Please note: There may be closures or re-openings other than those listed here. Please also see our Facebook page for other possible closures.
For the latest bushfire information, go to the Tasmania Fire Service website at www.fire.tas.gov.au. As some walking tracks within national parks and reserves are accessed across land managed by Forestry Tasmania it is worthwhile checking for road closures on the Forestry Tasmania website. The DIER web site also has information on road closures in Tasmania.
For further information on track, reserve or campsite closures, please contact local rangers.
See our Office Contacts for contact details.
Cape Pillar Track open during Eight Hour Day long weekend
Helicopter operations associated with the construction of the Three Capes Track will be suspended during the Eight Hour Day long weekend. As such, the Cape Pillar Track and the Arthurs Peak Track will be open from Friday 7 March through to Monday 10 March 2014. Construction work may still be underway and walkers must follow any directions given by track workers.
Enquiries: Sam Lennox 0438 983 252
Restricted access to the Cape Pillar Track for construction of the Three Capes Track
Due to the construction of the Three Capes Track, it is necessary to restrict access to the Cape Pillar Track in the interests of public safety.
The Cape Pillar Track and the Arthurs Peak Track are closed on Mondays through to Thursdays while track crews are working and helicopters are delivering materials.
Walkers are permitted to walk the tracks on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Walkers are asked to respect this closure for their own safety.
The Parks and Wildlife Service has made every effort to provide some level of access without compromising public safety or track construction proceeding as efficiently as possible. These arrangements will be reviewed as construction progresses.
The project is planned to be open for walkers in November 2015. Email enquiries or comments can be sent to the PWS at email@example.com.
Update on Lake Burbury fire - all tracks now open
Updated 26 February 2014
A bushfire has been burning east of Lake Burbury, Queenstown. This fire may continue to smoulder on both sides of the Lyell Highway but it is not expected to burn actively in the foreseeable future based on recent wet weather conditions.
Smoke and fire are currently not affecting the Lyell Highway and it is open to traffic. Motorists should drive with caution as there may be fallen hazards across the road.
Nelson Falls Track and Frenchmans Cap Track are open.
The walking route from Tahune Hut (on the Frenchmans Cap Track) to Lyell Highway via Raglan Range and Irenabyss is now also open.
Some slight traffic delays may be possible at Cradle Mt Ranger Station
Updated 26 February 2014
Work has commenced on road works in the vicinity of the Ranger Station. The schedule is expected to be as follows: Wednesday – Sealing; Thursday - Sweeping – work to take approximately one hour; Friday - Line marking and boom gate works.
Road users can expect minimal delays - possibly 10 minutes
If you have any questions please contact Cradle Mountain Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service on (03) 6492 1133 or Mobile 0419 362 893.
Mersey River suspension bridge now open
25 February 2014
The maintenance work on the Mersey River suspension bridge which is used to access the Lees Paddock walking track in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, has been completed and the bridge is now open to walkers.
Franklin River Nature trail closed due to dangerous trees
Updated 21 February 2014
The Franklin River Nature Trail in the Wild Rivers National Park has been temporarily closed due to dangerous trees.
For further information, contact the Queenstown Office on (03) 6471 5923
Temporary closure of Kitchen Hut, Cradle Mountain
Updated 19 February 2014
There will be a temporary closure of Kitchen Hut, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Kitchen Hut will be closed for restoration work from Sunday 16 February 2014 until Monday, 3 March 2014.
Southwest National Park track reopened
12 February 2014
The Moonlight Ridge track to Pindars Peak has reopened following containment of a bushfire at Moonlight Flats in the Southern Ranges.
Temporary closure of Mersey River suspension bridge for maintenance
3 February 2014
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.
Work on the suspension bridge will commence on 6 February 2014 and is expected to be completed by 12 March 2014. During this time, the bridge will be closed to public access daily between the hours of 9am to 4pm.
Walkers will be able to use the bridge outside of the closure times or use alternative access points. For further information regarding the planned works and closure please contact the (PWS) Great Western Tiers senior ranger on 6363 5133.
Cockle Creek bridge opening times
Updated 6 January 2014
The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) advises that different arrangements for public access to the Cockle Creek bridge will come into effect from Monday 16 December 2013. These arrangements are being put into place to limit vehicle loads on the bridge for public safety, due to the structure’s poor condition. The bridge will be open to vehicles under 12 tonnes from 10am - 4pm, seven days a week.
A gate on the bridge will limit vehicle access outside of those hours. Pedestrian access will be available at all times. This arrangement will continue until further notice. Planning is under way to construct a new bridge and this will occur as soon as possible in 2014.
For further information contact the PWS Huonville Field Centre on 6264 8460.
Arthurs Peak Walking Track closed
Updated 10 September 2013
The Arthurs Peak walking track at Tasman National Park has been closed to allow the completion of track work. It is expected that the track will reopen in December.
