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.
Cockle Creek bridge opening times
6 December 2013
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.
Trevallyn NRA and Kate Reed NRA track update
Updated 6 December 2013
Trevallyn NRA and Kate Reed NRA mountain bike track update
Parks & Wildlife Service and the Launceston Mountain Bike Club have opened all tracks in Trevallyn.
The only tracks closed in Kate Reed reserve are the bottom sections of Berm and Rock Drop tracks.
In the mean time please use alternative tracks such as fire trails in these reserves for your mountain bike activities.
Please note that a fuel reduction burn is planned for next week at Kate Reed NRA – weather permitting. Please abide by any track closure signs.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation regarding these closures.
If you have any questions please call the Parks and Wildlife Service on 6336 5397.
Donaghys Hill Track closed until further notice
Updated 25 November 2013
The Donaghys Hill Track off the Lyell Highway in the Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park is closed until further notice due to a large fallen tree. For further information contact the Parks and Wildlife Service at Queenstown on 6471 5920.
Restricted access to the Cape Pillar Track for construction of the Three Capes Track
Updated 8 November 2013
As construction of the Three Capes Track has now begun on the Cape Pillar peninsula, it is necessary to restrict access to the Cape Pillar Track in the interests of public 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. Therefore, from 10 November 2013 until the New Year, access to the Cape Pillar Track will be restricted on Mondays through Thursdays while track crews are working and helicopters are delivering materials.
The track will therefore be closed on
November 11-14, 18-21, 25-28
December 2-5, 9-12, 16-19, 23-24 and
January 2 and 6-9.
Access for walkers to the Cape Pillar Track will be permitted on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and during the Christmas break from 25 December 2013 to 1 January 2014.
Walkers are asked to respect this closure for their own safety. These arrangements will be reviewed as construction progresses and there may be further restrictions as required in order to complete the project for its planned opening to walkers in November 2015.
Email enquiries or comments can be sent to the PWS at email@example.com.
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 5397.
Reopening of the Mersey River suspension bridge
Updated 13 August 2013
The PWS is undertaking important 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.
The Mersey suspension bridge has been reopened in full
. Works and subsequent closures will re-commence again in the near future.
For further information regarding the planned works and closure please contact the Great Western Tiers senior ranger on 6363 5133.
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.
Sandy Cape Track Update
Updated 16 May 2013
Some 4WD tracks in the APCA were closed on the 1st of July 2012. Most tracks continue to stay open, excluding the winter-seasonally accessible tracks which are closed until October. These tracks include:
- Dam Track
- Windmill Track
- Balfour Track
Temma – Couta Track dangers of the beach
The Manuka Campground is now closed for the winter period; however, Peppermint Campground in the Arthur River township remains open. No booking required for short term campers for less than a month period.
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.