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Update on work to restore access to flood-affected sites


The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is continuing repair work to restore access to sites affected by the June flood event.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.More

Replacement of facilities at Lake Tahune


A tender has been advertised for the demolition and replacement of the hut and toilet facilities at Lake Tahune on the Frenchmans Cap walking track.More


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.


larapuna Community Weekend

For the third consecutive year, the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is running the larapuna Community Weekend in the Bay of Fires region.

PWS, the Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania, Birdlife Tasmania, the Tasmanian Walking Company, NRM North, Break O’Day Council, Friends of Eddystone Point and the local community join forces for three days to walk 35 kilometres of coastline, pull thousands of invasive sea spurge plants and collect/classify 100 kilograms of marine debris. The event provides a wonderful opportunity to not only share connections, celebrate the diverse heritage values of the region and tackle two environmental issues together but to also forge new connections to the place and foster positive working relationships with the diverse group of individuals and stakeholders.

Last year, all 100 kilograms of debris was classified by 50 grade five and six school children at St Leonards Primary School. This follow up work not only allowed the data to be uploaded into Tangaroa Blue’s Marine Debris Database but most importantly, for the next generation to be engaged in the conversation about this worldwide issue. Please see the flyer (PDF 484KB) for more information and to RSVP for this exciting event in our centenary year.

Arum lily eradication Volunteer Event at Arthur - Pieman Conservation Area

Arum Lily is an invasive weed that takes over waterways, wetlands, coastal heathland and buttongrass moorland, choking native plants and impeding water flows. 
Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service supported by Cradle Coast NRM funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme invite you to help us remove these weeds from the conservation area. 
On Saturday 23rd July* From 9.30am to 3.00pm 
See our Flyer for full details.
*Please be aware this event is weather dependant.

2016 Wildcare Tasmania Nature Writing Prize 

Entries to the 2016 Wildcare Tasmania Nature Writing Prize closed on 29 May. The winner will be announced at the Freycinet National Park Centenary Celebration on the weekend of 27-28 August.

This year's major prize is AU$5 000 cash, plus the option of a two-week residency in a Tasmanian national park, and up to AU$1500 towards airfares if this option is taken up. (Date and venue restrictions apply.) At their discretion, the judges may award up to two AU$250 cash prizes may be awarded.

The prize has been running since 2003. More information about the competition is available on the Tasmanian Writers Centre website at www.taswriters.org/natureprize/

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