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Free Open Day to Celebrate World Parks Day


The Parks and Wildlife Service is inviting Tasmanians and visitors to enjoy the State's many parks and reserves with free entry to national parks on World Parks Day, Saturday, 19 September.

Parks and Wildlife Service general manager Peter Mooney said that World Parks Day is an opportunity to celebrate our parks and reserves.

"In Tasmania we are extremely fortunate to have nearly 40 per cent of the State reserved in parks and reserves. In that way we are a world leader," Mr Mooney said.

"Wherever you are in Tasmania, it's likely that you won't be far from a park or reserve - for example in Hobart, we can look up to the beautiful Mt Wellington which is a superb park we're fortunate to have on our doorstep. Many of our coastal areas where we choose to relax and rejuvenate are also parks or reserves.

"Parks contribute to personal and community well-being in many ways. They provide places for people to socialise with family and friends, contribute to preserving biodiversity and provide significant economic benefits through the tourism they generate.

"In Tasmania this is well demonstrated, with our major tourism drawcards such as Freycinet, Cradle Mountain and Mt Field national parks, generating significant income and jobs in regional areas.

World Parks Day is organised by Parks for Life, an international initiative created by the International Parks and Green Space Alliance (IUPGSA). It aims to communicate the critical importance of parks in a global context - promoting best practice by learning from other parks agencies and encouraging people to enjoy their local park and appreciate the importance of green space.

- Camping and cabin accommodation fees and guided tours, such as those at the Mole Creek caves, will apply as usual on 19 September.