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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 2015

Three Capes Track unveiled


Dubbed by Lonely Planet as the world's hottest new travel experience - even before it was officially unveiled - the Three Capes Track was today opened for the world to see.

Freycinet National Park Draft Management Plan 2015


Public input is being sought on alterations to the management plan for Freycinet National Park to provide for additional accommodation opportunities.

Freycinet walking tracks closed for the weekend due to fire danger


The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has advised that all walking tracks within Freycinet National Park, including the Wineglass Bay walking track, will be closed for the coming weekend, 19 & 20 December 2015, for public safety due to fire danger.

New jetty for Partridge Island


A new jetty is under construction for recreational vessels at Partridge Island in the D'Entrecasteaux Channel.

November 2015

Eco-tourism projects proceed to the next stage of the EOI process


The Hodgman Liberal Government has announced that four projects will proceed to the next stage of the Expression Of Interest process.

Improved access to Ralphs Falls


The Ralphs Falls track, one of Tasmania's 60 Great Short Walks within the Mt Victoria Regional Reserve, is now open to the public after repairs and upgrades.

Providing a safe environment for penguins requires responsible dog ownership


The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) suspect that dogs are responsible for six more penguin deaths at Sulphur Creek near Burnie on 1 November, bringing the total to 20 penguins killed in the area over the last seven days.

October 2015

Construction begins on Meander Falls Road bridge replacement


Work will begin on the Meander Falls Road bridges replacement project on 19 October 2015. Construction will be highly dependent on weather and river levels, but it is anticipated that works will be completed over a four to six week period.

September 2015

Three Capes Track update


Tasmania's national parks remain open and accessible to all Tasmanians.

Bookings open for Three Capes Track


Tasmania's newest exciting tourism venture, the Three Capes Track, officially opens for bookings today with visitors set to enjoy the world class attraction in time for Christmas.

July 2015

Strong demand for Overland Track bookings


The popularity of the iconic Overland Track continues to grow with a big increase in the number of bookings for the next walking season compared to last year.

June 2015

Ben Lomond all set for winter fun


Ben Lomond National Park is set for the expected influx of snow sport enthusiasts as soon as the snow falls.

New lease of life for Overland Track hut


Narcissus Hut, at the northern end of Lake St Clair, has a new lease of life following renovations by the Parks and Wildlife Service this past summer.

May 2015

Fuel reduction burn at Wineglass Bay Lookout Track on 25-26 May 2015


Weather permitting, the Parks and Wildlife Service will undertake a fuel reduction burn at the Wineglass Bay Lookout Track, within Freycinet National Park, on Monday 25 May and Tuesday 26 May. The burn is part of the statewide Fuel Reduction Program.

Lease agreement for Entally Historic Site


Tasmania's historic heritage is one of our greatest assets and the Tasmanian Government is pleased to announce a lease agreement with Entally Lodge Pty Ltd to ensure a bright future for the Entally Historic Site at Hadspen.

April 2015

Major fuel reduction burn to protect North-East towns


A large strategic fuel reduction burn today across public land, Forestry land and private property will reduce bushfire risk to Gladstone, Eddystone Point and Ansons Bay in Tasmania's North East.

Harnessing the power of social media to promote Tasmania to the world


An iconic Tasmanian attraction is being promoted to the world every day through the eyes of visitors in an innovative pilot project using social media.

Community protection fuel reduction burns continue


This past week saw the Parks and Wildlife Service complete another four asset protection burns to provide protection for communities around the State, with another burn going ahead today.

Granite Creek bridge improves off-road safety


A new bridge at Granite Creek on the Climies Track, linking Trial Harbour and Granville Harbour, will improve safety for mountain bike riders, bushwalkers and four-wheel drive enthusiasts.

The Nut safety fence ready just in time for Easter


Parks and Wildlife Service staff from the Stanley Field Centre worked with contractors to install a rock catch safety fence and new section of handrail under an unstable rock face near the top of the Zig Zag access track at The Nut State Reserve.

March 2015

Tasmanian fuel reduction program an Australian first


Tasmanian communities will be safer from the threat of bushfires, with a ground-breaking new $28.5 million program of fuel reduction burns announced today.

Three Capes Track hut contracts awarded


Two Tasmanian companies have been awarded contracts worth a total of $6.5 million to construct the huts on the Three Capes Track.

Temporary access changes for The Nut


Access to the tracks at the summit of The Nut State Reserve at Stanley will be by the chairlift only, from Monday 23 March to Friday 27 March, 2015, due to safety works being undertaken on the Zig Zag track.

Pieman River reserve bridges replaced


Two major bridges on the four wheel drive access track between the Conical Rocks and Pieman Head shack communities, damaged in a March 2013 bushfire, have been replaced by the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS).

Make the devil one of your wild friends


The new free, fun Tas Parks Wild Friends Devil App, produced by the Parks and Wildlife Service, features Tasmania's most iconic native species, the Tasmanian devil, in an animated, interactive role.

An 'impossible' challenge accomplished by wilderness weed warriors


An estimated 14 million sea spurge plants and thousands of marram grass clumps have been removed from 600 kms of Tasmania's World Heritage listed coastline, the result of a nine year partnership between volunteers and the Parks and Wildlife Service.

February 2015

Improved facilities for off-road recreational drivers at Adamsfield


A new day use shelter providing improved facilities for off-road recreational drivers has been completed at Adamsfield in the Adamsfield Conservation Area, part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Mystery of Risso's dolphin strandings continues


The mystery of multiple strandings of Risso's dolphins on Australia's eastern seaboard continues with another Risso's dolphin being found dead at a remote part of Reidle Bay on Maria Island.

Volunteer caretakers lend a welcome hand


Volunteer caretakers at Cape Bruny, the Bruny Island Quarantine Station, Cockle Creek and Melaleuca have all reported bumper visitor numbers during the peak holiday period.

January 2015

Draft Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan


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

New sign celebrates the Overland Track experience


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.

Overland trek guide for young adventurers


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.

Bicheno holiday break for southern elephant seal


A sub-adult southern elephant seal is creating interest from the public as it takes a rest break on its long journey from its most likely home port of Macquarie Island, approximately 1500 km south of Tasmania.

Replacement of Meander Falls Road bridges


Planning is underway for the replacement of two bridges on the Meander Falls Road that were washed away during flooding in 2011.

PWS urges caution on campfires during the holidays


The Parks and Wildlife Service has welcomed thousands to its beautiful campgrounds for the summer holidays, but is urging caution on the use of campfires.