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New picnic facilities for Penny's Lagoon


The Parks and Wildlife Service has completed the construction of a new picnic shelter at Penny's Lagoon within the Lavinia State Reserve on King Island.

Celebrating World Ranger Day


The work of Tasmania's rangers is vital in the daily management of our 19 national parks and more than 800 reserves, encompassing approximately 50 per cent of the State.

Southwest ecological burns important for orange-bellied parrot conservation


Planned ecological burns in Southwest National Park will help regenerate important habitat areas for the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot.More

Background Notes 1b

1b Why have national parks?

In a world where people take advantage of every resource to develop the full potential of farming land, mineral wealth, forests and rivers, the concept of reserving land to ensure it remains natural is becoming increasingly important.

  • Orange-bellied parrot

    To ensure the survival of our diverse and often unique animal and plant life.

  • Tasmanian devil

    To properly ensure the survival of animals and birds we must protect sufficient areas of the native habitats they require.

  • Mountain Berry

    As a store of plants and animals – we are still discovering uses for plants and animals previously thought to be unimportant. Scientists can research environments in their natural state.

  • Fox with bandicoot

    Tasmania is the last stronghold for many animals which have disappeared or are disappearing from mainland Australia because of habitat destruction or competition from introduced animals such as foxes and cats.

  • Meander Falls

    Native forest ensures water in nearby streams is clean and clear, and constantly generates fresh air. Plants also purify the air we breathe.

  • Commisariet Store, Maria

    To protect important Aboriginal and other heritage sites.

  • Enjoying wild landscapes

    As recreation areas – for walking, camping, fishing, swimming, skiing, observing, learning, socialising, solitude, peace, quiet and adventure. By ensuring that such areas are protected, people will be able to enjoy and find inspiration in them now and into the future.

  • Tasmania's wilderness

    For their intrinsic value - their value outside and beyond the values of people. Wild places existed before humans and will exist when humans are no more.