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Horsetail Falls walk now open

15/11/2017

Visitors to the West Coast are in for some spectacular views on the new Horsetail Falls walk near Queenstown.More

Bruny Island Neck lookout re-opens

10/11/2017

The walkways and lookout at the Bruny Island Neck will re-open to the public today, following the completion of a new, larger car park that will provide improved access to the popular lookout.More

Maintaining vigilance with campfires

03/11/2017

Parks and Wildlife Service staff have thanked the many campers who have heeded the restrictions placed on campfires and pot fires, but ask that park and reserve visitors continue to take care while the fire risk remains high in certain areas of the State.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 Sustainable Timber Tasmania it is worthwhile checking for road closures on the Sustainable Timber Tasmania website. The Department of State Growth 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. Short-term and short-notice closures may be posted on the Parks and Wildlife Service facebook page, or on notice boards at the reserve.

For the latest information on road closures, check the Tasmania Police Community Alerts website www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/. For the latest bushfire information go to the Tasmania Fire Service website www.fire.tas.gov.au

Temporary Closure of Crotty Road

Updated 17 November 2017

The Crotty Road from the Darwin Dam (south of Queenstown) onwards will be closed for the period 27 November to 4 December 2017.

Access to Bird River Recreational Area will be restricted.

Permits for the  Mt McCall Road will not be issued for this period. 

The closure is due to bridge work on the Andrew River Bridge.


Temporary closure of some facilities at Fortescue Bay, Tasman National Park

Updated 13 November 2017

The Fortescue Bay boat ramp, jetty and car park and parts of the Mill Creek campground will be temporarily closed Thursday, 16 November 2017 for installation of a new 12 metre bridge to Mill Creek. 

Campers and other visitors may be directed to temporarily relocate their vehicles and gear during the operation during that day. Walkers may be redirected around the site. 

For safety reasons, please obey all signs and directions. Where possible visitors are requested to avoid the area. 

Information about alternative boat ramps is available on the Marine and Safety Tasmania website http://www.mast.tas.gov.au/facilities/?facility_type=ramps&facility_region=south&facility_municipality=tasman&facility_keywords=

Cape Raoul and Shipstern Bluff Walking Tracks closed morning of Friday 17 November

Updated 10 November 2017

The Parks and Wildlife Service will be installing story seats in collaboration with the University of Tasmania Furniture Design School next week on the Cape Raoul/Shipstern Bluff Tracks. This will occur on the morning of Friday 17 November on Cape Raoul/Shipstern Bluff. Cape Raoul and Shipstern Bluff will be closed Friday morning until 1pm in the afternoon. 

Note helicopter operations are, as always, dependant of favourable weather.

We request park users phone 6250 3980 or 0429 661 513 on the day prior to their intended midweek visit for updated information on closures.

Temporary closure of the Shot Tower, Hobart

Updated 10 November 2017

The Shot Tower at Taroona (Hobart) will be closed temporarily, from 13-15 November 2017 for maintenance. For further information contact 0427 770 422.


Dora Point Campground Temporary Toilet/Shower Reopened

Updated 9 October 2017

The Parks and Wildlife Service wish to advise that the Dora Point toilet / shower block has reopened following the completion of works at the Humbug Point dam.

Stormlea Road road and car park works November-December 2017

Updated 2 November 2017

Work will begin in November 2017 to construct upgraded vehicle and pedestrian access at the Cape Raoul and Shipstern Bluff trackhead at the end of Stormlea Road on the Tasman Peninsula. Construction is expected to be complete by late December 2017.

During construction beware of large vehicles and machinery working on the road and in the car park. Beware of people walking on the road and please observe warning signs and follow safety instructions.

During construction there may be delays and fewer parking spaces available. To avoid delaying construction and damage to your vehicle, please park only where directed. For short periods the tracks may be closed.

