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Fuel reduction burns to protect remote World Heritage Wilderness


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Upgraded Julius River bridges improve visitor access


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Mystery Creek Cave reopens


The Mystery Creek Cave system in the Southwest National Park has re-opened to the public this week.

Parks and Wildlife Service Southern Region manager Ashley Rushton, said that the cave was closed in 2006 following a rock fall after a major flood in the cave system.

"A new series of signs have been placed at the track head car park, the track creek crossing and cave entry to alert visitors and cavers to the various hazards involved the cave environment, with the emphasis on the visitors having appropriate caving experience and equipment," Mr Rushton said

"The Mystery Creek cave system is renowned among the State's caving community for being a relatively accessible cave while providing a wide range of wild cave experiences. These include large chambers with glow-worms, creek crossings, challenging climbs through small accesses and abseiling entry points."

The cave is located approximately 75 kilometres south of Hobart in the Southwest National Park. Further information about visiting the Mystery Creek Cave are available by contacting either the Parks and Wildlife field centre at Huonville on 6264 8460 or the visitor centre at the Hastings Caves and Thermal Pool on 6298 3209.