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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

10 May 2019 

Hartz Mountain National Park is now open to the public. Please take care on the road and thank you for your patience.

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




Southwest National Park 

  •  all remote area walking tracks west of Huonville are closed, including: Nevada Peak, 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) 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). 

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

  •  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, Timbs Track, The Needles, Mt Anne Circuit, Eastern Arthurs, Mount Mueller. Other tyrackis currently closed include, Lake Rhona, Vale of Rasselas, Wylds Craig, Wherretts Lookout. 

  •  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.



The Tasmania Police is advising people to take extra care if driving, bushwalking, fishing or camping in in fire affected 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. Be well prepared for changing weather conditions.

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 

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

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

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

Maria Island National Park Notice of Temporary Closure

Updated 21 June 2019

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) plans to undertake a population control operation for macropod species at Maria Island National Park from 5pm Friday 28 June – 8am Friday 5 July 2019.

Public access to Maria Island National Park is prohibited during this time to ensure public safety.

For further information please contact PWS office on Maria Island on 6257 1420.

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.

No Water on Freycinet Peninsula Circuit Walk

Updated 14 April 2019

Walkers are advised that there is currently no water available on the Freycinet Circuit walk. The water tanks at Cooks Beach campsite are very low. Overnight walkers should carry as much water as they can.

Lake Ada Bridge Replacement – Temporary Site Closure

Updated 8 April 2019

Site works to replace the flood damaged pedestrian bridge between Lake Ada and Ada Lagoon will be underway between Wednesday 10 April and Friday 12 April 2019. 

As part of these works the carpark at the end of Lake Augusta Road and the Talinah 4x4 Track will be closed from 0700-0900 on Thursday 11 April 2019. 

This closure is required to facilitate the helicopter operations for the replacement of the bridge as is subject to weather. 

The boat ramp at Lake Ada will be available during the closure however there will be limited parking. Once the helicopter operations are completed the carpark and track will be reopened. 

Access across the pedestrian bridge between Lake Ada and Ada Lagoon may also be limited on Thursday 11 April 2019. Visitors are advised to avoid the area if possible during the works period. 

For further information please contact the PWS Project Manager on 6777 2255.

Walls of Jerusalem Carpark Upgrade

Updated 9 April 2019

The Parks and Wildlife Service is pleased to announce the commencement of works on the Walls of Jerusalem Carpark. The works will include the construction of a toilet and walker registration booth in the main carpark, along with an additional overflow car parking area.

The works will be carried out in 2 stages, allowing visitors to be able to use this area as usual. Completion of Stage 1 is expected to take 4 weeks (weather permitting), with commencement scheduled for the week of April 9th. 

Once completed, it will be opened for use and Stage 2 of the project will be initiated. With the commencement of Stage 2, a temporary access route will be established to accommodate walkers until the completion of the works. 

During this time there will be numerous heavy vehicles utilising the Walls of Jerusalem access road. If you are planning on visiting the area, please drive with extreme caution and obey all signs.


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.

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.

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.