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New lease of life for original lighthouse vents


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


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


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

Rescued whales swimming freely in Bass Strait


Satellite tracking devices fitted to five whales that were rescued following a mass stranding at Stanley on Saturday indicate the whales are swimming freely in deep water in Bass Strait.

The Parks and Wildlife Service's Parks and Reserves West Coast manger, Chris Arthur, said five of the 11 long-finned pilot whales that were returned to the water at Godfreys Beach at Stanley yesterday, were fitted with the tracking devices in what is a first for whale rescues in Tasmania.

Mr Arthur said that the tracking devices indicated that as of this morning, the whales were swimming freely in Bass Strait about 15 nautical miles north-east of Table Cape.

"While this is good news, we will monitor the wider area with an aircraft scheduled to undertake a surveillance flight this morning," Mr Arthur said.

Autopsies will be undertaken on the dead whales today and the whales will be buried tomorrow.

Fifty-three whales died in the stranding.