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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.More

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.More

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.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.

Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs closed until 26 October

Updated 15 October 2014

Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs site is closed for maintenance from 13 October to 26 October. There will be no access to the site during this period.

Cape Pillar Track open during Hobart Show Holiday - 23 October

Updated 15 October 2014
Due to construction of the Three Capes Track, the Cape Pillar and Mt Fortescue tracks are closed to walkers Monday through to Thursday each week. 

However, due to the Hobart Show Public Holiday, helicopter operations will be suspended and the inland track to Cape Pillar from Fortescue Bay will be open on Thursday 23 October through to Sunday 26 October inclusive.
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

Updated 2 October 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 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 threecapestrack@parks.tas.gov.au

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.

Trevallyn NRA and Kate Reed NRA track update

Updated 12 September 2014

Mountain Bike Tracks reopen

Parks and Wildlife Service in conjunction with the Launceston Mountain Bike Club have assessed the Mountain Bike Tracks in the Trevallyn and Kate Reed Nature Recreation Areas and as a result of tracks drying out, they are now open for use.

For any other enquiries please call the Trevallyn Parks and Wildlife office on 6331 6739.

Bird River 4WD Track Closure

Updated 14 August 2014

Recent severe weather has resulted in a number of large tree falls and a considerable landslip on the Bird River 4WD Track. The track will be closed for the foreseeable future while PWS staff assess the extent of damage and work towards re-instating the track. For further enquiries please contact the Parks and Wildlife Queenstown Field Centre on 03 6471 2511.

Trevallyn NRA and Kate Reed NRA track update

Updated 11 August 2014

Thanks to the excellent help from the Launceston Mountain Bike Club clearing tracks from fallen trees, Parks & Wildlife Service have now opened all mountain bike tracks within both Trevallyn and Kate Reed Nature Recreation Areas.

Please note within Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area there is a small detour at the southern end of the Value for Money Track due to a potentially dangerous tree.

Parks & Wildlife Service would like to remind all track users in both Trevallyn and Kate Reed Nature Recreation Areas to please obey all signage.

To remain up to date with mountain tracks in these reserves continue to monitor this page or the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service and Launceston Mountain Bike (Club) Facebook pages.

For any other enquiries please call the Trevallyn Parks and Wildlife office on 6331 6739.


Temporary closure of Mt Victoria Road and access to Ralphs Falls

Updated 6 August 2014

Following recent storms and a number of large tree falls, Mt Victoria Road and access to Ralphs Falls is temporarily closed.

For further information please call the Scottsdale Field Office on 6352 6421. 

Lake St Clair track closures

Updated 30 July 2014

Following severe weather and numerous tree falls, the following tracks around Lake St Clair have been temporarily closed. Short walks -  including Lake walk, Watersmeet, Platypus Bay and Larmairremener tabelti - Aboriginal cultural walk. All longer walks, including the Lake Side (Echo Point) walk.

For further details please call the Lake St Clair Field Centre on 6289 1172.


Temporary closure of the Sandy Cape Track in the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area

Updated 22 July 2014

The Sandy Cape Track has been temporarily closed south of Greenes Point due to hazardous conditions as a result of recently heavy rains. The rains have resulted in high water levels covering the tracks in the Sandy Cape area and some damage to the track. The track has also deteriorated in a section around Greens Point due to vehicles becoming bogged. The track may be closed for a number of weeks until water levels subside and the track is able to be repaired. Contact the Arthur River Field Centre for further information on 6457 1225.

Replacement of Cockle Creek bridge

Updated 10 July 2014

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.

Access to the camping area on the eastern side of the bridge will be closed during the construction period, but access to the trackhead for the South Coast Track and South Cape Bay Track will remain available for pedestrians via a manned dinghy service provided each day between 10.00am and 4.00pm.

For further information contact the PWS Huonville/Southwest Field Centre on 6264 8460.


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.


Franklin River Nature trail is now open

Updated 20 June 2014

The Franklin River Nature Trail in the Wild Rivers National Park is now open.

For further information, contact the Queenstown Office on (03) 6471 5923

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.

Notley Gorge closure update

Updated 19 March 2014

Progress is being made on the replacement of four bridges and walking track infrastructure that was damaged during a flood event at Notley Gorge last year. Four pre-fab bridges were flown into the site yesterday, and approaches to the bridges now need to be constructure. It is likely the site will remain closed for a further eight weeks given ongoing staff commitments to fire fighting and planned burns.

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.

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.