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Seasonal campfire restrictions commence in national parks and reserves

25/09/2019

Restrictions on campfires, pot fires and other solid fuel stoves will come in to place from Saturday 28th September at identified Parks and Wildlife Service campgrounds around the State to help reduce the risk of bushfires.More

Fly Neighbourly Advice for the Tasman National Park

24/08/2019

Public comment is invited on the draft Tasman National Park Fly Neighbourly Advice. The draft Fly Neighbourly Advice has been prepared by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service in response to increasing air traffic over the Tasman National Park.More

Hybrid diesel-electric shuttle buses at Cradle Mountain - a first for National p

19/08/2019

When you next visit Cradle Mountain you will be able to step aboard one of the new hybrid, diesel-electric, shuttle buses on your trip to Dove Lake. These new buses will reduce emissions and deliver a quieter, all mobility friendly, visitor experience.More

Track, Campsite and Reserve Closures and Re-openings

From time to time, tracks, campsites and reserves will be closed for a variety of reasons, including safety risks such as high fire danger or track improvement works.

While we try to keep this page up to date, closures or re-openings can sometimes happen at short notice. For that reason, we also recommend checking the Parks and Wildlife Service Facebook page.

Short-term and short-notice closures will also be listed on notice boards at the reserve.

For further information on track, reserve or campsite closures, please contact local rangers. See our Office Contacts for the relevant contact details.

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Horseshoe Falls access closed for improvement works

Updated 10 October 2019

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) wishes to advise intending visitors to Mount Field National Park that the staircase access to Horseshoe Falls from the Russell Falls loop walk will be closed for replacement works starting on Monday 14 October 2019.

The Three Falls Great Short walk will be affected by the closure, as Horseshoe Falls will not be directly accessible on this walk while work is underway.

The Tall Trees and Russell Falls Great Short Walks will remain open. Access to Horseshoe Falls from the Tall Trees walk will still be available.

The work is expected to be completed in approximately three weeks subject to favourable weather conditions and the associated logistics of working in a remote site.

PWS requests all visitors comply with signage and contractor or PWS direction when near the works site.

PWS thank you for your understanding and look forward to providing an improved experience for visitors once works are completed.

For further information, please contact the Mount Field National Park Visitor Centre on 6288 1149 or mtfield@parks.tas.gov.au


Reopening of Lake Augusta Road

Updated 4 October 2019

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service wishes to advise that the boom gate on Lake Augusta Rd has been re-opened for public access as of today, 4th October 2019. 

Vehicular access to Lake Pillans and Double and Talinah Lagoons will remain closed with a view to reopen on 1st November (approximately) subject to road inspections determining conditions are suitable for vehicular traffic. 

For any further information please contact the Great Western Tiers Field Centre on 67012104


Walking tracks remain closed

Updated 23 September 2019

Post this year’s fires, a Recovery Team has been formed and they are developing a detailed works program to rebuild fire-affected infrastructure on the PWS road and walking track network. Visitor safety is our priority and fire affected areas will remain closed until they are safe for use. We ask for on-going patience from the community and our visitors while repair works are undertaken.

The team are working on prioritised tasks to re-instate the affected roads, walking tracks, bridges, shelters and signs. Repaired tracks and roads will be re-opened progressively as they are repaired. However some areas could take up to two years to restore to appropriate standard and re-open. 

Assessment teams including local contractors and staff have worked their way through 980kms of the road network. 450 trees have been fallen and 80 trees blasted on PWS land to remove the risk of tree fall and to clear the roadway. 

Road works proposed for 2019/20 and 20/21 will include repairs to damaged road surfaces, verges, drains, and culverts. A full assessment of the area will determine when it is safe for public access.

As a result of the fires, over 110kms of walking tracks have been identified by assessment teams as needing repair. Walking track repair works proposed for 2019/20 and 20/21 will include stabilization and repairs to duck boarding and double planking, bridges, shelters, safety barriers and signs.

Many tracks are in remote, high country where wintery winds, rain and snow melt will continue to influence the progress of recovery, as much of the work is dependent on drier conditions. Many tracks in these areas are likely to remain closed this summer. 

Visitor safety is our priority and fire affected areas will remain closed until they are safe for use. We ask for on-going patience from the community and our visitors while repair works are undertaken.

Walkers are reminded that, several walking tracks in the Southwest National Park, Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park and Florentine River Regional Reserve remain closed until further notice. 

For walker safety we ask people to adhere to the following closures:

 Riveaux Road fire ground 
 Huon Track 
 Mount Picton Track 
 Farmhouse Creek Track 
 Eastern Arthur Range Traverse 
 McKays Track (east of Kappa Moraine)


 Gell River fire ground 
 Rasselas Track 
 Lake Rhona Track 
 Adamsfield Track 
 Clearhill Track 
 Needles Track 
 Timbs Track 


 Anne Gorge and Celtic Hill fire ground
 Mt Anne Circuit 


Open tracks – please note the following tracks are open: The Mount Wedge Track, Mount Sprent Track, Western Arthur Range Traverse from Alpha Moraine to Kappa Moraine returning to Junction Creek via the western portion of MacKays Track, Port Davey Track, South Coast Track and the Hartz Mountains National Park are open.


