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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

Historic Heritage

Visitor's Guide to Tasmania's Historic Places

Eagle Hawk Neck Kangaroo Bluff Battery Maria Island Lisdillion Salt Works Freycinet Mt Field Sarah Island Ross Female Factory Highfield East Pillinger Adamsfield Waldheim Chalet Shot Tower Cape Bruny Lighthouse The Steppes Richmond Gaol Low Head Light Station and Pilot Station Entally Estate Mt Nelson Signal Station Lyons Cottage
ImageMap of Historic Sites

Tasmania has a rich cultural heritage and many of Tasmania's historic sites are open to the public. Don't miss the opportunity to visit such sites to gain a better understanding of the places and events that have shaped the community we are today.

  • Adamsfield

    Once a thriving osmiridium mining settlement, Adamsfield today lies abandoned with scattered relicts.

  • Cape Bruny Lighthouse

    First lit in 1838 Cape Bruny Lighthouse is second oldest and longest continually staffed existing lighthouse.

  • Coal Mines

    The Coal Mines Historic Site, situated on the Tasman Peninsula, was Tasmania's first operational mine.

  • Eaglehawk Neck

    The Eaglehawk Neck Historic Site offers visitors a unique perspective upon a security system which operated during the convict period.

  • East Pillinger

    In the very early 1900s, East Pillinger was a bustling port town. Today, the wilderness has reclaimed much of its former glory.

  • Freycinet

    Old mine shafts, abandoned farmers' huts and the remains of whalers' camps today form part of the rich cultural heritage of Freycinet.

  • Highfield Historic Site

    Highfield House can be regarded as the 'birthplace' of European settlement in Tasmania's north-west.

  • Kangaroo Bluff Battery

    At the time of first European settlement, it was thought that mutually supporting batteries on both sides of the Derwent could turn Hobart Town into a fortress.

  • Lisdillon Salt Works

    The Lisdillon salt works is one of only two early salt manufacture works in eastern Australia where substantial remains can still be found.

  • Low Head Light Station and Pilot Station

    Constructed in 1833, the Low Head Light Station was the third to be established in Australia, while he Low Head Pilot Station comprise the earliest surviving pilot buildings in Australia.

  • Lyons Cottage Historic Site

    Lyons Cottage was the early home of the Honourable Joseph Aloysius (Joe) Lyons - the only Tasmanian Prime Minister ever elected.

  • Maria Island

    Maria Island has undergone many phases of settlement, leaving a complex, but intriguing legacy of historic heritage.

  • Mt Direction Historic Site

    The Mount Direction Semaphore Station was one of a number of stations set up in the Tamar Valley during the mid-nineteenth century.

  • Mt Field

    Tasmania's first nature reserve was created around Russell Falls in 1885 and the national park, along with Freycinet, it is the oldest in Tasmania.

  • Mt Nelson Signal Station

    Built in 1811, Mt Nelson Signal Station played an important role in reporting maritime traffic in both Hobart and Port Arthur.

  • Richmond Gaol

    Richmond gaol is the oldest, still intact, gaol in Australia, predating the penal colony at Port Arthur by five years.

  • Ross Female Factory

    Ross Female Factory Site, built in the early 1840's, incarcerated female convicts from 1847 to 1854.

  • Sarah Island

    Sarah Island Historic Site is Tasmania's oldest convict settlement, operating from 1822 to 1833.

  • Shot Tower

    Standing 48 metres tall and built in 1870 for the purpose of producing lead shot, the Shot Tower is the only remaining circular sandstone shot tower in the world.

  • The Steppes

    On the border of Tasmania's Central Plateau, the Steppes was the home of highland graziers since 1863.

  • Toll House

    The Toll House was constructed in 1841 in conjunction with the first bridge built across the Derwent River.

  • Waldheim Chalet

    Waldheim Chalet offers an insight into the early history of the Cradle Mountain area and the people instrumental in the establishment of the Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park.

Further Information

Port Arthur Historic Site

The popular Port Arthur Historic Site is managed by the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority.