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Smoke at The Neck Campground, Bruny Island


The Neck Campground on Bruny Island remains open this Easter. However there is a considerable amount of smoke in the vicinity of the camping ground following this week's fuel reduction burn.More

Fuel reduction burn at Risdon Vale


The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) will undertake a planned burn of 136 ha at Risdon Vale, Hobart, tomorrow, weather permitting.More

Macquarie Island free of pests


The Macquarie Island Pest Eradication Project has been declared a success.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.

The Neck Campground, Bruny Island - Smoke nuisance

Updated 17 April 2014

The Neck Campground on Bruny Island remains open this Easter. However there is a considerable amount of smoke in the vicinity of the camping ground following this week’s fuel reduction burn. Campers who are likely to be affected by smoke may like to review their choice of camping ground on Bruny Island this Easter. Other PWS camping grounds are at Jetty Beach and Cloudy Bay Beach (4WD access only). These are the suggested alternative sites to the Neck Campground .

Cape Pillar Track open during Easter holiday

Updated 9 April 2014

Helicopter operations associated with the construction of the Three Capes Track will be suspended during the Easter public holiday period. As such the Cape Pillar Track, Mount Fortescue Track and the Arthurs Peak Track will be open from Good Friday 18 April through to Easter Tuesday 22 April 2014. Construction work may still be underway and walkers must follow any directions given by track workers. Enquiries: Sam Lennox 0438 983 252

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.

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

Updated 19 March 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.

Franklin River Nature trail closed due to dangerous trees

Updated 21 February 2014

The Franklin River Nature Trail in the Wild Rivers National Park has been temporarily closed due to dangerous trees.

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

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.