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Changes to private vehicle access to Dove Lake


From 22 October 2018, private vehicle access into Cradle Mountain National Park will be restricted during shuttle bus operating hours to ensure visitor safety.More

Tarkine Drive visitor facility upgrades


A tender has been advertised for upgrades to visitor sites on the Tarkine Drive.More

New improved Fortescue Bay boat ramp


Work has been completed on a major upgrade of the Fortescue Bay boat ramp on the Tasman Peninsula.More

Background Notes 1a

1a What are national parks?

Parks and Wildlife Service Vision

Our vision is for all people to value, conserve and enjoy Tasmania's natural, historical and Aboriginal heritage.

Parks and Wildlife Service Mission

Our mission is to conserve and manage Tasmania's natural, historical and Aboriginal heritage for its own value and for the benefit of people now and in the future.

Park management agencies throughout Australia and New Zealand use the following definition of a National Park: A National Park is

a relatively large area, set aside for its features of predominantly unspoilt landscape, flora and fauna, permanently dedicated for public enjoyment, education and inspiration, and protected from all interferences other than essential management practices, so that its natural attributes are preserved.

Key features of national parks

  • pristine inland water

    Unspoiled landscapes, plants and animals are protected.

  • ranger stands on an ocean lookout platform

    Managed wisely to ensure long-term protection of natural and cultural values.

  • bird's eye view of a lighthouse

    Protect significant Aboriginal and historical sites.

  • a man and woman enjoy the temperate Tasmanian rainforest

    Provide public enjoyment and recreational opportunities.

  • macro view of a forest plant's leaves

    Provide a place for education and inspiration.