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Hartz Peak Track Closed

21/01/2019

PWS advises that the Hartz Peak Track in Hartz Mountains National Park has been closed until further notice due to increased fire risk.More

PWS Campfire restrictions extended statewide

21/01/2019

The Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is extending the current campfire restrictions statewide until further notice.More

PWS Fire update

20/01/2019

There are many fires currently burning in national parks and reserves in Tasmania, including the Southwest National Park and Southwest Conservation Area.More

World Heritage Values

Introduction

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Mountainous landscapes of the WHA

The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (WHA) is one of the largest conservation reserves in Australia, covering over 1.4 million hectares, or about 20% of the island of Tasmania, the southern-most State of Australia. It conserves a diverse array of both natural and cultural features of outstanding global significance. The region provides pristine habitats for a range of plants and animals that are found nowhere else in the world, including many rare and endangered species. For a number of animals which have become extinct on mainland Australia in recent times, the area offers a last refuge.

The WHA is the Australian stronghold of temperate rainforest and alpine vegetation. Its landforms are of immense beauty and reveal a rich and complex geology. Aboriginal occupation extending back beyond 36 000 years, combined with nearly two centuries of European settlement, have created a legacy of humanity's interaction with the wilderness.

Join us on this virtual visit to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and discover for yourself the rich natural and cultural values which have made the WHA one of the Earth's most important wilderness regions.