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Join us for the Power of Parks forum at Launceston

22/07/2016

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) in partnership with the University of Tasmania is exploring The Power of Parks through a series of UTAS public forums celebrating the benefits that parks and reserves provide to Tasmania's overall identify.More

Shipwreck identified as the Viola

19/07/2016

Timber samples from a ship wrecked on Tasmania's East Coast nearly 160 years ago have been identified as the Canadian-built brig Viola.More

Prosecution for Stanley penguin deaths

15/07/2016

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) and the Circular Head Council have conducted a joint investigation after 18 little penguins were found dead near a rookery in Stanley on the State's North-West coast last week.More

Update on parks and tracks affected by bushfires

17/01/2013

Many tracks in the Tasman National Park remain closed due to active fire and/or fire fighting activities, however the closure of the Fortescue Bay Road and campground will be reviewed later today.


Tasman National Park continues to be affected by the Forcett fire which is still not controlled. All Tasman National Park tracks are closed, including Waterfall Bay to Fortescue Bay, Cape Hauy, Cape Pillar, Cape Raoul and Shipstern Bluff. Tracks in the Eaglehawk Neck area remain closed.


The Fortescue Bay Road and campground remain closed.


Lime Bay State Reserve and Remarkable Cave are open.


Mount Field National Park is open, with the exception of the alpine area tracks. The tracks around the visitor centre, including Russell Falls and Tall Trees-Lady Barron Falls, are open, as is the campground. The alpine area tracks remain closed due to the Lake Repulse fire and fire activity in the Broad River area, which may pose a threat to the park.


Southwest National Park: a 49,000 hectare fire continues to affect the area between Port Davey and Lake Pedder.  Closed tracks include:  Western and Eastern Arthurs tracks, the Port Davey Track, Old Port Davey Track, Junction Creek Track, Arthur Plains Track, Cracroft Valley Track, Blakes Opening - Huon Track, Farmhouse Creek and the Old River traverse. The Huon and Edgar campgrounds remain closed.


Southwest National Park: The Scotts Peak Road, Mt Anne Circuit and Lake Judd Track are open.  The South Coast Track is open. Access is still available to Melaleuca, however visitors are advised not to travel north of Melaleuca.


For the latest information on bushfires, go to the Tasmania Fire Service website www.fire.tas.gov.au or listen to your local ABC radio.