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Campfire restrictions extended due to increasing fire risk


In the interests of public safety, the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has brought in extensive campfire restrictions as the fire risk continues to increase this summer.More

Improved toilet facilities at Bruny Island


The Parks and Wildlife Service has completed work on a new toilet facility at the Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve.More

Further upgrade to South Coast Track


The South Coast Track is one of Tasmania's great bushwalks, and the completion of recent upgrades has significantly improved the user experience along the track before the start of the peak walking season.More

Make the devil one of your wild friends


The new free, fun Tas Parks Wild Friends Devil App, produced by the Parks and Wildlife Service, features Tasmania’s most iconic native species, the Tasmanian devil, in an animated, interactive role.  

The new app is a great way for users to learn more about the Tasmanian devil, and have fun with the virtual devil, while contributing to devil conservation via the Save the Tasmanian Devil page in the app.

Parks and Wildlife Service general manager Peter Mooney said the new app is a collaborative effort with the Hobart company Adam Walker Studios.

“It will be lots of fun for people of all ages and particularly for visitors to Tasmania’s parks, who are always keen to see and learn about iconic native species such as devils.

“Users of the app will be able to take photographs of friends alongside the virtual devil, and an additional product, a 3D pop-up scene, provides a playground for the devil so visitors can enjoy this fun at home. There are devil facts and an interactive quiz to test your devil knowledge,” Peter said.

Once visitors download the app, they can acquire the animated devil by either; pointing their smartphone/tablet at a national park passport (available with an annual park pass), pointing the device at a Wild Friends 3D paper scene, or at Cradle Mountain National Park, pointing the device’s camera at the Dove Lake 60 Great Short Walks sign.

The Parks and Wildlife Services continues to produce innovative digital products that help people to access information about Tasmania’s parks, recreational opportunities and unique wildlife. This app follows on from the success of previous digital apps including Bird in the Hand, and 60 Great Short Walks.

The free app is available through the iTunes store and Google Play. It can be used with an iOS or Android smart phone or tablet. The Wild Friends 3D paper scene is available from major park centres and the Parks Shop for $7.95.