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Draft Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan

15/01/2015

The Tasmanian Government has today released a draft of the updated Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan.More

New sign celebrates the Overland Track experience

14/01/2015

In the 1960s, visitor information signs at Lake St Clair warned of no trapping, hunting, shooting, picking shrubs, cutting timber and grazing stock. Times have changed, with a new sign installation helping Overland Track walkers to celebrate their walk.More

Overland trek guide for young adventurers

14/01/2015

Of the 8000 people who tackle the world-famous Overland Track each year, almost one in ten is under 18 years old. A new publication from the Parks and Wildlife Service recognises that the experience is different for children.More

Reserve Listing

National Parks and Reserves declared under the Nature Conservation Act 2002

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Map of the location of the various land tenures managed
by the Parks and Wildlife Service

Complete Listing of National Parks and Reserves under the Nature Conservation Act 2002 (as at 29 January 2013)

Areas in this list are grouped according to their statutory class: National Park, State Reserve, Nature Reserve, Game Reserve, Conservation Area, Nature Recreation Area, Regional Reserve, Historic Site, Private Nature Reserve or Private Sanctuary, in accordance with the Nature Conservation Act 2002.

Reserves are declared under the Nature Conservation Act 2002 that sets out the values and purposes of each reserve class and managed under the National Parks and Reserves Management Act 2002 according to management objectives for each class.

Together the Nature Conservation Act 2002 and the National Parks and Reserves Management Act 2002 replace the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1970.

In total, the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service manages nearly 800 terrestrial reserves covering over 2.7 million hectares, or nearly 40% of the land area of the State.

The Tasmanian Reserve Estate includes a further 135,400 hectares in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), of which Macquarie Island MPA is 74,700 hectares.  There are a further 53,700 hectares under reserve in other areas of the marine and estuarine environments.  In total 7.9% of Tasmania’s State coastal waters is reserved, however only 4.2% is in no-take areas and the majority of this is concentrated around subantarctic Macquarie Island. Only 1.1% of Tasmania’s immediate coastal waters are fully protected in no-take areas.

Details of those reserves within each reserve classification, including their size, IUCN category and earliest date of reservation are available online as a PDF [183 Kb].


The Parks and Wildlife Service also assists in the protection of private land that is declared as Private Nature Reserves, Private Sanctuaries and Areas Covenanted for Conservation.

The total, the Tasmanian Reserve Estate as at at 30th June 2014 indicates a total terrestrial reserved area of 3,414,000 hectares, or 50.1% of the area of Tasmania, including both PWS and Forestry Tasmania-managed reserved land, formal and informal reserves on public land, reserves on private land, and Wellington Park.

The total reserved area, including Marine Protected Areas, is 3,603,200 hectares.