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Exciting new proposal for Tasmania's South East Cape


Award-winning local tourism operator Ian Johnstone can now progress a new project to lease and licence negotiations under the Tourism Opportunities in Tasmania's National Parks, Reserves and Crown Land process.More

Wineglass Bay track upgrade complete


One of Tasmania's most iconic tourism experiences, the walk to Wineglass Bay from the lookout to the beach, has now re-opened after a $500,000 upgrade initiated through the Government's Tourism Infrastructure in Parks fund.

Tourism opportunity for Tasman Island


Tourists could soon enjoy the beautiful Tasman National Park from the air, as a change to the management plan could open it up for sensitive and appropriate aircraft access.More

Macquarie Harbour Whale Stranding



Efforts are underway to rescue a large sperm whale stranded in Macquarie Harbour. Parks and Wildlife Western District Manager Shane Breen said this evening that slow progress had been made to get the 12 metre sperm whale to deeper water.

"The whale is in slightly deeper water and appears to be OK with its breathing regular.

"A very careful operation is being undertaken to ensure the animal is not too stressed by the operation.

"We need to avoid the whale becoming stressed and entangled in the net.

"Twenty personnel including PWS, DPIWE, Police and local Fish Farm operators are currently working to free the whale which is in about 1.5m of water on Fraser Flats inside the Harbour.

"A 30m fishing net is being used between 2 fish farm vessels to attempt to 'crowd' the animal into deeper water.

"It is a technique that has been used successfully on Flinders Island in the rescue of a Sperm whale last year.

"Obviously conditions are very different here but the method is being trialled again.

"Sperm whales are occasional visitors to Tasmanian waters.

"There were eleven whales stranded on Flinders Island last November.

"In 1998, 62 Sperm whales were stranded on Ocean beach near Strahan.

"The cause of this stranding at this stage is unknown."