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Congratulations to Working on Country graduates


A partnership program between the Tasmanian Government and the Australian Government has seen four Working on Country Aboriginal rangers gain professional qualifications in land management.More

Mount Field centenary celebrations


Two of Tasmania's most loved parks, Freycinet and Mount Field, were first reserved on 29 August 1916 and this milestone is being celebrated during the year with a variety of events.

Big Green Island rat eradication under way


The first stage of a project to eradicate rats from Big Green Island and provide increased protection for its biodiversity values, is under way, following the installation of more than 2,100 bait stations using the latest digital technology.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.


2016 Wildcare Tasmania Nature Writing Prize

Closes 2 May 2016

The competition opened on February 29 and closes on Monday May 2 at midnight. 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/ 

Major prize - 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.) Minor prizes – at the judges’ discretion up to two AU$250 cash prizes may be awarded. 

The winner will be announced at the Freycinet National Park Centenary Celebration on the weekend of 27 and 28 August 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