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Campfire restrictions extended due to increasing fire risk

19/01/2018

In the interests of public safety, the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has brought in extensive campfire restrictions as the fire risk continues to increase this summer.More

Improved toilet facilities at Bruny Island

16/01/2018

The Parks and Wildlife Service has completed work on a new toilet facility at the Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve.More

Further upgrade to South Coast Track

05/01/2018

The South Coast Track is one of Tasmania's great bushwalks, and the completion of recent upgrades has significantly improved the user experience along the track before the start of the peak walking season.More

Kent Group National Park

Activities

The Kent Group of Islands is located in a very remote and isolated area of Bass Strait. The islands have been reserved for the protection of their unique marine and land ecosystems. Facilities are therefore very limited. Visitors must be self-sufficient, as there are no shops on the Islands. The islands do not offer any formed walking tracks or public amenities.

Camping on the islands is limited, with some areas being restricted due to their cultural significance. The islands' ecosystems are very fragile and it is imperative that minimal impact camping methods are used in all situations.

There are no established campsites on the islands, although there is a small hut located at West Cove on Erith Island. This hut is of historical significance and should only be used in the case of an emergency.

The islands have long been recognised by sailors and fisher-folk alike for their safe anchorages when bad weather sets in.


The islands offer some spectacular scenery that is best observed from the water. Sea kyaking is a popular way to explore around the islands, however accessing the islands by sea kayak is a major undertaking and is only suitable for highly skilled and experienced sea kayakers.

The islands were originally of interest to settlers due to the large Australian fur seal colonies. Thus, there is the ever-present spectacle of seals in their natural environment, although, of course, in greatly reduced numbers than was the case when settlers first arrived on the islands. It is advised that the seals be observed from a distance by boat. It is important not to approach within 100 metres during the breeding season November to December. See our Seal Watching Guidelines for futher details.

There is also great opportunities for diving in the protected bays and coves around the islands, although swimming and diving within the seal colonies is not advised as where there are seals there are sharks!