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Upgraded Julius River bridges improve visitor access


Bridge upgrades at the Julius River Regional Reserve are now complete.More

Viewing platform upgrades for Rocky Cape's Aboriginal heritage sites


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


'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

News Archive

December 2014

Wineglass Bay - Notice to intending visitors


Please note: This advice is provided to help avoid inconvenience to visitors intending to use the Wineglass Bay car park during the peak summer period from 26 December to 11 January.

Ralph Falls track repair work under way


The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised that works to repair and improve the visitor experience to Ralph Falls in the North-East, is under way.

Discovery Ranger program explores parks and reserves


Tasmanians are being encouraged to sample Tasmania's beautiful parks and reserves with the Discovery Ranger Program over the summer holidays.

Fly in, fly out working bee for Three Hummock Island


Tracks were cleared and Three Hummock Island's home airstrip was improved during a week-long working bee by the North West Walking Club, Parks staff and the island's managers.

November 2014

Richardsons Beach wins clean beach award


Richardsons Beach, one of Freycinet National Park's many beautiful beaches, was the Overall Winner of the Keep Australia Beautiful Tasmania Clean Beaches awards this year.

Arthur-Pieman tracks to re-open


By Christmas this year, recreational off-road vehicle drivers will be able to access the full length of the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area from the Arthur River in the north to the Pieman River in the south.

October 2014

Bruny Island Quarantine Station - now open five days a week


The Wildcare Inc Friends of the Bruny Island Quarantine Station and the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) are pleased to announce the Quarantine Station will be open five days a week from 10am to 4pm over the summer months.

Strategic fuel reduction burn for Ansons Bay


The Parks and Wildlife Service is continuing its fuel reduction burning program with a planned burn of about 425 ha in the Ansons Bay area of Mt William National Park.

New Cockle Creek bridge completed for tourist season


A new bridge at Cockle Creek in the far south of Tasmania has been completed, just in time for the start of the busy spring/summer tourist season.

Asset protection burn for the Rossarden area


The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) advises Fingal Valley residents that a fuel reduction burn is planned at Castle Cary Regional Reserve near Rossarden tomorrow, Friday 5 October, subject to weather conditions.

September 2014

A fantastic summer opportunity at Freycinet


The Parks and Wildlife Service and Wildcare Friends of Freycinet are keen to hear from people that love the outdoors, enjoy meeting with fellow campers and are independent workers, for summer programs in Freycinet National Park.

Copper Cove boardwalk ready for summer walkers


A boardwalk along the scenic Coastal Track from Bakers Beach to Badger Beach at Narawntapu National Park has been completed just in time to welcome the influx of walkers visiting in spring and summer.

August 2014

Funding for walking tracks


The Tasmanian Government has committed funding totalling $6 million for the South Coast Track and the final stage of the Three Capes Track.

Cockle Creek bridge update


Work is progressing on construction of a new bridge at Cockle Creek. The photo shows the strengthening works completed on the existing bridge, new piles and head stock for the replacement bridge, and the excavator preparing for new piles to be driven.

July 2014

Replacement of Cockle Creek bridge


Visitors to Cockle Creek in Tasmania's Far South are advised that the Cockle Creek bridge will be closed from approximately 14 July to the end of August 2014, while the old bridge is removed and a replacement bridge is constructed.

Firewood theft can be costly


The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is warning that unlawfully cutting trees for firewood on reserved land can be a costly exercise and that remote cameras are being used to catch offenders.

Caretakers wanted for island's historic site


Fancy spending a few weeks at the fascinating Quarantine Station on Bruny Island? The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) and Wildcare Inc Friends of Bruny Island Quarantine Station are seeking volunteer caretakers for the station for the 2014/15 summer.

Ben Lomond winter access


The Parks and Wildlife Service has streamlined the purchase of parks passes as part of preparations for the annual influx of winter sports enthusiasts at Ben Lomond National Park.

Notley Fern Gorge track re-opens


The Notley Fern Gorge track has re-opened following the replacement of four bridges and repairs to tracks damaged by a flood event in August 2013.

June 2014

Seaplane flights to visit more destinations in Tasmania's parks


The Tasmanian Government has approved a commercial licence to Tasmanian Air Adventures to expand its tourist seaplane flights to more destinations within Tasmania's parks and reserves.

Never a better time to rediscover Maria Island


There's never been a better time to rediscover Maria Island than this winter, with discounted camping, accommodation and ferry rates until 31 August 2014.

Building expertise in caring for sea birds and marine mammals


Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) staff are better prepared to care for sea birds in the event of an oil spill, and the northwest community is better placed to respond to whale or dolphin strandings, following training held at Ulverstone last week.

Franklin River Nature Trail cleared and resurfaced


The Franklin River Nature Trail on the Lyell Highway, is in great shape following a program of track clearing and resurfacing by Parks and Wildlife Service staff and contractors.

