New signs improving one of Tasmania's natural wonders
Walkers on the Overland Track now have better signs to help them appreciate and protect Tasmania’s alpine environment.
The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Brian Wightman, said the new signs and interpretation panels are being placed in huts and other sites to enhance a visitor’s experience.
“The track’s old signs were functional but very dated. The messages and information on the new ones really supports our vision for the Overland Track as one of the world’s great natural walks,” Mr Wightman said.
“Early feedback has been very encouraging, and I’m sure walkers over the rest of the busy summer season will appreciate the new signage,” he said. "There are new ‘welcome to site’ signs on the approaches to all huts, new noticeboards inside the huts, new signage about emergency and first-aid responses, and better information to explain the remote area toilet systems."
Other signs improve interpretation. For example, two striking canvas print panels in the Bert Nichols Hut (in the southern area of the park) depict the story of the legendary trapper, guide and ranger the hut is named after.
Many of the interpretive signs feature quotes and information to help walkers understand their natural surroundings, the history of the area, and the benefits of 'leaving no trace' on the fragile World Heritage Area.
The Minister for Tourism, Scott Bacon, said Tasmania’s parks are a strong drawcard for visitors both nationally and internationally.
“Research has shown that one of the main reasons visitors come to Tasmania is for our wilderness and wildlife,” Mr Bacon said.
“These signs will no doubt enhance the experience for walkers travelling through one of Tasmania’s great, iconic tourism experiences.
“Walking the Overland Track is a life-changing experience. It’s no wonder that Australian Traveller Magazine readers voted it the ‘Best Adventure Holiday Destination’ in 2011,” he said.
The sign replacement project is being funded by Overland Track fees, and more signs will be installed in the next six months.