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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

Stranded whales returned to the ocean


Three of the 27 long-finned pilot whales that were stranded on Ocean Beach near Strahan have been stabilised and successfully returned to the ocean.

Marine conservation officer Andrew Irvine said the three whales were seen swimming well offshore after being marshalled through Hells Gates by an army of rescuers.

"We will monitor the beaches and waterways around Ocean Beach over the coming days to ensure the whales don't re-strand again," Mr Irvine said.

"This is a great result considering the length of time the animals had been stranded and the hazardous negotiation of Macquarie Harbour.

"We could never have got the whales to relative safety without the help of Severrup Salmon Farm, Parks and Wildlife Service staff, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and a large number of volunteers.

"Samples are being collected from the dead animals in an effort to understand why whales continue to strand themselves on Tasmania's coastline."

Options for disposal of the whale carcasses are currently being considered.

Stranded whales returned to the ocean

Whales rescued from Ocean Beach were rested at Macquarie Harbour before being returned to deeper water.