of Russell Falls Creek, on the eastern side of the creek, wheelchair access is possible to the new pedestrian bridge. The gravel track beyond the bridge to the falls is not suitable for wheelchairs. 

We very much regret this inconvenience but it will be only for a short period of time until the work is complete early in the new year. 

For further information please contact visitor centre staff on 6288 1149.

Stormlea Road road and car park works November-mid-February 2018

Updated 2 November 2017

Work will begin in November 2017 to construct upgraded vehicle and pedestrian access at the Cape Raoul and Shipstern Bluff trackhead at the end of Stormlea Road on the Tasman Peninsula. Construction is expected to be complete by late January 2017.

During construction beware of large vehicles and machinery working on the road and in the car park. Beware of people walking on the road and please observe warning signs and follow safety instructions.

During construction there may be delays and fewer parking spaces available. To avoid delaying construction and damage to your vehicle, please park only where directed. For short periods the tracks may be closed.

During the construction period, please consider avoiding the Stormlea Road area and visiting one of the many alternative walks on the Tasman Peninsula, such as the Cape Hauy, Waterfall Bluff, and Crescent Bay/Mt Brown tracks. For more information about alternative walking options go to http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=3876

Visiting Frenchmans Cap - Lake Tahune hut Construction CLOSURE

Updated 25 October 2017

Walkers are advised that work has begun on the construction of a new hut at Lake Tahune.

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 no access to the hut during the construction period.

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.

The Parks and Wildlife Service apologises for any inconvenience and thanks walkers for their cooperation

For further information contact the Ulverstone office on 6464 3008.

Russell Falls (Mount Field National Park) Western Side Track CLOSURE

Updated 10 October 2017 
The Parks and Wildlife Service wish to advise that works to the Western side of the Russell Falls Track upgrade at Mount Field National Park are under way 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.  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 hand side of the main viewing deck.

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

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/

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.