During the construction period, please consider avoiding the Stormlea Road area and visiting one of the many alternative walks on the Tasman Peninsula, such as the Cape Hauy, Waterfall Bluff, and Crescent Bay/Mt Brown tracks. For more information about alternative walking options go to http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=3876


Trout Creek campground at Scamander Recreation Reserve has re-opened

Updated 1 November 2017

The campground at Trout Creek in the Scamander Recreation Reserve and all access roads, has re-opened today as the bushfire near St Helens is now under control. 

For further information contact the St Helens Field Centre. Phone 6387 5510.

Temporary closure of the Lake St Clair boat ramp for upgrading

Updated 1 November 2017

Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) wishes to advise members of the public the Lake St Clair boat ramp will be closed from Monday 6 November until Friday 8 December 2017 to allow for upgrading works (weather permitting). Alternate launching is available for small boats from the beach off Pumphouse Point Road. 

For more information contact Jim Caulfield at MAST on 6235 8853 or 0419 120 209. MAST apologises for any inconvenience that may be caused.


Campfire restrictions in national parks and reserves

Updated 25 October 2017

Campfires and pot fires have been banned at high risk campgrounds in reserves across the east of the State until further notice. Gas stoves are permitted.

The reserves are in the area from Mt William National Park along the East Coast to Orford, including Maria Island and at Lime Bay in the South-east. Further areas may be considered for extended open fire restrictions as the bushfire season progresses. Other areas will have short-term open fire restrictions depending upon the forecast fire danger rating or if there is a Total Fire Ban declared.

In the current conditions, campfires can easily escape, spread rapidly and threaten those in campgrounds or nearby communities.


Hastings Thermal Springs Pool temporary CLOSURE

Updated 26 October 2017

The Hastings Cave and Thermal Springs pool will be temporarily closed for maintenance and painting from 4-15 November 2017. The closure includes associated facilities in the pool area, including the change rooms, barbecues and short walks.


Intending visitors should note however, that the Newdegate Cave and Hastings Visitor Centre will be OPEN for business as usual during this time.

For further information contact the Hastings Visitor Centre on 6298 3209.


Visiting Frenchmans Cap - Lake Tahune hut Construction CLOSURE

Updated 25 October 2017

Walkers are advised that work has begun on the construction of a new hut at Lake Tahune.

During this time, we are advising walkers to camp at Lake Vera as there will be NO tent-based camping available at Lake Tahune, and no access to the hut during the construction period.

Walkers can still access Frenchmans Cap, but are advised to do this as a day trip from Lake Vera as the Lake Vera hut and camping platforms will be unaffected by these works at Lake Tahune.

The Parks and Wildlife Service apologises for any inconvenience and thanks walkers for their cooperation

For further information contact the Ulverstone office on 6464 3008.


Western Lakes Road at Lake Augusta OPEN

Updated 18 October 2017 

Western Lake Road at Lake Augusta is now OPEN allowing access to the Nineteen Lagoons area.

A reminder that Nineteen Lagoons is a fuel stove only area and all motor vehicles, including motor bikes are to conform to formed roads.


Freycinet National Park Track OPEN

Wineglass Bay lookout to beach walk and Hazards Beach track

Updated 16 October 2017

The walk to Wineglass Bay at Freycinet National Park Track upgrades and improvements have been completed. The track from the lookout to Wineglass Bay beach has been to improve visitor comfort and safety by providing improved step levels. 

Works to repair flood damage on the Hazards Beach track have also been completed.

For further information, please contact the Freycinet Visitor Centre on 6256 7000.


Lillico penguin viewing platform now OPEN

Updated 10 October 2017

The penguin viewing platform at the Lillico Beach Conservation Area on the Bass Highway west of Devonport is now complete and open to the public.


Russell Falls (Mount Field National Park) Western Side Track CLOSURE

Updated 10 October 2017 

The Parks and Wildlife Service wish to advise that works to the Western side of the Russell Falls Track upgrade at Mount Field National Park are under way with the track surface being upgraded and widened to provide full wheelchair access to Australia W1 standard.  There will be some movement of machinery around the Visitor Centre.  Work has commenced and will conclude approximately on late November 2017.

