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Viewing platform upgrades for Rocky Cape's Aboriginal heritage sites

13/02/2018

Two viewing platforms have been replaced as part of visitor facility improvements at Rocky Cape National Park on the North-West Coast. The platforms are at the Lee Archer Cave and South Cave sites, which have highly significant Aboriginal heritage values.More

Urban focus for World Wetlands Day

01/02/2018

'Wetlands for a sustainable future' is the theme for World Wetlands Day 2018. This international celebration of the significance of wetland environments is held annually on 2 February.More

Stage Three of Three Capes Track complete

29/01/2018

Stage Three of the award-winning Three Capes Track has now been completed. The Cape Raoul and Shipstern Bluff lookout tracks have been upgraded to a class 3 dry boot standard track consistent with the existing Three Capes walks.More

Improvements await Freycinet visitors

09/01/2006

Freycinet National Park, the State's oldest and first coastal national park, is set for the annual influx of summer visitors with recent infrastructure improvements totalling $1 million.

Labor Member for Lyons, Heather Butler, said a major upgrade of the car park at the start of the Wineglass Bay track would provide a greatly enhanced visitor experience.

"During the peak summer period, traffic management at this site has been a real challenge," she said.

"The fully sealed car park has been increased to about 180 spaces with designated disabled, bus and campervan spaces.
"There's a new drop-off and pick-up area and the entrance to the walking tracks will be improved.

"Pedestrian safety has also been improved by these changes."

Mrs Butler said work would start in the next two weeks to upgrade the Wineglass Bay lookout track, the single most important attraction in Freycinet National Park.

"Freycinet is one of Tasmania's icon parks with the highest number of visits each year, about 206,000," she said.

"Nearly 70 per cent of visitors to the park, approximately 140,000 people per year, use this track and in peak times this can total as many as 1700 people a day.

"The upgrade involves re-surfacing part of the track and building new sections for one-way traffic."

The track redevelopment will address issues of over-crowding, the steep gradient and slippery track surface.

Another recent improvement is a new composting toilet at the Hazards Beach.

The modern facility replaces the last of the 'long-drops' on the Freycinet peninsula.

"There are now composting toilets at Cooks Beach, Wineglass Bay and the Hazards - a win for the environment and the comfort of walkers," Mrs Butler said.

Funding for the car park and walking track upgrade has been provided by the State Government's Economic and Social Infrastructure Fund.

This initiative is part of the State Government's commitment to progressing Tasmania Together Goal 21 - Value, protect and conserve our natural and cultural heritage.