Notley Gorge track closed due to flood damage
16 August 2013
The Notley Gorge walking track has been closed to the public until further notice. After recent heavy rain, flooding through the gorge has resulted in substantial damage to walking track infrastructure, including the loss of one of the bridges. The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) have erected track closure signs at the start of the Notley Gorge walking track and the public are requested to observe these closures as a safety precaution. It is anticipated that this track will be closed for an extended period while the PWS staff assess the extent of damage and work towards re-instating the walking track. For further enquiries please contact the Parks and Wildlife Tamar field centre on 6336 5391.
Closure of Holwell Gorge walking track
Updated 29 July 2013
The Holwell Gorge walking track has been closed to the public until further notice. After recent heavy rain two landslips and high water flow through the gorge has resulted in substantial damage to a large section of the walking track. The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) have erected track closure signs at the start of the Holwell Gorge walking track and the public are requested to observe these closures as a safety precaution. It is anticipated that this track will be closed for an extended period while PWS staff assess the extent of damage and work towards re-instating the walking track. For further enquiries please contact the Parks and Wildlife Service Tamar field centre on 6336 5397.
Pieman Head to Ahrberg Bay area reopened - Bridges damaged
Updated 26 March 2013
The Pieman Head to Ahrberg Bay area has been reopened however, users of the area between Pieman Head and Ahrberg Bay are advised that the bridges over Violet Rivulet and Websters Creek have sustained fire damage, are impassable and are closed. The only vehicular access to the shack community is via the beach around Hardwicke Point and therefore possibly tide dependent.
Ben Lomond Public Shelter Temporarily Closed
Updated 17 January 2013
Due to scheduled maintenance works the Ben Lomond Public Shelter is closed until further notice. Toilet facilities are available at the campground below Jacobs Ladder. The Parks and Wildlife Service apologies for any inconvenience the closure may cause.
Mt William Telstra 4WD Track Closure
Updated 16 January 2013
The 4WD track between Anson’s Bay and Eddystone Pt Rd is partially closed. Specifically, the northern 3.5 km section of the Telstra Track – between the Baileys Hummock turnoff and the Eddystone Pt Rd is closed. The southern section between Anson’s Bay and Baileys Hummock is still open.
The reason for the closure is that record rainfall several years ago and ongoing use of the track has led to excessive erosion, extensive braiding of vehicle tracks and the creation of metre deep pug holes. To preserve the natural values of the area and ensure the safety of park visitors, the track north of Bailey's Hummock has been closed.
Liffey Falls Toilet no longer available
5 October 2011
PWS regret to advise that the toilet block at Liffey Falls, lower carpark, is no longer available as the facility has been burnt down.
It is unknown when the facility will be replaced. No other toilet facilities are available at the site.
Thunderush high portage removed
5 September 2011
The Thunderush high portage on the Franklin River has been removed due to ongoing engineering and maintenance issues. The low portage is still open. Please note that rafters need to carefully plan their trip through the Great Ravine when there are high water levels.
Caution about tracks in the Douglas Apsley National Park
1 April 2011
Visitors to the Douglas Apsley National Park are warned that due to recent flooding some of the tracks in this park have become severely eroded. As a result the tracks will be difficult to walk on and there will be tripping hazards such as exposed roots and rocks, steep gullies and washed out steps. The Parks and Wildlife Service are working to improve the situation. Walkers are advised to proceed with caution.
Dangerous road conditions at northern access to Douglas Apsley National Park
1 November 2010
Visitors to the Douglas Apsley National Park and users of the Leeabarra Track are advised that vehicle access to the northern entrance to Douglas Apsley National Park (via the E-Road) is currently not safe for vehicles.
Because of dangerous road conditions, the Parks and Wildlife Service advises all visitors to Douglas Apsley NP accessing via the E-Road to please leave vehicles at the start of E-Road and walk in to the start of the Leeabarra Track (5.5km from Tasman Highway).
Please do not walk the Leeabarra Track from south to north, as this may spread phytopthera into the northern parts of the NP.
For further enquiries, contact the PWS Office on 6256 7070
28 September 2010
Please be advised that the Detention Falls visitor site, including the walking track and viewing platform, is no longer available to the public. The viewing platform was closed to the public following engineering advice in 2008. It was subsequently removed as part of the Parks and Wildlife Service’s asset rationalisation program, with the objective being to close or remove certain assets so that those that remain can be better managed into the future.
For further details, contact the North West Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service Regional Office on (03) 6429 8717
Holwell Gorge walk alterations
2 August 2010
For Further Information please call Tamar Field Centre: ph 6336 5391
For Public safety reasons, Parks and Wildlife Service advise that the southern section of Holwell Gorge walk has been reclassified as a track for experienced walkers only, severe hazards exist and built assets within the southern section are for conservation purposes only.