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Ken Bacon, MHA
Minister for Tourism Parks and Heritage

Three different guided walks will be held in Tasmania's parks as part of Get Walking Tasmania Week from October 1 to 7.

"Spring time is a great time to explore Tasmania's parks with many native plants in flower," Tourism, Parks and Heritage Minister Ken Bacon said today.

"Walking is a great way to get fit, get healthy and have fun while also experiencing Tasmania's unique scenery, plants and animals.

The guided walks will be held at Narawntapu National Park, Mt Wellington and the Tamar Islands Wetlands.

"Narawntapu is well-known for its native wildlife and the four-hour ranger-guided walk will visit areas of the park that are a bit off the beaten track," Mr Bacon said.

"The Tamar Island Wetlands is a unique urban wetland reserve just 10 minutes' drive from the heart of Launceston. This activity includes a half-hour interpretive talk at the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre and then visitors are free to explore the wetlands.

"Birds are a major drawcard of the wetlands and birds of all shapes and sizes can be seen there, from pelicans to wrens and raptors to waders.

"At Mt Wellington, the unique alpine vegetation and stunning views will be the main attraction of a three hour walk starting at The Springs car park."

This walk finishes with billy tea and a talk on walking safety and minimal impact practices.

For the longer walks at Narawntapu and Mt Wellington, walkers are advised they should have sturdy walking shoes or boots, warm clothing, wet weather gear, drinking water and lunch.

Details of the walks are as follows:

Narawntapu National Park - Thursday, October 7 at 11am, starting from the Visitor Information Centre at Narawntapu.
Tamar Island Wetland Centre - Tuesday October 5 at 2pm and Wednesday, October 6 at 11am starting at the Tamar Island Wetland Centre.
Mt Wellington, the Springs Circuit on Monday, October 4 at 10.30am, starting from The Springs car park.

For further information, visit the Get Walking Tasmania Week website at www.getwalking.tas.gov.au

This initiative is part of the State Government's commitment to progressing Tasmania Together Goals 21 - Value, protect and conserve our natural and cultural heritage.

Further information:
Craig Martin 62 33 2305