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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

Maria Island ferry service will unlock tourism opportunities


The Tasmanian Government has secured a new, year-round regular passenger ferry service to Maria Island National Park, which will help the island fulfil its potential to be one of the state’s best tourism attractions. 

The Navigators Group were successful in their bid to be the single operator of ferry services to the island and it will provide three sailings a day each way during the peak period and regular sailings during the off peak period.

This new, high-quality, regular and reliable passenger and freight service to Maria Island will help secure the island's growing reputation as a jewel in the crown for east coast tourism and for Tasmania generally, and this in turn will help grow the region’s tourism industry while creating jobs and supporting further growth in the local economy.

The Navigators Group was selected as the sole operator of a ferry operation following assessment by a panel including representatives from the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, the Department of State Growth and the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority.  The initial contract term is for five years, which will provide long-term certainty for both The Navigators Group and for visitors to the region. 

Approximately 23,000 visitors travelled to the island in 2015-16 – an increase of 10 per cent on the previous year.

Additionally, the Tasmanian Visitor Survey says visitors to nearby Orford increased by five per cent to 96,900 in the 12 months ending March 2016, and visitors to the entire east coast region increased by five per cent to 331,700 visitors.

The Navigators Group will commence the new service from March 2017.