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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 2016

Tenders awarded for final stage of Three Capes Track


Tenders have been awarded that will complete Stage Three of the award-winning Three Capes Track.

Marakoopa Cave re-opens brighter than ever


Marakoopa Cave at Mole Creek has re-opened today, with improved facilities for visitors, following extensive repairs after the site was badly damaged during the June floods.

Army helps out with greening of The Nut


A team of keen Green Army participants is helping out with weeding and revegetation works at The Nut State Reserve at Stanley.

Highfield renovation opens a new chapter


Highfield Historic Site at Stanley has never looked better, following the completion of a $430,000 project to conserve buildings at the site and install a commercial kitchen at the threshing barn.

Advice for people intending to visit Wineglass Bay this summer


During the summer months, the number of visitors to Freycinet National Park at times exceeds the capacity of the park's roads and car parks.

Explore our parks with the Discovery Ranger Program


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

Call for volunteer caretakers for Maatsuyker Island


The Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking volunteer caretakers for the coming two years on the remote and spectacular Maatsuyker Island in Tasmania's south-west.

November 2016

Update on work to restore access to flood-affected sites


The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is continuing repair work to restore access to sites affected by the June flood event.

Maria Island ferry service will unlock tourism opportunities


The Tasmanian Government has secured a new, year-round regular passenger ferry service to Maria Island National Park, which will help the island fulfil its potential to be one of the state's best tourism attractions.

Replacement of facilities at Lake Tahune


A tender has been advertised for the demolition and replacement of the hut and toilet facilities at Lake Tahune on the Frenchmans Cap walking track.

Funds to restore mountain bike trails in Launceston


Mountain bike trails in the Trevallyn and Kate Reed nature recreation areas are set for a major upgrade, thanks to a $300,000 grant from the Tasmanian Government's Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

Big Tourism Wins for Freycinet National Park and the Three Capes Track


The Parks are Wildlife Service is elated after two of their iconic tourist attractions, the Freycinet National Park and Three Capes Track were recognised for their excellence, creativity and innovation at the 2016 Tasmanian Tourism Awards.

October 2016

Call for bilingual rangers to welcome Asian visitors


After a successful trial last year, the Parks and Wildlife Service is increasing its intake of bilingual Discovery Rangers to help provide a quality experience for the increasing number of Asian visitors.

Comment sought on altering the management plan for Tasman National Park


The State Government is seeking public opinion on the next step to make it easier for tourists and Tasmanians to access and enjoy our natural assets.

September 2016

East Coast Whale Trail opened


Whales and visitors to the East Coast will get closer together with a series of new whale viewing sites created between larapuna/Bay of Fires and the Tasman Peninsula.

Upgraded helipads improve safety for the Overland Track


The Tasmanian Air Rescue Trust has provided funding to enable the upgrading of helipads on the Overland Track, improving the ability of rescue teams to reach walkers and staff in case of emergency.

Experience national parks through art


Arts in Parks is a project that celebrates the two decade long partnership between the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service and Arts Tasmania to deliver the wilderness residency program for artists.

Parks driving boom in visitor numbers


Tasmania's parks are driving the boom in visitor numbers to the State. Record numbers of visitors are flocking to Freycinet and Mount Field as the two parks celebrate 100 years since their reservation in 1916.

August 2016

Celebrating 100 years of national parks


All Tasmanians are invited to celebrate the centenary of two of our most loved national parks, Freycinet and Mount Field, with a major festival at Freycinet and events at other parks, during the centenary weekend of 27-29 August.

Repairing the infrastructure of Tasmania's parks


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.

Festival of Bright Ideas


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.

July 2016

Join us for the Power of Parks forum at Launceston


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.

Shipwreck identified as the Viola


Timber samples from a ship wrecked on Tasmania's East Coast nearly 160 years ago have been identified as the Canadian-built brig Viola.

Prosecution for Stanley penguin deaths


The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) and the Circular Head Council have conducted a joint investigation after 18 little penguins were found dead near a rookery in Stanley on the State's North-West coast last week.

June 2016

Three Capes Track special offer


The centenary of national parks in Tasmania is being celebrated with a special offer to walk the Three Capes Track for only $250 per person.

Bruny Island tourism improvements


Two of Bruny Island's major tourism drawcards, The Neck and the South Bruny Lighthouse site, are being upgraded by the Parks and Wildlife Service.

Parks and reserves affected by flooding


Parks and reserves across northern and northwestern Tasmanian have suffered significant damage due to the severe weather and flooding experienced during the past week.

May 2016

New walking experience for the Three Capes Track


Three Capes Lodge Walk Pty Ltd, owned by the principles of the Tasmanian Walking Company (TWC) Rob Sherrard and Brett Godfrey, were successful in their bid for the new walking experience after an Expression of Interest process was advertised.

New Parks Advisory Committee members


Four new members have been appointed to the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council, following an Expression of Interest process.

April 2016

Congratulations to Working on Country graduates


A partnership program between the Tasmanian Government and the Australian Government has seen four Working on Country Aboriginal rangers gain professional qualifications in land management.

Mount Field centenary celebrations


Two of Tasmania's most loved parks, Freycinet and Mount Field, were first reserved on 29 August 1916 and this milestone is being celebrated during the year with a variety of events.

March 2016

Big Green Island rat eradication under way


The first stage of a project to eradicate rats from Big Green Island and provide increased protection for its biodiversity values, is under way, following the installation of more than 2,100 bait stations using the latest digital technology.

Progress on South Coast Track upgrade


Work is now under way on improvements to the South Coast Track as the second part of a four-year, $2 million project to ensure we can continue to provide a world class walking experience in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Centenary celebrations for Freycinet and Mount Field


Tourism is one of Tasmania's great competitive strengths and our national parks make a major contribution to the State's regional and local economies.

Southern beacon gets a boost


The heart and soul of Maatsuyker Island, its 17 metre high light tower, is being lovingly restored by contractors, while Parks and Wildlife Service staff and volunteers are tackling a range of island conservation projects during a two week working bee.

Meander Falls Road bridges complete


Access to Meander Falls, one of Tasmania's 60 Great Short Walks, is now available year-round for two wheel drive vehicles, following the replacement of two bridges on the Meander Falls Road that were washed away during flooding in 2011.

February 2016

Maatsuyker exhibition at the Maritime Museum of Tasmania


The Friends of Maatsuyker Island (FOMI) Wildcare Inc. invites all lighthouse enthusiasts to visit their temporary exhibition at the Maritime Museum of Tasmania.

Overland Track re-opens for walkers


The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised that the Overland Track will re-open to bushwalkers as of Wednesday morning, 3 February 2016.

January 2016

Join in World Wetlands Day celebrations


The Tamar Island Wetlands Centre will host a range of free activities on Tuesday 2 February 2016 to celebrate World Wetlands Day.

Major fire fighting effort protecting public and state's important values


The Parks and Wildlife Service General Manager Peter Mooney has acknowledged the efforts of Department staff, Tasmania Fire Service, volunteers and interstate firefighters who are continuing to undertake a major effort to protect values and infrastructure

Campfire restrictions in national parks and reserves


The Parks and Wildlife Service has banned campfires at high risk campgrounds in reserves across the State until further notice. Gas stoves will be permitted.

Walkers warned of remote area fires


The Parks and Wildlife Service is warning walkers intending to walk in remote locations in the Southwest National Park and West Coast areas to check the fire situation before setting off due to numerous fires caused by lightning strikes yesterday.