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Visitor safety under the spotlight in new walker safety video


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


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


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

Bruny Island tourism improvements


Two of Bruny Island’s major tourism drawcards, The Neck and the South Bruny Lighthouse site, are being upgraded by the Parks and Wildlife Service.

It is estimated that visitation to The Neck is about 56,000 visitors per year and the upgrades, valued in excess of $500,000, will see the replacement of The Neck’s ageing timber staircase and viewing platform in a staged project.

While the current timber structures have served the site well, they have reached the end of their serviceable life and the new structure will meet current building codes and provide improved access.

Stage 1 will see the construction of a new wheelchair accessible walkway from the existing car park to a new bird viewing area, saddle viewing area and beach viewing area, and continuing the track to the top of the slope with a new staircase and lookout. Stage 3 includes replacing the existing car park and toilet facility.

It is expected that works will begin in autumn 2017 and will be staged to provide visitor access as far as possible during construction. In order to minimise disturbance to rookery birds, construction will only be undertaken between April and October.

Another Bruny Island tourism icon, the South Bruny Lighthouse site, has seen maintenance works completed during the summer and autumn months.

The three light keepers’ quarters have been re-roofed in a heritage red which not only is more in keeping with the original colours of the buildings, but which blends into the landscape.

The Bruny Island lighthouse also received a much-needed facelift, with restoration works including a fresh coat of paint.

Plans are being developed to improve visitor access at the site to better cope with the increasing visitation and deliver an improved visitor experience.