During this time, some glow worms may still be visible from the left hand side of the viewing platform, others have been sighted around the higher viewing platform above the right hand side of the main viewing deck.

Any enquiries to the Mount Field PWS Office between 9.00am and 4.30pm on 03 6288 1149

Crotty Road CLOSURE

Updated 10 October 2017

The Parks and Wildlife Service wish to advise that works to re-decking of the Andrew River Bridge will commence around Monday 16 October 2017 and will conclude approximately on Monday 30 October 2017.

During this time, Crotty Road from the Darwin Dam site onward to restrict any access into the Bird River Recreational Area.

Any enquiries to the Strahan PWS Office between 8.00am and 4.30pm on 03 6472 6020.

Cape Raoul and Shipstern Bluff tracks Track CLOSURE

Updated 25 September 2017

Construction upgrades continue on the Cape Raoul and Shipstern Bluff tracks. These tracks will be open every weekend and public holidays (including Easter and ANZAC Day). From April to October 2017 the tracks will be closed on Tuesdays and other midweek days (weather permitting) to permit helicopter sling loading operations. It is expected that work will be completed Mid December 2017.

We request park users phone 6250 3980 or 0429 661 513 on the day prior to their intended midweek visit for updated information on closures.


Wielangta Road bridges complete

Updated 4 July 2017

The replacement of four bridges on Wielangta Road is complete, signalling a major step forward in the overall upgrade of the road. 

The new bridges are part of a $1.2 million project to upgrade the road to improve its long term sustainability as a tourism route. 

While the road is now open from Orford to Kellevie, it is not currently recommended for two-wheel drive vehicles and drivers are advised to drive with caution.  Further upgrades to the road surface and drainage are planned for later this year.

Bruny Island Neck Improvements

Updated 3 July 2017 

Works to improve safety for road users, visitors and wildlife at the Bruny Island Neck will be starting on Thursday 6 July, continuing through to December 2017.

Access to the existing carpark and Bruny Island Neck walkway will be closed for the duration of construction.

There will be some disruption to traffic with speed restrictions and altered road conditions. Road users are reminded to slow down, approach the work site with caution, follow all traffic control instructions and allow extra time for their journey, particularly when planning to meet a ferry.

The Department of State Growth and Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service are jointly delivering the project that will include: 

  •  widening and sealing 2.5 kilometres of Bruny Island Main Road along The Neck,
  • construction of a larger car park that will provide room for 24 vehicles and bus parking with safer entry and exit driveway accesses, 
  • a dedicated wildlife zone within The Neck for the resident Little Penguins and shearwaters, including penguin tunnels under the road, fencing and signage. 

Works have been timed to avoid the penguin and shearwater breeding period and away from peak visitor times. 

Further information about the works can be found on the Transport website: www.transport.tas.gov.au/road/projects/


Full re-opening of Mersey Forest Road – vehicle access restored to Walls of Jerusalem

Updated 30 June 2017

Driver access to the Walls of Jerusalem National Park has today been restored with the reopening of the Fish River Bridge on the Mersey Forest Road. The reinstatement of the Fish River bridge is complete, allowing direct vehicle access to the Walls of Jerusalem National Park main parking area and the remaining length of the Mersey Forest Road.


Liffey Falls now OPEN

Updated 14 June 2017

Access to upper Liffey Falls has reopened following the completion of road works. The falls can now be reached from both the upper and lower access points. For further details, see our Visitors Guide.

Parsons Track, Caveside, CLOSED until further notice

Updated 20 January 2017

A recent thorough inspection of Parsons Track, which starts at Caveside, near Mole Creek, has confirmed extensive damage to the track due to collapsed culvert/bridges and a very large landslip. Rangers have deemed it unsafe for walkers until further notice.


Devils Gullet Walking Track CLOSED untill further notice 

Updated 17th October 2017

Please note that the due to fire damage the walking track to Devils Gullet remains closed.  Track works are currently being undertaken and proposed to be finished by early to mid November.

For further information please contact:

Great Western Tiers Field Centre 

Phone: 03 67012171 or 0418 569 563


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