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Exciting new proposal for Tasmania's South East Cape


Award-winning local tourism operator Ian Johnstone can now progress a new project to lease and licence negotiations under the Tourism Opportunities in Tasmania's National Parks, Reserves and Crown Land process.More

Wineglass Bay track upgrade complete


One of Tasmania's most iconic tourism experiences, the walk to Wineglass Bay from the lookout to the beach, has now re-opened after a $500,000 upgrade initiated through the Government's Tourism Infrastructure in Parks fund.

Tourism opportunity for Tasman Island


Tourists could soon enjoy the beautiful Tasman National Park from the air, as a change to the management plan could open it up for sensitive and appropriate aircraft access.More

The great rabbit hunt is on!


Macquarie Island, once overrun with rabbits, is experiencing a remarkable change following the completion of aerial baiting last month.

While rabbit numbers had dropped dramatically before the baiting began as a result of rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) being introduced to the island’s rabbit population in February 2011, the further reduction in rabbit numbers following baiting was massive.

Since the completion of aerial baiting, six rabbits have been located and accounted for. Another two sightings are still to be followed up. Hunting teams are equipped with firearms, traps, burrow fumigants and a range of detection devices to assist in locating surviving rabbits.

The phase of hunting surviving rabbits is under way with the hunters, dog handlers and their 12 dogs trained specifically for the project since 2008, now combing the island. There are two hunters in each of six blocks of roughly 1,000 hectares each.

Project manager Keith Springer described the preliminary results as ‘extremely encouraging’.

“Although it is still winter, the massive reduction in rabbit numbers (from a population estimated at over 100,000) has already resulted in a release of grazing pressure. Tussocks and megaherbs are beginning to grow, without being grazed down as soon as new shoots emerge. Some slopes are becoming noticeably greener and the coming growing season should see a proliferation of new growth, while burrowing seabird species and invertebrates are expected to respond rapidly in the absence of a rat predation,” he said.

Hunting teams are expected to be deployed annually to the island for several years to search for surviving rabbits.

The great rabbit hunt is on!

Dog handlers (left to right) Jack Bauer, Jane Tansell, Sandy King, Melissa Houghton, Gary Bowcock and Nancye Williams.

The great rabbit hunt is on!

Nancye Williams with Katie and Fin.

The great rabbit hunt is on!

Windy Ridge is one of the 10 field huts that will be used by the hunters and dog handlers.

The great rabbit hunt is on!

Tama the terrier gets a ride home from the field the easy way.

The great rabbit hunt is on!

Pilots and helicopter support staff (from left) Mike Hurley, Brian Beck, Denis Browne, John Oakes, Wayne Terry, Jeremy Dyer, Bryan Paterson and Fletcher Anderson.