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Richardsons Beach wins clean beach award

11/11/2014

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.More

Arthur-Pieman tracks to re-open

10/11/2014

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.More

Bruny Island Quarantine Station - now open five days a week

13/10/2014

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.More

Track, Campsite and Reserve Closures and Re-openings

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.

Restricted access to the Cape Pillar Track for construction of the Three Capes Track

Updated 6 November 2014

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 inland Cape Pillar Track from Fortescue Bay is closed on Mondays through to Fridays inclusive while track crews are working and helicopters are delivering materials. Walkers are permitted to walk the track on Saturdays and Sundays. 
 
The Mount Fortescue Track is closed seven days per week. 

Walkers are asked to respect these closures 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 threecapestrack@parks.tas.gov.au

Mt Victoria Road (access to Ralphs Falls) open but in poor condition

Updated 20 November 2014

The Mt Victoria Road access to Ralphs Falls is open but is badly degraded. The road is not suitable for 2WD or campervans. For further information please call the Scottsdale Field Office on 6352 6421.

Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs reopened

Updated 28 October 2014

Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs is now open following the completion of maintenance works. 

Bird River 4WD Track Reopened

Updated 14 August 2014

The Bird River 4WD Track has reopened after work to remove a number of large tree falls and repair a considerable landslip. For further enquiries please contact the Parks and Wildlife Queenstown Field Centre on 03 6471 2511.

Vehicle access to Cape Surville walk, Tasman National Park

Updated 22 September 2014

Vehicle access to the Cape Surville walking track via the  Hyland and Richardsons Road from Murdunna to the coast is no longer possible after the road was closed by Forestry Tasmania because of its poor condition.

Alternate access is available from McGregor Road continuing on from the route via the firetower and McGregor Peak. Please note, this route is not signposted, is rough and can be difficult to follow in places, it is suitable for experienced walkers only. For further information contact the PWS office at Seven Mile Beach on 6214 8100.


Re-opening of Cockle Creek bridge

Updated 22 September 2014

The project to replace the Cockle Creek bridge is complete and the bridge is open to traffic.


Picton Road Access to Farmhouse Creek Track

Updated 22 September 2014

Visitors wishing to access the Farmhouse Creek Track are advised that the final two kilometres of the Picton Road is currently closed to vehicle traffic.

The Forestry Tasmania managed Picton Road was closed to vehicles following the collapse of log culverts during recent floods. The road is still open to pedestrian traffic.

For further information please contact the Huonville-Southwest Field Centre on (03) 6121 7026.


Notley Fern Gorge track is now open

Updated 27 June 2014

The Notley Fern Gorge track has re-opened following repairs to the track and the replacement of bridges after a flood event last year.


Petal Point campground and 4WD track upgrade – Cape Portland Conservation Area

Updated 5 June 2014
From 10 June, the Parks and Wildlife Service will be undertaking improvement works to the Petal Point campground. The campground will remain open during this time.

From 10-20 June, the 4WD  track between Petal Point and Ringarooma Bay will be temporarily closed to vehicles while improvements are under way with heavy machinery and contractors working on site.

For further information, contact the Scottsdale Field Centre on 6352 6421.


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.


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.

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

Detention Falls

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.