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History unlocked at Richmond Gaol

12/11/2018

Investment in the restoration of the Gaoler's House at Richmond Gaol will enhance the visitor experience at one of Tasmania's key historic sites.More

Campfire restrictions in national parks and reserves

09/11/2018

Restrictions on campfires, pot fires and other solid fuel stoves will come in to place from next Wednesday (November 14) at identified Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) campgrounds around the State to help reduce the risk of bushfires.More

Godfreys Beach penguin viewing platform open

07/11/2018

The development of a new penguin viewing platform at Godfreys Beach at The Nut State Reserve in Stanley has recently been completed by the Parks and Wildlife Service.More

Record visitor numbers at Highfield Historic Site

09/05/2018

Visitation numbers at Highfield Historic Site in Stanley have reached a record high, with 12,535 visitors recorded in the 12 months ending March 2018. This is the highest number of visitors since the tally began in 2004 and comes at a time in which significant investment has been made into conservation works at the site, managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service.


The recent $150,000 investment is funded by the Tourism Infrastructure in Parks program and contributes to ongoing restoration and preservation projects. 


Major improvement works undertaken include rust treating and painting, electrical upgrades, guttering and plumbing, replacement of doors and windows, masonry repairs, lath and plaster stabilisation and the laying of a new Tasmanian oak floor in the 1844 kitchen. The old school room has also received a much-needed makeover.


Draft plans for new amenities in the barn building and waste water design have also been produced and a new septic system is set to be installed.


Conservation works began in December 2017 and the remaining projects are due to be finalised in the coming months.


The Highfield Historic Site provides a historically accurate vision of the original 1830s residential estate, with superb views across The Nut and Bass Strait. It is a major attraction in the State’s North-West and plays an important role in our booming tourism industry.