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Fly Neighbourly Advice for the Tasman National Park

24/08/2019

Public comment is invited on the draft Tasman National Park Fly Neighbourly Advice. The draft Fly Neighbourly Advice has been prepared by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service in response to increasing air traffic over the Tasman National Park.More

Hybrid diesel-electric shuttle buses at Cradle Mountain - a first for National p

19/08/2019

When you next visit Cradle Mountain you will be able to step aboard one of the new hybrid, diesel-electric, shuttle buses on your trip to Dove Lake. These new buses will reduce emissions and deliver a quieter, all mobility friendly, visitor experience.More

AFAC Independent Operational Review of the 2018-19 bushfires

08/08/2019

Following the 2018-19 bushfires the Tasmanian Government commissioned an independent report by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Council to review the overall response and identify areas where more can be done to improve the State's response andMore

World Heritage Values

Aboriginal Heritage

The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area harbours considerable cultural diversity. Some of the richest and best preserved Aboriginal sites known in Australia occur within its boundaries. For both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal persons today, the WHA offers an insight into a legacy of people's interaction with the land that extends back around 45,000 years.

The hand of humanity

Hand Stencil
Examples of some of the earliest forms of art – Aboriginal hand stencils – lie within caves deep in the heart of the WHA. These stencils are among the best preserved works of early art known. Caves and rock shelters, as well as a profusion of coastal middens and stone scatters, bear testimony to the Aboriginal people who lived in the area during the height of the last Ice Age. Nowhere else in the world is there such a variety of sites in association with extensive alpine lake and river systems. Such sites continue to be of great importance to the Tasmanian Aboriginal and broader Tasmanian community today. 

Living in a changing land

The original inhabitants of Tasmania witnessed great changes in their environment as sea level rose and vegetation patterns shifted through the course of the late Pleistocene and early Holocene. The use of fire as a tool to open up the country for hunting and ease of travel brought significant changes to the vegetation patterns of the WHA. The Tasmanian Aboriginal people, isolated from their mainland counterparts for 10 000 years, developed a culture different to that of mainland Aboriginal peoples: a culture which was attuned to the harsh landscape.

Continuing links

Today's Aboriginal community retains strong links with the region and accepts considerable responsibility for its management. Ownership of several sites within the WHA have been returned to the Aboriginal community. The long association of the Tasmanian Aboriginal people with the land reveals the illusion of "wilderness" as it is often defined today. For further information visit the Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania website.