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Repairing the infrastructure of Tasmania's parks

19/08/2016

The flood and storm events in June and July of this year had a significant impact on Tasmania's iconic national parks and reserves, and the current damage bill is expected to exceed $6.4 million.More

Festival of Bright Ideas

05/08/2016

As part of the celebration of the centenary of Tasmania's national parks, and in conjunction with National Science Week, a four day community event showcasing science, culture, food, tourism, music, innovation and health is being held on the West Coast.More

Join us for the Power of Parks forum at Launceston

22/07/2016

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) in partnership with the University of Tasmania is exploring The Power of Parks through a series of UTAS public forums celebrating the benefits that parks and reserves provide to Tasmania's overall identify.More

Mt Field

Introduction

Russell Falls, upper tier, c.1900

Russell Falls, upper tier,
c.1900 (Tasmania Library,
State Library of Tasmania)

The natural beauty of Mt Field has been officially recognised for over one hundred years. Tasmania's first nature reserve was created around Russell Falls in 1885. The area set aside for protection and public enjoyment was then greatly extended with the formation of the Mt Field National Park in 1916. Along with Freycinet, it is the oldest national park in Tasmania.

Mt Field National Park has long been a favourite destination among residents of Hobart, partly due to its close proximity to the capital city, but also because of its great beauty and diversity. Further information for visitors can be found at our Visitors Guide to Tasmania's National Parks.