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Improved facilities for off-road recreational drivers at Adamsfield


A new day use shelter providing improved facilities for off-road recreational drivers has been completed at Adamsfield in the Adamsfield Conservation Area, part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.More

Mystery of Risso's dolphin strandings continues


The mystery of multiple strandings of Risso's dolphins on Australia's eastern seaboard continues with another Risso's dolphin being found dead at a remote part of Reidle Bay on Maria Island.More

Volunteer caretakers lend a welcome hand


Volunteer caretakers at Cape Bruny, the Bruny Island Quarantine Station, Cockle Creek and Melaleuca have all reported bumper visitor numbers during the peak holiday period.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.

Fire in the Gordon River Road - Mt Cullen Area

Updated 25 February 2015

There is a fire of about 60 ha burning in the vicinity of Mt Cullen and McPartlan Canal on Gordon River Road approximately 50 kilometres west of Maydena and 20 kilometres east of Strathgordon.

• Rain on Tuesday has reduced fire behaviour but it is smouldering in peat. 
• There is no immediate threat to communities or assets. 
• Fire under these conditions can be controlled. 
• The Gordon River Road remains open. 
• Motorists should drive with caution as fire crew and vehicles are patrolling along the Gordon River Road. 
• Crews from PWS are in attendance. 
• The McPartlan Canal boat ramp will be now open. (Previous advice stated it would be closed)
• Teds Beach Campground remains open to campers. 

The fire is currently burning but may actively run up dry ridges. For further information please check the TFS website: www.fire.tas.gov.au 

For information on current road closures, please visit the Tasmania Police website www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/

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

Updated January 29 2015

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
Platypus and Hot Springs walks at Hastings Caves Closed

Updated 29 January 2015

A large tree has fallen over the boardwalk on the Platypus Walk at Hasting Caves. Both the Platypus and Hot Springs walks are closed until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience. 

Hastings Newdegate Cave guided tours, Visitor Centre and Thermal Pool remain open. 

For further information please contact the Hastings Office at 6298 3209.

Montezuma Falls Track temporary closure 27-30 January

Updated 23 January 2015

Work on the West Coast Trails Stimulus Project will begin next week and include the walking track from Williamsford to Montezuma Falls. The initial works will involve the removal of hazardous trees and other works that will present a significant risk to visitors. As a result, the track will be closed to all visitors from 6am Tuesday, 27 January, to 5pm on Friday, 30 January. Parks and Wildlife Service and Forestry Tasmania apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. If you wish to discuss the works or the closure, please contact the PWS Queenstown office on 6471 5920.

Toilets at Liffey Falls Temporarily Closed

Updated 16 January 2015

Visitors to Liffey Falls are advised that the toilets have been temporarily closed until further notice. 

For further information, please contact the Tamar Field Centre ph: 6331 6739.

Tracks from Sea Devil Rivulet south of Sandy Cape to the Pieman River remain closed until further notice

Updated 26 December 2014

We regret to advise that due to an interim decision of the Federal Court, the tracks from Sea Devil Rivulet south of Sandy Cape to the Pieman River (tracks 501, 503 and 601) will remain closed until further notice.  Please refer to maps 9 and 10 on pages 50 and 51 of the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area Driver's Guide. The Government remains committed to reopening the tracks as soon as possible in accordance with its election commitment and in a manner that is respectful of the cultural and environmental values of the area.  If you require any further information, please contact Arthur River Field Centre on 6457 1225.
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.

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.

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.

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.