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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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Latest track and reserve openings and closures update

Updated Friday 22nd March 2019 – 12.30pm

Access to some national parks and reserve areas is being managed for public safety by PWS due to the current fire situation and impact from the fires. The following sections list the current closures for tracks, parks and reserves in the three regions of the State, and detail key messages to the public.

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THE FOLLOWING TRACKS, ROADS AND AREAS REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

SOUTHERN REGION 

Southwest National Park
all remote area walking tracks west of Huonville are closed, including: Nevada Peak, Lake Skinner, Mt Weld, Federation Peak (Farmhouse Creek and Huon), Mt Picton
– tracks in the Mt Anne area (including the Mt Anne Circuit, Mt Eliza and Lake Judd tracks), Western Arthurs (including Arthur Plains) and Eastern Arthurs (including Federation Peak) are closed and likely to remain so for an extended period to allow for assessment of damage and risk, and if required, repairs to track infrastructure (eg steps and boardwalks)
Huon campground (Scotts Peak Road) and Edgar campground (Scotts Peak Rd) in the Southwest National Park remain closed
Mt Wedge track is closed
– Port Davey Track is closed. (South Coast Track is open.)

Mount Field National Park  The alpine tracks are open for day walks, however they remain closed for overnight walks.

Gordon River Road – is now open but walking tracks in Southwest National Park and Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, which are accessible off the road will remain closed until further notice. These tracks include: The Spires, Lake Curly, Denison Traverse, Mt Wedge, Timbs Track, The Needles, Mt Anne Circuit, Port Davey Track, Western Arthurs, Eastern Arthurs, Frankland Range, Mount Mueller.

Florentine Valley Road – all walking tracks off the road are closed until further notice (Florentine Valley Road is currently closed, affecting access to Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park and Mt Field National Park). These tracks include: Adamsfield, Lake Rhona, Vale of Rasselas, Wylds Craig, Wherretts Lookout, Niggly Cave, Growling Swallet.

Clear Hill Road – Saw Back Range and Adamsfield tracks.

Styx Road – all walking tracks off the road are closed (Styx Road is currently closed, affecting access to a number of parks and reserves). These tracks include: Snowy North, Tolkien Track, Chapel Tree, Styx Big Tree/River Walk, Jubilee Road, Jubilee Range, Mt Styx.

Hartz Mountain National Park – all walking tracks (including Kermandie Falls) are closed.

Weld River Regional Reserve – Reuben Falls and Glovers Bluff tracks are closed.

NORTHERN REGION

Liawenee Conservation Area – the reserve is closed

Rainbow Point Conservation Area – the reserve is closed

Remarkable Rock Conservation Area – the reserve is closed

Five Mile Pinnacles Conservation Area – the reserve is closed 

Top Marshes Conservation Area – the reserve is closed.

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KEY MESSAGES

While the change in weather conditions has eased the fire threat, Tasmania Fire Service is advising people to avoid fire affected areas where possible, and to take extra care if driving, bushwalking, fishing or camping in these areas. Trees and other obstacles that have been impacted by fire are extremely dangerous and may continue to fall over the coming weeks.

In addition, PWS is asking visitors to remain vigilant. Please do not enter fire affected areas on PWS managed reserves until they are deemed safe; respect temporary signage and follow any instructions from PWS staff. There are hazards in these areas that most visitors would not be aware of, including unstable burnt ground and infrastructure, and hazardous trees that have potential to cause serious injury.

When setting off on bushwalks, walkers are reminded to always use the Walker Logbooks provided, and to sign in and out.

Campfire restrictions are in place across all national parks, reserves and crown land state-wide until further notice. This includes all campfires, fire pots and other enclosed devices that burn wood, charcoal or solid fuel.

Stay informed in case conditions change, check in at visitor centres for the latest information, heed advice at track heads, follow directions of PWS staff at national parks and reserves, listen to ABC local radio, and monitor the following websites:

Parks and Wildlife Reserve/Track Closures www.parks.tas.gov.au/closures 

Fire alerts list and map www.fire.tas.gov.au 

Road and vehicle track closures www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/ 

Tasmanian Government alerts www.alert.tas.gov.au 


Mount Field National Park Campground maintenance works

Updated 22 March 2019

The Mount Field National Park Campground will be closed from 25 March 2019 until approximately 1 April 2019, for major maintenance works to be undertaken. 

Due to the nature of the work, access to shower, toilet, camp kitchen and laundry facilities will be unavailable, resulting in the closure of the campground for this period. 

For further information please contact the Mount Field National Park Visitor Centre on 03 6288 1149, between 9.00am and 5.00pm. 

We ask for your patience while the works are completed and apologise for any inconvenience.

