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Explore Three Capes this August


Tasmania's award-winning Three Capes Track has been a runaway hit with walkers, with more than 28,000 local, national and international visitors completing it since it opened in December 2015.More

Flags fly at Mount Nelson once again


Tasmania's first signal station has been restored more than 200 years since it began operation on Mount Nelson.

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Parks driving boom in visitor numbers


Tasmania’s parks are driving the boom in visitor numbers to the State.

Record numbers of visitors are flocking to Freycinet and Mount Field as the two parks celebrate 100 years since their reservation in 1916.

Visitors to Freycinet increased 16 per cent in 2015-16 to a record 272,000 visitors.  Mount Field has seen a 28 per cent increase in visitation through the same period, which also brings it to a new record of 189,000 visitors.

At Cradle Mountain, the state’s second-most visited park, a total of 228,000 visitors were recorded, an increase of 15 per cent. Increases at other national parks include 17 per cent at Hastings Caves and 16 per cent at Tasman Arch in the Tasman National Park.

Importantly, the Three Capes Track is exceeding all expectations.  So far, nearly 12,000 people have either walked the track, or are booked to walk the track.  Of that more than half are from New South Wales and Victoria, twenty per cent are from Tasmania and nearly 600 international bookings have been received from countries including Austria, Brazil, Indonesia, India, Spain and Sweden.

Another of Tasmania’s iconic walks, the Overland Track, has seen an increase of 16 per cent in walker numbers.

The growth coincides with a steady increase in visitor numbers to Tasmania, which hit a record 1.18 million interstate and international visitors for the 12 months to March 2016.