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Viewing platform upgrades for Rocky Cape's Aboriginal heritage sites

13/02/2018

Two viewing platforms have been replaced as part of visitor facility improvements at Rocky Cape National Park on the North-West Coast. The platforms are at the Lee Archer Cave and South Cave sites, which have highly significant Aboriginal heritage values.More

Urban focus for World Wetlands Day

01/02/2018

'Wetlands for a sustainable future' is the theme for World Wetlands Day 2018. This international celebration of the significance of wetland environments is held annually on 2 February.More

Stage Three of Three Capes Track complete

29/01/2018

Stage Three of the award-winning Three Capes Track has now been completed. The Cape Raoul and Shipstern Bluff lookout tracks have been upgraded to a class 3 dry boot standard track consistent with the existing Three Capes walks.More

Summary of Draft Overland Track Recreation Zone Plan 2006

The full version of the Draft Overland Track Recreation Zone Plan 2006 can be downloaded as a PDF File (4100 Kb).

Summary

The Overland Track starts in Cradle Valley in the northern tip of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, and traverses the Cradle Mountain—Lake St Clair National Park southwards to Lake St Clair, near Derwent Bridge. The Overland Track has become Tasmania’s premier long-distance walking track and has a significant national and international profile. It has become an icon as one of the most popular overnight bushwalks in Australia, and is the best known of Tasmania’s overnight bushwalks.

Details of the number of walkers on the Overland have been collected since the early 1970s. At this time, it was estimated approximately 1,500 walkers per annum were undertaking the Overland. This figure has generally increased, over time and in 2004-05, it is estimated that 8,800 walkers completed the journey (PWS 2005).

This increasing trend in walkers contrasts with a decline in other overnight recreational activities elsewhere in the WHA (PWS 2005). Approximately 90% of walkers on the Overland Track are from interstate or overseas. In the past, planning for the Overland Track was largely on an ad-hoc reactive basis to address specific management or operational issues. There was little strategic recreation planning to guide the whole Overland experience. The application of different standards and approaches over time has resulted in a mix of infrastructure that is unsympathetic to the overall experience and to the environment in which it is sited.

This Recreation Zone Plan aims to provide a basis for the planning and management of the Overland Track over the next 10 years. The development of the plan has been informed by the Vision for the Overland Track 2004 , and the Overland Track Site Strategy Report 2005.