Our Latest News

Fuel reduction burn at Wineglass Bay Lookout Track on 25-26 May 2015

21/05/2015

Weather permitting, the Parks and Wildlife Service will undertake a fuel reduction burn at the Wineglass Bay Lookout Track, within Freycinet National Park, on Monday 25 May and Tuesday 26 May. The burn is part of the statewide Fuel Reduction Program.More

Lease agreement for Entally Historic Site

04/05/2015

Tasmania's historic heritage is one of our greatest assets and the Tasmanian Government is pleased to announce a lease agreement with Entally Lodge Pty Ltd to ensure a bright future for the Entally Historic Site at Hadspen.More

Major fuel reduction burn to protect North-East towns

28/04/2015

A large strategic fuel reduction burn today across public land, Forestry land and private property will reduce bushfire risk to Gladstone, Eddystone Point and Ansons Bay in Tasmania's North East.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.

Cape Pillar Track open for Queen’s Birthday long weekend

Updated 27 May 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 track will be open between 6 - 8 June 2015 (inclusive) for the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. 

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

Mt Victoria Road temporary closure for road repair

Updated 27 May 2015

The Mt Victoria Road between Ringarooma and St Columba Falls will be closed between 1-15 June, 2015, for repairs to a 9.5 km section of gravel road. During this time, there will be no public access, to ensure public safety and allow the works to be completed quickly. Mt Victoria Road will be closed at the New River Road junction (Ringarooma end) and Forest Lodge Road (St Columba Falls end).

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

Limited access to Maria Island during May 

Updated 15 May 2015

Currently there is no regular ferry service to Maria Island provided by commercial operators, until 1 June 2015. People with prior bookings for accommodation or those wishing to visit the island on the weekends of May 16-17, 23-24 and 30-31, please contact the PWS Maria Island office on 6257 1420.

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

Updated 10 April 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

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.

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.