Montezuma Falls walking track reopened

Updated 5 September 2019

The Montezuma Falls Walking Track has been reopened following the completion of works to clear a landslip. 



For further details contact the West Coast Field Centre on 03 6409 1020 or: PWS.WestCoast@parks.tas.gov.au


Bruny Island - Toilet upgrade

Updated 19 July 2019

Visitors to the lighthouse should be aware that site works are beginning on Monday 22 July.

The old toilets at the lighthouse will be closed. The closest toilets can be found prior to reaching the lighthouse, at Jetty Beach, which is 5 km to the north.

Visitors are asked to take care on the roads as there will be multiple trucks and vehicles involved with the works.

Work will continue for approximately 2 weeks.


Ben Lomond - Visitors must carry snow chains

Updated 16 July 2019

With winter officially upon us Ben Lomond visitors are reminded to please ensure that you have snow chains with you. All vehicles driving beyond the Ben Lomond Lower Car Park must carry correctly fitted snow chains at all times during the snow season (June to October) and adhere to any signage directing the fitting of chains.

Conditions may change throughout the day and, while it may be possible at times to drive to the village without chains, it may be too dangerous to drive down the mountain if it snows or water on the road freezes. If you don’t have snow chains you can access the ski village by using the transport service run by Snow Sports from the Ben Lomond Lower Car Park. Snow Sports is a private business and can be contacted on 03 6390 6185 or via www.skibenlomond.com.au Chains are not available for hire at the mountain.

Daily road conditions are available by calling 0429 646 557. This message is reviewed and updated daily by the PWS.

Snow conditions are available through the Ben Lomond Committee webpage www.benlomond.org.au

To check forecasts and the latest weather conditions refer www.bom.gov.au

Be sure to buy your park pass online National Parks Passes before heading up the mountain. Due to conditions on the mountain you will not be able to buy your pass after you arrive.


Frenchmans Cap - Lake Tahune Hut

Updated 5 July 2019

PWS are aware of reports that the Lake Tahune Hut door had become jammed shut. Access to the hut is possible, but the door will need to be replaced. In the meantime PWS ask anyone accessing the hut to ensure further damage does not occur by making sure the door is shut properly by lifting the handle up upon closing! PWS reminds all walkers on the track to carry a suitable tent as access to huts cannot be guaranteed. For further information, or to report any issues, please contact Lake St Clair Visitor Centre on (03) 6289 1115.

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Ongoing Works at Scott Kilvert Hut and Waterfall Valley

Updated 20 June 2019

Construction works are currently underway at Scott Kilvert and Waterfall Valley hut nodes to replace the existing toilets with upgraded facilities. Throughout the period of June to the end of July 2019 walkers may experience some noise and disruption at these sites. Contractors will be using the facilities at both sites whilst working, however the huts remain open and available to the public and a toilet will remain operational


Annual closure Lake Augusta Road

Updated 7 May 2019

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service wishes to advise that the boom gate on Lake Augusta Rd just beyond The Thousand Lakes Lodge, has been closed for the winter period following the conclusion of the 2018-19 fishing season.

The reopening of the boom gate is planned for around 1 October subject to road inspections determining conditions are suitable for vehicular traffic.

Vehicular access to Lake Pillans and Double and Talinah Lagoons has also been closed with reopening planned for around 1 November subject to road inspections also determining conditions are suitable.

The annual road closure ensures that vehicles are not driving on wet/boggy, snow and frost affected roads. The closure is for both public safety but also designed to limit damage to the 19 Lagoons road network by vehicles.

For any further information please contact the Great Western Tiers Field Centre on 6701 2104.


Notice of site closure: Remarkable Cave Site, Tasman Peninsula

Updated 15 October 2019 - current to 31 October 2019

From the 1 May to 2019 to 31 October 2019 (inclusive), the Remarkable Cave car park, toilet, cave access track and viewing platforms will be closed. A helicopter and construction equipment will operate in the area. Ignoring closure notices risks your and other people’s safety and disrupts work delaying reopening.

Please respect the site closure period and consider one of the many alternative visitor sites on the Tasman Peninsula.


Notice of site closure: Remarkable Cave to Crescent Bay and Mt Brown Walking Tracks, Tasman Peninsula

Updated 15 October 2019 - current to 30 November 2019

From the 1 May to 2019 to 30 November 2019 (inclusive), the walking track from Remarkable Cave via Maingon Blowhole to Crescent Bay and Mt Brown will be closed. A helicopter and construction equipment will operate in the area. Ignoring closure notices risks your and other people’s safety and disrupts work delaying reopening.

Please respect the site closure period and consider one of the many alternative visitor sites on the Tasman Peninsula.


Martha Lavinia Road restricted to 4WD vehicles

A popular road on King Island has deteriorated and now presents a potential risk to visitors. The Martha Lavinia Road is located on the north of the island and connects the main north-south arterial road with the northeast coast. It is a formed capped gravel road that is used to access two popular visitor sites; Pennys Lagoon and Lavinia Beach. The section of road beyond the Pennys Lagoon turnoff has developed large depressions that present a risk to two wheel drive cars. A management decision has been made to restrict the road between the Pennys Lagoon turnoff and Lavinia Beach to four wheel drive vehicles while a maintenance schedule for the road can be coordinated.