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Summary of Pirates Bay Visitor Services Zone Site Plan 2007

The full version of the Pirates Bay Visitor Services Zone Site Plan 2007 can be downloaded as a PDF File (3700 Kb).

Draft concept plans for carparking redevelopments at Pirates Bay (PDF 5500 Kb) and Tasman Arch (PDF 2300 Kb) are also available for download. The PWS and Tasman Council invite feedback on these plans.


This site plan is for the Pirates Bay Visitor Services Zone. The zone is defined in the Tasman National Park (and Reserves) Management Plan 2011.

The main reasons for producing the site plan were:

  • The need to consider development of parking and other facilities. 
  • The Tasman Tourism Development Strategy 2005 (Tasman Council, 2005) has a key strategy of creating an iconic natural area destination. It chose the Pirates Bay area as that destination. 

The area lacked a clear plan to ensure visitors had a high quality experience.  In partnership with the Tasman community, the Parks and Wildlife Service developed a vision and site plan for the Blowhole and Tasman Arch precinct.  

The Parks and Wildlife Service released a draft Pirates Bay Visitor Services Zone site plan in 2006 for public comment.  This plan is now finalised with strong support from the community.  

The site plan contains a vision of how the community and the Parks and Wildlife Service want the zone to function, look and feel in 10 years’ time. It also provides some flexibility for future changes. 

The zone is one of Tasmania’s most visited reserve locations, with over a quarter of a million visitors a year to the Blowhole and Tasman Arch alone. Visitation has, and will continue, to grow.


The Premier, Paul Lennon and the Minister for Tourism, Arts and the Environment launched the site plan for the Pirates Bay Visitor Services Zone on 22 May 2007. 

They also announced $1 .3 million funding to implement key proposals of the site plan including upgrading existing car parks in the Blowhole area, developing new car parking suitable for up to 90 vehicles and improvements to the Tasman Arch and Devils Kitchen visitor node.

The project will be implemented by the Tasman Council, with the Parks and Wildlife Service working closely with council to ensure the highest standard of works and outcome for locals and visitors.

These improvements will enhance the overall visitor experience, whilst addressing key safety and amenity issues that have impacted on both local and visitors use and recreation of this precinct for many years.  

This project has been a successful model of community, local and State Government working collaboratively to develop a clear vision, strategy and funding to improve local amenity whilst at the same time enhancing the quality of the visitor experience.