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Overland Track re-opens for walkers


The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised that the Overland Track will re-open to bushwalkers as of Wednesday morning, 3 February 2016.More

Join in World Wetlands Day celebrations


The Tamar Island Wetlands Centre will host a range of free activities on Tuesday 2 February 2016 to celebrate World Wetlands Day.More

Major fire fighting effort protecting public and state's important values


The Parks and Wildlife Service General Manager Peter Mooney has acknowledged the efforts of Department staff, Tasmania Fire Service, volunteers and interstate firefighters who are continuing to undertake a major effort to protect values and infrastructureMore


Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service community events and activities are held throughout the year in different locations.

Other events are also held in parks and reserves organised by community groups, commercial tourism operators and other organisations.

Please check the Calendar of Events listing below to find out what is happening around the State. 

Calendar of Events

100 years of national parks in Tasmania –

centenary of Mt Field and Freycinet National Parks

We are celebrating one hundred years of national parks in Tasmania in 2016. The year marks the centenary of the state’s first national parks, Mount Field and Freycinet, reserved for the first time on 29 August 1916.

The centenary celebrations got off to a great start with the Discovery Ranger Program delivering fun, entertainment and learning activities with not only the ever-popular guided walks, quiz nights and children’s games but also music, art and health opportunities for local families to enjoy.

More special events are planned throughout the year and you can keep up with news and updates about the centenary by visiting the special centenary website at www.parks.tas.gov.au/centenary

We invite you to join us in celebrating our national parks and reserves during 2016.


BOFA and PWS Short Film Competition

Closes on 1 August 2016


As part of next year’s Centenary Celebrations, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has partnered with the Tasmanian Breath Of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival 

and are sponsoring a short film competition as part of these celebrations which was launched at BOFA 2015 on 7 November. For  information about the competition as well as Terms and Conditions of entry please visit www.bofa.com.au/competitions 


World Wetlands Day 2016 celebrations

Tamar Island Wetlands Centre
‘Wetlands for our future: Sustainable Livelihoods’ is the theme for World Wetlands Day 2016, which is celebrated internationally each year on 2 February.

The Tamar Island Wetlands Centre will host a range of free activities on Tuesday, 2 February and the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service and Glamorgan Spring Bay Council are co-hosting the celebrations at Moulting Lagoon’s ‘Top Bank’ between 12pm and 4pm on Saturday 6th February.

The two special events are part of the centenary celebration of national parks and reserves in Tasmania throughout 2016, with Mount Field and Freycinet proclaimed the first national parks in 1916.

Tamar Island Wetlands WWD 2016 program

Moulting Lagoon WWD 2016 program