Move for more tourism development in State's natural areas


Expressions of Interest are now open for investors and tourism operators with ideas for sensible and appropriate tourism developments in Tasmania's national parks and World Heritage Area.

Maria Island wildlife management operation


The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) will undertake a wildlife management operation at Maria Island National Park during the week of 22-27 June 2014.

May 2014

Lake St Clair art exhibition features this year's Glover prize painting


This year's Glover prize winning painting Looking South from the Labyrinth to Mount Olympus and Lake St Clair, by Mark Rodda, will be the centrepiece of an art exhibition celebrating the landscape's beauty at the Lake St Clair Visitor Centre.

Prototype hut for Three Capes Track


Tasmanian building company Island Workshop has built a prototype hut for the Three Capes Track.

Maintaining access to the Arthur-Pieman


A bridge on a remote track in the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area has a new lease of life following its replacement by Parks and Wildlife Service staff (PWS) and volunteers last week.

Thank you to our volunteers and volunteer groups


It's National Volunteer Week this week and the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) would like to say a huge thank you to the 90 volunteer groups and the thousands of individual volunteers that each year make an enormous contribution.

April 2014

A celebration of restoration works at The Steppes


A celebration of restoration works at The Steppes Reserve on Sunday 27 April, has demonstrated what can be achieved by two passionate volunteer groups, the Mountain Huts Preservation Society (MHPS) and the Hobart Walking Club, working with the PWS.

Caring for wybalenna homestead


The historic wybalenna homestead on Flinders Island has been given a facelift, thanks to a combined effort between Aboriginal trainee rangers, field officers and the Aboriginal Land Council Tasmania (ALCT).

Smoke at The Neck Campground, Bruny Island


The Neck Campground on Bruny Island remains open this Easter. However there is a considerable amount of smoke in the vicinity of the camping ground following this week's fuel reduction burn.

Fuel reduction burn at Risdon Vale


The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) will undertake a planned burn of 136 ha at Risdon Vale, Hobart, tomorrow, weather permitting.

Macquarie Island free of pests


The Macquarie Island Pest Eradication Project has been declared a success.

Historic mountain hut back in service


Cradle Mountain's iconic mountain hut, Kitchen Hut, is set to provide a snug and safe emergency shelter for visitors to the Cradle Plateau for decades to come following a major restoration project.

March 2014

Multiple planned burns for 26 March


The Parks and Wildlife Service is continuing its fuel reduction burning program with planned burns scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, 26 March, at Mt Roland in the north-west, at Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area and near Risdon in Hobart.

Fuel reduction burn planned for Bridport


The Parks and Wildlife Service is continuing its fuel reduction burning program with a planned burn at Bridport on Thursday, 20 March and Friday 21 March, weather permitting.

Information sought about Macquarie Harbour fire


The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is seeking information from the public about a fire that completely burnt out Elizabeth Island in Macquarie Harbour.

Planned burn at Diana's Basin, Scamander


The Parks and Wildlife Service is continuing its fuel reduction burning program with a planned burn in the Scamander Conservation Area tomorrow, Friday 14 March 2014, weather permitting.

Lake Barrington access road work complete


The access road to the Lake Barrington rowing course was re-opened on 20 February following a $40,000 road works program by the Parks and Wildlife Service, just in time for the State Rowing Championships.

New banners for Deal Island Museum


Seven banners interpreting the stories and images of the Deal Island lighthouse will feature in the Kent Group Museum on Deal Island in Bass Strait, thanks to the Wildcare Inc group Friends of Deal Island.

Planned burn at Gellibrand Point


As part of the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) fuel reduction burning program, a planned burn in the Gellibrand Point Nature Recreation Area near Opossum Bay, will be undertaken from Monday, 3 March, weather permitting.

February 2014

Fire advice for the February long weekend


Campers and bushwalkers are urged to be very careful with any campfires and to observe additional fire restrictions that may apply in parks and reserves as we head into a long weekend at the peak of the fire season.

Maria Island ferry operator sought


The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is calling for expressions of interest for a single passenger ferry operator for Maria Island National Park.

DVDs celebrate the Arthur-Pieman


A suite of three DVDs produced by the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) promotes the sustainable use of the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area, its rich Aboriginal heritage and the passion of the people who live and work there.

Temporary closure of Mersey River suspension bridge for maintenance


The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) will this week begin a program of significant maintenance work on the Mersey River suspension bridge which is used to access the Lees Paddocks walking track within the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

January 2014

Freycinet walking tracks closed due to fire danger


There is a Statewide Total Fire Ban in place and the Freycinet and Douglas-Apsley tracks have been closed today due to the fire danger.

Motor vehicles on beaches and state owned land


Tasmania Police and the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) have recently received an increase in complaints relating to the operation of vehicles on beaches throughout the north of the state.

Maria Island Feasibility Study released


The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Brian Wightman said today that the State Government will soon call for expressions of interest for a sole ferry operator for Maria Island.