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Visitor safety under the spotlight in new walker safety video


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


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


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

Lake Mackintosh and Sardine Creek fires update


The public should be aware of continued smoke impacts in Cradle Valley, Moina, Eriba, Tullah, Hampshire and Roseberry due to bushfires in the area. Parks and Wildlife Service incident controller, Geoff Coles, said yesterday the fire near Lake Mackintosh significantly increased in size, and the fire at Sardine Creek , also remains active though fire fighters are on the ground.

Mr Coles said it is difficult to predict where the worst smoke impacts will be, as variable winds are affecting both fires. A smoke haze blanketed many north-west locations last night and this morning, and people with respiratory problems are advised to stay indoors if adversely affected.

“After being closed yesterday evening, the Overland Track has reopened this morning, as our early morning reconnaissance flight determined the Track to be quite safe and under no immediate risk from fire.”

“PWS, TFS and Forestry Tasmania Crews have all worked really hard on the Sardine Creek fire over the weekend, and kept it from making a large run into high value wilderness areas.”

“The Lake Mackintosh fire has very difficult access, and is burning in very tall forest. We will continue to monitor this fire, however due to variable nature of the winds, residents in the Tullah area asked to make sure they have a fire plan in place.”

Wayatinah fire - Mt Field alpine area closure:

The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised that due to the potential threat to the alpine area of Mt Field National Park by the Wayatinah fire, the Lake Dobson Road that provides access to the alpine area of the park has been closed. Walkers are being re-located from that area this morning.

While the fire poses no immediate threat, there is the potential for it to spot into the park with worsening conditions tomorrow and Wednesday.

This closure affects only the alpine area of the park. The day use area around the visitor centre and the Russell Falls and Tall Trees tracks are open.