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Fuel reduction burns to protect remote World Heritage Wilderness


A number of large-scale fuel reduction burns will take place within remote areas of the Southwest, Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers and Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair national parks and the Southwest Conservation Area over the coming months.More

Southwest ecological burns important for orange-bellied parrot conservation


Planned ecological burns in Southwest National Park will help regenerate important habitat areas for the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot.More

Upgraded Julius River bridges improve visitor access


Bridge upgrades at the Julius River Regional Reserve are now complete.More

Copper Cove boardwalk ready for summer walkers


A boardwalk along the scenic Coastal Track from Bakers Beach to Badger Beach at Narawntapu National Park has been completed just in time to welcome the influx of walkers visiting in spring and summer. The three plank boardwalk was constructed to replace the existing boardwalk after it was destroyed by fire in 2013.

The boardwalk will help to reduce erosion at stream crossings caused by foot traffic. Four separate sections have been reconstructed. In addition to the boardwalk, a new bench seat overlooks the windswept, picturesque Copper Cove.  Copper Cove can be reached via the Coastal Track from either the Springlawn or Badger Head ends of the park. It is a moderate half-day walk featuring stunning views of the northwest coast and Bass Strait with Mt Roland, Black Bluff and the Dial Range visible on clear days.

The project provided a good opportunity for old hands to teach both new and less experienced staff skills in boardwalk construction. On most days the construction team was treated to the sight of a pair of white-bellied sea eagles soaring above the coastline.

Copper Cove boardwalk ready for summer walkers

A stream crossing along the track before the boardwalk was rebuilt.

Copper Cove boardwalk ready for summer walkers

The new boardwalk at the stream crossing.

Copper Cove boardwalk ready for summer walkers

The fire-blackened landscape after a bushfire in 2013.

Copper Cove boardwalk ready for summer walkers

Copper Cove on Bass Strait.

Copper Cove boardwalk ready for summer walkers

Staff at work during construction.