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Update on fires and access to parks and tracks

07/01/2013

A very large bushfire is affecting the area between Port Davey and Lake Pedder, resulting in numerous track and campground closures. Mt Field, Douglas Apsley and Freycinet national parks remain closed until further notice.More

Southwest National Park fire update

06/01/2013

The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised that smoke from a large bushfire in the Southwest National Park is likely to continue to affect southern Tasmania communities including the Huon Valley and Hobart.More

Mt Field National Park closed until further notice

04/01/2013

Mt Field National Park will be totally CLOSED from Thursday night until further notice, due to the Lake Repulse fire which may impact the park on Friday.More

Tinderbox Marine Reserve

Introduction

seadragon

Seadragon amongst sea lettuce by Heidi Dungey

Tinderbox Marine Nature Reserve was declared to provide a safe, sheltered marine study area for education, research and recreation. A beach and the foreshore are included within the reserve.

Tinderbox reserve is a great place to go for a snorkel or scuba dive. To the south, the rock platform drops 2 or 3 metres to sand. It is an ideal place for snorkellers to explore the ledges and crevices in the reef. To the north, the reef is wider and extends into deeper water. Progressing towards the Derwent Estuary, the reef becomes increasingly exposed to weather and the reef structure becomes more complex and drops more quickly into deeper water. Leatherjackets and wrasse are common on the reef, and if you look amongst the kelp you may be lucky enough to see a big-bellied seahorse or an octopus.

View of Tinderbox Marine Reserve

View of Tinderbox Marine Reserve

Another place to dive is to head directly out from the beach. The bottom drops gradually to 12 metres, then more quickly to well over 25 metres. A dive here on the open soft bottom in greenish water is an unusual experience for many, and provides an opportunity to see spiny pipehorses or Tasmanian numbfish. Look out for feeding tentacles of numerous Holothurians (sea cucumbers) that live buried in the sediment. A night dive along the edge of the reef is a good place to see volutes and gurnards.

The reserve is jointly managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service (03 6233 6560) and Marine Resources (03 6233 2044).

See a detailed map of the Tinderbox Marine Reserve [PDF 2 Mb]