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Eco-tourism projects proceed to the next stage of the EOI process


The Hodgman Liberal Government has announced that four projects will proceed to the next stage of the Expression Of Interest process.More

Improved access to Ralphs Falls


The Ralphs Falls track, one of Tasmania's 60 Great Short Walks within the Mt Victoria Regional Reserve, is now open to the public after repairs and upgrades.More

Providing a safe environment for penguins requires responsible dog ownership


The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) suspect that dogs are responsible for six more penguin deaths at Sulphur Creek near Burnie on 1 November, bringing the total to 20 penguins killed in the area over the last seven days.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 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.

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

Updated 16 October 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 Three Capes Track is planned to be open for walkers in late December 2015. Email enquiries or comments can be sent to the PWS at threecapestrack@parks.tas.gov.au


Construction begins on Meander Falls Road bridges replacement

15 October 2015

Work will begin on the Meander Falls Road bridges replacement project on 19 October 2015. Construction will be highly dependent on weather and river levels, but it is anticipated that works will be completed over a 4-6 week period.

During construction Meander Falls Road will be closed to the public past the intersection with Scotts Road. As a result there will be no access to Smoko Road or the walking tracks starting on this road including Stone Hut, Ironstone and Mother Cummings Peak tracks. Access will be available to emergency vehicles if required.

Visitors should contact PWS staff on 6777 2179 to check the status of Smoko Road prior to visiting, to avoid disappointment.

Temporary closure of Narawntapu National Park for bridge replacement

Updated 5 October 2015

Narawntapu National Park will be closed on Tuesday, 13 October 2015 as there will be no vehicle access to the western entry of the park on Bakers Beach Road, due to bridge replacement works. Vehicles will not be able to either enter or leave the park by that entry for the entire day. It is expected the park will be open the following day on Wednesday, 14th October 2015. For further information ahead of the 13 October closure, contact the Narawntapu Visitor Centre on 6428 6277.

Access to Mt Dromedary Conservation Area

Updated 5 October 2015

All vehicle and walking tracks in the Mt Dromedary Conservation Area are closed until further notice due to a bushfire in the reserve. Check the Tasmania Fire Service website www.fire.tas.gov.au for the latest updates on the fire situation.


Temporary closure of Ben Lomond campground

Updated 21 September 2015

The Ben Lomond campground will be closed for 3 days from 5-7 October 2015 for a private production event. The nearest toilet facility is located within the public shelter at the Ben Lomond ski village. For further information contact the Tamar Field Centre 6336 5391.

Temporary closure of Coolangatta Road, Bruny Island, extended

Updated 16 September 2015

The Coolangatta Road on Bruny Island between Resolution Road and Clennents Link Road (which accesses Mt Mangana), Bruny Island, remains closed. PWS have undertaken some remedial works on the road, and are taking the opportunity to keep the road closed until the surface dries out, to prevent further damage to the road.

For further information contact the PWS Huonville office on 6121 7026 between 10.00am and 4.00pm.


Mt Victoria Road now open

Updated 30 June 2015

The Mt Victoria Road in Tasmania’s north-east re-opened as of  Friday, 26 June 2015.

Works to repair and improve the 9.5 km of gravel road on the Mt Victoria Road between the New River Road junction (Ringarooma end) and Forest Lodge Road (St Columba Falls end) have been completed. Road users are advised however, that it remains a narrow, gravel road with limited passing or turning areas. It is not recommended for large vehicles or vehicles towing trailers/caravans.

We recommend that visitors access Cash’s Gorge (Ralph Falls) from the New River Road (Ringarooma end). The lookout for Ralphs Falls remains closed, however the circuit walk and Cash’s Gorge Lookout are open.

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

Junee Cave walking track closed

Updated 27 March 2015

The walking track to Junee Cave near Mt Field has been closed due to major damage at the old vehicle bridge that is currently used by pedestrians to cross the Junee Creek at the carpark. 

For further details contact Mt Field on 6288 1149.

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.

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.