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Horsetail Falls walk now open


Visitors to the West Coast are in for some spectacular views on the new Horsetail Falls walk near Queenstown.More

Bruny Island Neck lookout re-opens


The walkways and lookout at the Bruny Island Neck will re-open to the public today, following the completion of a new, larger car park that will provide improved access to the popular lookout.More

Maintaining vigilance with campfires


Parks and Wildlife Service staff have thanked the many campers who have heeded the restrictions placed on campfires and pot fires, but ask that park and reserve visitors continue to take care while the fire risk remains high in certain areas of the State.More

Bicheno holiday break for southern elephant seal


A sub-adult southern elephant seal is creating interest from the public as it takes a rest break on its long journey from its most likely home port of Macquarie Island, approximately 1500 km south of Tasmania.

Acting ranger in charge at Freycinet, Richard Dakin, said the seal appears to be a sub-adult which is moulting. Rangers have placed signs and ropes to help limit disturbance by the interested public.

“The seal has been in the area for about a week and just needs to rest. It does not need water or food. It may be present for some time while it grows a new coast of skin and fur,” Richard said.

Southern elephant seals are the largest of all seals, with males reaching 4 - 5 m in length and 2 200 kg in weight.

Bicheno holiday break for southern elephant seal

The sub-adult southern elephant seal resting on the boat ramp at Bicheno.

Bicheno holiday break for southern elephant seal

People are keeping their distance from the seal on the ramp - just visible past the foreground.