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New picnic facilities for Penny's Lagoon

08/08/2018

The Parks and Wildlife Service has completed the construction of a new picnic shelter at Penny's Lagoon within the Lavinia State Reserve on King Island.
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Celebrating World Ranger Day

31/07/2018

The work of Tasmania's rangers is vital in the daily management of our 19 national parks and more than 800 reserves, encompassing approximately 50 per cent of the State.
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Southwest ecological burns important for orange-bellied parrot conservation

22/03/2018

Planned ecological burns in Southwest National Park will help regenerate important habitat areas for the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot.More

The Steppes

Introduction

Steppes Homestead

The Steppes homestead as it appears today

The Steppes Historic Site is located on the Lake Highway (A5) in the Central Highland’s of Tasmania about 35 km northwest of Bothwell. This State reserve, of 48 ha, not only protects the site’s historic buildings but also helps ensure that stories about a way of life, now largely gone, are carried into the future.

Since 1863 the Steppes was intertwined with the growth of sheep-grazing in the central highlands and remained the home of the Wilson family for over a hundred years. Stock was driven up to the highlands to rest the lowland paddocks during the summer months. A series of accommodation paddocks were provided en route where the sheep were held overnight. Some of these paddocks are still used today when sheep are driven from farms in the vicinity of Ouse and Bothwell to highland locations like the Liawenee moors for the summer.

Visitors can access the reserve at any time, though the interior of the homestead and some of the outbuildings are locked and can only be viewed on open days, but note that these occur only infrequently.