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Visitor safety under the spotlight in new walker safety video

16/04/2018

Visitor safety in Tasmania's national parks and reserves has received a major investment with a suite of projects, including a new feature video on bushwalking preparation and safety.More

Draft Frenchmans Cap Recreation Zone Plan 2018

12/04/2018

The Parks and Wildlife Service has released the Draft Recreation Zone Plan 2018 for the Frenchmans Cap area.More

Redeveloped Lake Tahune Hut now open

12/04/2018

A locally designed and built, energy-efficient and sustainable hut is now welcoming bushwalkers at Lake Tahune on the Frenchmans Cap Track in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.More

New Wineglass Bay Track a step forward for Tasmanian tourism

13/02/2009

The new loop track to the spectacular Wineglass Bay Lookout in Freycinet National Park is providing visitors with a world-class tourism experience.

North East Coast Parks and Reserves manager Dave Frelek said the track has had a good workout during the peak summer season.

"Freycinet attracts about 207,000 visitors each year. Up to 1,500 people a day walk to the lookout in summer and the track has been a boon to visitors this peak season," Mr Frelek said.

Mr Frelek said the major improvements are:
· the track's one-way "loop" configuration,
· a reduction in the number of steps from 600 to less than 200,
· the addition of 52 new resting places, and
· a surface upgrade.

"Visitors are enjoying a better experience on a quality track that offers spectacular lookouts over Coles Bay," he said.

"Wineglass Bay's reputation as one of the world's most beautiful beaches is a lure to the average tourist and families who want to trek up to the Wineglass Bay Lookout.

"They are generally not experienced bushwalkers and many found the previous track very challenging.''

Mr Frelek said that the replacement offers a world-class experience and includes new signage which provides detailed information about the track and the type of equipment required.

"The track has also been built to last well into the future with extensive use of stone in culverts, stairs and track edges for minimum maintenance."

New Wineglass Bay Track a step forward for Tasmanian tourism

Visitors from Sydney taking advantage of one of the many new rest stops on the Wineglass Bay Lookout track.

New Wineglass Bay Track a step forward for Tasmanian tourism

Parks and Reserves manager Dave Frelek on a section of track that highlights the granite rock of Freycinet.

New Wineglass Bay Track a step forward for Tasmanian tourism

Curved hand rails add to the track's natural feel. This section is in the boulderfields.

New Wineglass Bay Track a step forward for Tasmanian tourism

The new loop track includes a new spacious lookout over Coles Bay.

New Wineglass Bay Track a step forward for Tasmanian tourism

A series of beautifully constructed stone steps tackle a steep section of track near the saddle.