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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

Parks/tracks affected by bushfires

23/01/2013

Update for 23 January 2013 - 3pm


Southwest National Park: a large fire impacted on the area between Port Davey and Lake Pedder in early-mid January.  Although the fire is no longer active, some track infrastructure is damaged. See below for info.


All access tracks to the Eastern Arthur range are now open.


The Western Arthurs are now open but access is limited.


Closed tracks:  Arthur Plains Track/Mackays Track, and Port Davey Track are still closed due to fire impact on infrastructure.


Hence the Western Arthurs can only be accessed via Moraine A and walkers must return via this route (ie the Arthur Plains remain closed). Also, walkers cannot proceed along the Port Davey track beyond the Moraine A turnoff.


Tracks in the western end of the Western Arthurs, in particular the Junction Creek area and to Mt Hesperus, Lake Cygnus have been impacted by fire, and the Junction Creek campsite is not available for use.


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. The Huon and Edgar campgrounds are now open.


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.

Parks/tracks affected by bushfires

Near the coast north of Port Davey....

Parks/tracks affected by bushfires

...and the Crossing River valley.

Parks/tracks affected by bushfires

Giblin River fire.