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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

Shipwreck identified as the Viola

19/07/2016

Timber samples from a ship wrecked on Tasmania's East Coast nearly 160 years ago have been identified as the Canadian-built brig Viola.More

Prosecution for Stanley penguin deaths

15/07/2016

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) and the Circular Head Council have conducted a joint investigation after 18 little penguins were found dead near a rookery in Stanley on the State's North-West coast last week.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.