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New picnic facilities for Penny's Lagoon


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Summary of Strzelecki National Park Management Plan 2000

The full version of the Strzelecki National Park Management Plan 2000 can be downloaded as a PDF File (1, 024 Kb)


Strzelecki National Park (4216 hectares) is located in the south-western corner of Flinders Island, the largest of the Bass Strait Islands. The park protects highly significant and diverse ecosystems as well as spectacular coastal and mountain landscapes. The park's native vegetation consists of a range of different communities which provide habitat suitable for native fauna occurring on Flinders Island. The park has important biogeographic significance in that it forms an area where plant and animal species found on mainland Australia and Tasmania overlap. The park also plays an important role in the protection of the restricted Flinder's heath (Epacris paludosa) which known to be susceptible to the cinnamon fungus disease (Phytophthora cinnamomi).

The park holds considerable scientific interest due to the high number of endemic species, rare flora and fauna and significant vegetation communities. The park is the type locality for two invertebrate species, a cave cricket (Parvotettix rangaensis) and a rare species of burrowing crayfish (Engaeus martigener). There are also a number of interesting geological features including the granite massif that forms the Strzelecki Range and coastal calcarenite formations that support unique vegetation communities.

Most of the park is on the Register of the National Estate in recognition of its natural values. The park also contains features of Aboriginal and historic heritage significance. One of these Aboriginal sites has been listed on the Register of the National Estate.

The scenic values of the park are outstanding and provide settings for a range of recreational opportunities, including camping, bushwalking, nature studies and scenic driving. There are areas of unallocated Crown land adjoining and contiguous with the park. The future tenure of these areas are currently being considered in a land-use inquiry being conducted by the Resource Planning and Development Commission. The outcomes of this inquiry will recommend future tenure and land use. These areas are an important component in the management of the park and for the integrity of the park as a whole. The major management initiatives for the park are summarised below.

  •  Improved facilities and information for visitors will be provided at the Trousers Point Visitor Service Zone.
  •  Access to the the Strzelecki Peaks walking track will be secured and improved interpretation for walkers will be provided at the base of the track.
  •  A short walk along the Trousers Point coastline will be developed.
  •  Walking access from the coast through the park to Big River Road using existing tracks will be stabilised and sign posted.
  •  Basic fire protection strategies for private land and environmental assets will be implemented.
  •  Measures will be implemented to control the spread of the cinnamon fungus disease (Phytophthora cinnamomi) into unaffected areas of the park.
  •  Feral pig numbers in the park will be reduced to manageable levels through the implementation of control strategies identified in a feral pig management plan developed for the park.