Mathinna Falls access road closed

Updated 19 March 2019

The access road to Mathina Falls has been closed until further notice. Walkers are still able to access walking track but will be required to walk a further 400m of road to access toilet and walking track.

Short Delays – Montezuma Falls Walking Track

On Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th of March, visitors to the Montezuma Falls Walking Track may experience delays of up to 10 minutes, while machinery is being used to repair the walking track surface. Parks and Wildlife staff will be on site to guide visitors through the works area. For further details contact the West Coast Field Centre on (03) 6472 6020. 

Notice of site closure: Remarkable Cave – Cresent Bay – Mt Brown, Tasman Peninsula

Updated 13 February 2019

From the 1 May 2019 to 1 October 2019 (inclusive), the Remarkable Cave Site and walking tracks from there to Cresent Bay and Mt Brown will be closed. This is to allow construction work and for safety reasons, and will deliver improved visitor facilities.

At Remarkable Cave these facilities will be closed: the car park, toilet, cave access track and viewing platforms. 

The walking track from Remarkable Cave via Maingon Blowhole to Crescent Bay and Mt Brown will be closed. 

There will be no access to other areas within the Tasman National Park from Safety Cove Road through the Remarkable Cave site, please do not park along Safety Cove Road. 

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 Peninusla.

Campfire restrictions declared in national parks and reserves

Restrictions on campfires, pot fires and other solid fuel stoves will be in place from Wednesday 14 November until further notice at identified Parks and Wildlife Service campgrounds around the State to help reduce the risk of bushfires. Tasmania is experiencing an extremely dry and warm period along the eastern coastal strip of the State. The seasonal campfire restrictions apply to reserves on King and Flinders Islands, from Port Sorell to Mt William on the north coast, and Mt William to Orford, including Maria Island, on the east coast.

For full details, see our feature page.


Strathgordon Boat Ramp Closed

Updated 8 January 2019

The boat ramp at Strathgordon (near the Wilderness Lodge) has been closed until further notice due to near-by air operations. Anglers are requested to use the Serpentine Dam boat ramp about 10km west of the lodge.


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.


Refurbishment of Tasman National Park Blowhole toilet building

Updated 16 November 2018

Work is currently underway on a refurbishment of the Blowhole toilet building in Tasman National Park. Throughout the works, access to the building will be restricted and 11 portaloos will be available at the Blowhole carpark (including an all mobility access one), serviced daily. Works are scheduled for completion in December.

For enquiries, contact Tasman Field Centre on 6250 3980.


Car park at Goat Island closed due to storm damage

Updated 2 October 2018

The car park at Goat Island within the Three Sisters – Goat Island Nature Reserve is currently closed due to storm damage and is likely to be closed until early 2019. The car park is only closed for vehicles and people can still access the reserve on foot.


Mersey River – safety advice for paddlers

Updated 7 June 2018

Canoeists and rafters using the Upper Mersey River from the Mersey White Water Regional Reserve are advised that a large volume of logs and debris has built up at the entrance to Lake Parangana, which could interfere with safe passage.

This area poses a severe risk to water craft with the potential to become entangled and jammed. The Parks and Wildlife Service recommends that paddlers and other recreational users avoid the area until further notice.

For more information or updates, please contact the Great Western Tiers Field Centre on 03 6701 2104.


Judds Creek Road closed

Updated 22 May 2018

Two river crossings on the Judd's Creek Road (Russell Ridge CA) have been cut by the recent flood event. The reserve received 168mm of rain fall in a 24 hour period, severely damaging the road. Judd's Creek Road provides access from the Judbury entrance to the Russell Ridge CA and the Billy Brown Falls Walking Track. The road will remain closed until further notice.

For further details, please call the Huonville Office on 03 6121 7026.


Damage to infrastructure - Ben Lomond National Park

Updated 16 May 2018

A fire overnight has caused extensive damage to the Ben Lomond Alpine Hotel and the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service day shelter (including public toilets) and connecting boardwalk.

The fire has had a significant impact on some services in the national park. The national park remains open, however for safety reasons some infrastructure is currently closed.

It is important for anyone planning a visit to the national park to be aware that services at the hotel have been affected as well as some other infrastructure and people need to plan their trip accordingly for the time being.

The fire caused significant damage to the Parks and Wildlife Service day shelter on the mountain as well as the connecting boardwalk to the shelter. For public safety reasons this infrastructure is closed until further notice. The closure means that no public toilet facilities are available at the ski field.

The Ben Lomond campground is the closest public toilet location, which is approximately eight kilometres from the village.

For enquiries please contact the Tamar Field Centre on 03 6336 5397.

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