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Congratulations to Working on Country graduates


A partnership program between the Tasmanian Government and the Australian Government has seen four Working on Country Aboriginal rangers gain professional qualifications in land management.More

Mount Field centenary celebrations


Two of Tasmania's most loved parks, Freycinet and Mount Field, were first reserved on 29 August 1916 and this milestone is being celebrated during the year with a variety of events.

Big Green Island rat eradication under way


The first stage of a project to eradicate rats from Big Green Island and provide increased protection for its biodiversity values, is under way, following the installation of more than 2,100 bait stations using the latest digital technology.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.

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.

Cradle Cam Out of Action

Updated 5 May 2016

The popular webcam at Dove Lake is out due to a fault with the Telstra router. IT/Telstra have been notified and will fix asap.

Waldheim Day Hut & Stables temporarily closed

Updated 5 May 2016

Waldheim Day Hut & Stables at Cradle Mountain will be closed from Thursday 5th May. Conservation works will be undertaken on these historic buildings to replace roof shingles, barge boards, eaves, etc and improve overall structural integrity. Visitors will still be able to access the Waldheim Chalet & Guest Cabins.

Kynvet Falls and Dove Canyon Tracks temporarily closed

Updated 5 May 2016

Kynvet Falls and Dove Canyon Tracks will be closed from Monday 9th May. PWS is replacing the Lower Pencil Pine Falls viewing platform, staircase and connecting boardwalk to upgrade walking track facilities. Visitors will not be able to complete the Dove Canyon Circuit. Alternative access to view the Pencil Pine Falls is available via the Rainforest Walk (10-20 min circuit) starting at the Interpretation Centre. It is likely that these sites will be closed for the month, depending on weather conditions.

For further information, contact Ph: (03) 6492 1133.

Access to the Styx Big Tree Reserve Closed

Updated 4 May 2016

Access to the Styx Big Tree Reserve via Maydena is closed due to Forestry Tasmania logging operations adjoining the Styx Valley Road. Forestry Tasmania has indicated that this closure will be in place for up to three months from the beginning of May. This closure will affect the Styx Big Tree Walk, Styx River walk and the trail head for the Snowy Range walk off Jubilee Road.

For queries on road/track closures in Southern Tasmania call Forestry Tasmania’s Southern Region in Hobart on (03) 6235 8353

Temporary closure of Brushy Road (near Westbury)

24 March 2016

Access to Brushy Lagoon has been closed due to the collapse of the bridge over Black Sugarloaf Creek, which has rendered the Brushy Road impassable.  Brushy Road is closed from the intersection of Brushy Road and Priestleys Lane until further notice. The road has been physically closed with large rocks. There is no alternative access.

An initial engineering inspection will be carried out today, 24 March. Subject to that inspection and recommendation, we expect the bridge to remain closed until after Easter when a full assessment can be undertaken and appropriate repairs or replacement can be commenced.  For further information please contact the Great Western Tiers Field Centre on 6701 2104.

Current reserves and tracks closed due to bushfires

17 March 2016


Central Plateau Conservation Area / Western Tiers

Devils Gullet walking track

Mersey White Water Regional Reserve

Mersey White Water Reserve walking tracks are closed from the shelter.  The shelter and toilets are open.

Advice from Canoe Tasmania regarding Mersey White Water Regional Reserve:

The Mersey River Forest Road is open, however:

Until further notice Canoe Tasmania strongly recommends that people do not paddle the Mersey River between Rowallan Dam and Lake Parangana until: it has been confirmed that the known trees still across the river in dangerous locations have been removed; the entire slalom course has been checked for wires and ropes in the river and any found have been removed; and a party has checked the remainder of the river from the bridge below Rowallan Dam down to Lake Parangana and confirmed it is safe for normal use.


Sumac Road (Tarkine Tourist Loop Road)

Walking tracks and campgrounds accessed from Sumac Road (Tarkine Tourist Loop Road), including:

Milkshake Hills Regional Reserve and Milkshake Summit Track.


Southwest National Park

Sentinal Range Track and Wedge River Campground

Please Note:

Campfire restrictions lifted: Note that all previous campfire restrictions imposed during January have been lifted.

Walls of Jerusalem National Park The Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Mersey Forest Road, Lake Mackenzie Road and the following tracks are now all open: 
  •  Walls of Jerusalem main track 
  •  Junction Lake Track 
  •  Little Fisher Track 
  •  Moses Creek Track 
  •  Lake Myrtle Track

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

Enchanted Walk (Cradle Mt) Closure

Updated 3 March

The Enchanted Walk will be closed from 7 March to Friday, 18 March whilst the Pencil Pine Creek pedestrian bridge is replaced. This period may be extended if wet weather delays helicopter operations. This is part of the overall track upgrade to improve access for disabled or mobility impaired park visitors. Thank you for your cooperation.