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Busy times in national parks


Tasmania's national parks are abuzz with visitors who are making the most of good weather and ideal walking conditions.

Between Christmas and New Year is traditionally one of the busiest times in the state's parks and reserves with locals and visitors out and about, walking, camping and sharing the natural beauty of Tasmania.

At Mt Field for example, there wasn't a picnic table spare on Christmas Day as people brought their festive meals to the outdoor environment.

Many people are taking advantage of the hundreds of day walks available in parks and reserves across the State while others who may be considered more adventurous are embarking on over night or multi day walks in other areas.

About 20 walkers a day are walking the South Coast Track, 90 per cent of whom fly in to Melaleuca to begin the six to eight day walk.

The Overland Track, for which a booking system was introduced three years ago, is booked out for the straight six day walk until later in January but there are still day walks for people to enjoy at Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair.

All fees collected from the Overland Track are reinvested in track maintenance, providing information to walkers and managing the booking system. These costs include hiring a helicopter to restock and repair huts and toilets.

Managing the total number of walkers departing each day stops overcrowding at campsites and ensures a better experience for walkers as well as reduces environmental impacts.

Improvements to the car park and walking track at Wineglass Bay is also paying dividends this summer for the many visitors heading to the East Coast.

Busy times in national parks

Visitor reception officer Maree Jones talks to some of the many visitors to Mt Field.

Busy times in national parks

A group of German tourists enjoyed a barbecue tea at Mt Field.