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Draft Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan

15/01/2015

The Tasmanian Government has today released a draft of the updated Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan.More

New sign celebrates the Overland Track experience

14/01/2015

In the 1960s, visitor information signs at Lake St Clair warned of no trapping, hunting, shooting, picking shrubs, cutting timber and grazing stock. Times have changed, with a new sign installation helping Overland Track walkers to celebrate their walk.More

Overland trek guide for young adventurers

14/01/2015

Of the 8000 people who tackle the world-famous Overland Track each year, almost one in ten is under 18 years old. A new publication from the Parks and Wildlife Service recognises that the experience is different for children.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.

Platypus and Hot Springs walks at Hastings Caves Closed

Updated 27 January 2015

A large tree has fallen over the boardwalk on the Platypus Walk at Hasting Caves. Both the Platypus and Hot Springs walks are closed until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience. For further information please contact the Hastings Office at 6298 3209.


Montezuma Falls Track temporary closure 27-30 January

23 January 2015

Work on the West Coast Trails Stimulus Project will begin next week and include the walking track from Williamsford to Montezuma Falls. The initial works will involve the removal of hazardous trees and other works that will present a significant risk to visitors. As a result, the track will be closed to all visitors from 6am Tuesday, 27 January, to 5pm on Friday, 30 January. Parks and Wildlife Service and Forestry Tasmania apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. If you wish to discuss the works or the closure, please contact the PWS Queenstown office on 6471 5920.


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

Updated 16 January 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 24 and 26 January 2015 (inclusive) for the Australia Day 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

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.


Road works at Liffey Falls - update

Updated 15 December 2014

Road works within the Liffey Falls Conservation Area are continuing and the road is now expected to re-open this Wednesday, 17 December 2014.

For further information please direct any enquiries to the Ranger in Charge, Tamar on 6336 5391 between 9:00am – 4:30pm weekdays.


Emergency Road Works – Liffey Falls

Updated 26 November 2014

The Parks and Wildlife Service wish to advise that critical road works within the Liffey Falls Conservation Area are scheduled to be undertaken from 8 – 12 December 2014

Although works have been organised to cause the least amount of disruption to visitors, during this time it will be necessary to close the road to the top (main) car park and picnic area. Access to the Falls via this route will be closed to the public during the period of works. 

An alternative access to the falls via the lower campground walking track may be a suitable option for some visitors. Visitors using this track are advised that this is a lower standard of track with a gradient of more than 20 degrees in places. This track is more suited to people with a moderate level of fitness. 

Walkers will need to allow at least 2 hours return from the campground plus extra time if stopping at the viewing platforms. 

Visitors are requested to comply with all signage and follow directions until such time as normal access to the top car park has been re-instated. 

The Parks and Wildlife Service apologises for any inconvenience these works may cause. Please direct any enquiries to the Ranger in Charge, Tamar on 6336 5391 between 9:00am – 4:30pm weekdays.

Remarkable Cave temporary closure

Updated 25 November 2014

The access track to the Remarkable Caves viewing area will not be accessible between Tuesday, 25 November and Friday, 5 December inclusive. Works to the platform and handrails will make the track unsafe for access. The track will be closed at the car park exit at the commencement of the track when works are being carried out. Maingon lookout and the Maingon blowhole track from the site will be unaffected by the work.

Visitors are advised to visit outside of the above dates, or to plan to undertake other walks from the car park. Staff will endeavour to minimise the period of closure. 

Any enquiries, please contact Senior Ranger Stuart Dudgeon at Seven Mile Beach Office on 62 148100
Catamaran Bridge (access to Cockle Creek) closed on 2 December

Updated 24 November 2014

Works to replace the bridge are scheduled for Tuesday, 2 December 2014. The road at the bridge between will be closed 8:00am and 5:00pm that day. 

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.