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Second round of consultation begins on the future of Freycinet Peninsula

13/03/2019

Tasmania's unrivalled natural environment is a key driver in our nation-leading visitor economy and the Freycinet Peninsula is one of our most popular tourism destinations.More

Sustainable Timber Tasmania and Parks and Wildlife Service issue safety message

08/03/2019

Over the coming weeks, a number of roads inside of fire impacted areas will reopen.More

PWS Fire Update - Friday 22 February 2019

22/02/2019

To date, the fire area has affected around 94,000 ha (about 6%) of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) and approximately 42,476 ha (about 3.4%) of other reserves managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service.More

Southwest National Park

Highlights

The rugged peaks of the Southwest

The rugged peaks of the south-west

The Southwest National Park is the largest in Tasmania. A region of wild rivers and jagged mountain ranges, rolling buttongrass plains and silent, green rainforests, the southwest encompasses some of the finest wilderness country in Australia, and indeed is among the last remaining temperate wilderness areas on Earth.

The drive along the Gordon River Road to Strathgordon is nothing short of spectacular. The greatest asset of this national park is the sheer scale of its wilderness regions. On a fine day, a drive along this road will be a memorable experience.

Some of the best fishing in Australia can be found in the Southwest National Park, while bushwalkers will find some of Australia's premier wilderness walks, including the South Coast and Port Davey Tracks. There is also a range of less demanding walks, including the popular Creep Crawly Trail.

Mt Rugby

Photographing the rugged
mountains of the southwest

The Bathurst Harbour - Port Davey region is an excellent example of a drowned river valley. Beneath the waters of Bathurst Channel lives a range of fascinating marine species, such as sea pens. These animals are usually found in much deeper water. In the Channel, the dark, tannin-stained water allows the sea pens to thrive in very shallow water.

The area is also the sole breeding grounds of the highly endangered orange-bellied parrot. Visitors to Melaleuca can see these beautifully coloured parrots at the Bird Hide.