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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

Franklin River Nature Trail cleared and resurfaced

23/06/2014

The Franklin River Nature Trail on the Lyell Highway, is in great shape following a program of track clearing and resurfacing by Parks and Wildlife Service staff and contractors.


Northwest Region ranger Ben Hill said the track, one of Tasmania’s 60 Great Short Walks, was popular with visitors.


“The walk receives between 1,000 to 2,500 visits each week, with greater numbers using the picnic grounds and toilet facilities,” Ben said.


“It’s a beautiful walk past the running rivers, with the lush greens of the rainforest interspersed with splashes of reds, yellow and blues of fungi on the forest floor.”


About half of the 1.2 km track was re-surfaced after staff removed years of accumulated moss and grass growth from the picnic grounds and a contractor removed several dangerous trees. Sixty tonnes of gravel was then spread and firmed up with a wacker packer. Regional staff involved included Ben Murphy, Gary Cole, James Mundy, Nathan Secombe and Adam Reading.


 

Franklin River Nature Trail cleared and resurfaced

The Franklin River Nature Trail before clearing works.

Franklin River Nature Trail cleared and resurfaced

...after new gravel has been laid.

Franklin River Nature Trail cleared and resurfaced

The picnic area grounds before works began.

Franklin River Nature Trail cleared and resurfaced

...after clearing and new gravel.