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Celebrating 100 years of national parks

26/08/2016

All Tasmanians are invited to celebrate the centenary of two of our most loved national parks, Freycinet and Mount Field, with a major festival at Freycinet and events at other parks, during the centenary weekend of 27-29 August.More

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

Governor Island Marine Reserve

Introduction

                                                      Visitor Guide

The marine reserve at Governor Island provides some of the best diving in Australia. Shallow kelp-covered reef quickly drops down to spectacular sponge gardens. Butterfly perch and other fish swarm across the bottom. Granite boulders and ledges provide habitat for kelp in the shallows and colourful invertebrates below 25 to 30 metres. Since the reserve was proclaimed, the numbers and size of rock lobster has increased dramatically. Large rock lobsters are now a common sight, especially in the deep sponge gardens and in sheltered ledges amongst the kelp. Depth and exposure in much of this reserve means that it is most suited to experienced scuba divers and boat operators. Less challenging dives down to around 24 metres can be found around the smaller islands such as Bird Rock. At these sites, a small torch will help you investigate the numerous overhangs and small caves which are covered by colourful sponges, zoanthids and other invertebrates.

Governor Island is also an important sea-bird rookery. One of Tasmania's largest breeding populations of crested terns nest on the island. Underwater, the spectacular scenery of sheer rock walls, deep fissures and caves, is home for an unusually diverse range of colourful and captivating marine communities.

 

sea tulips

Sea Tulips by Heidi Dungey

The reserve is jointly managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service and Marine Resources.