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Fire advice for the February long weekend

07/02/2014

Campers and bushwalkers are urged to be very careful with any campfires and to observe additional fire restrictions that may apply in parks and reserves as we head into a long weekend at the peak of the fire season.More

Maria Island ferry operator sought

07/02/2014

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is calling for expressions of interest for a single passenger ferry operator for Maria Island National Park.More

DVDs celebrate the Arthur-Pieman

03/02/2014

A suite of three DVDs produced by the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) promotes the sustainable use of the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area, its rich Aboriginal heritage and the passion of the people who live and work there.More

Track, Campsite and Reserve Closures and Re-openings

Please note: There may be closures or re-openings other than those listed here. Please also see our Facebook page for other possible closures.

For the latest bushfire information, go to the Tasmania Fire Service website at www.fire.tas.gov.au. As some walking tracks within national parks and reserves are accessed across land managed by Forestry Tasmania it is worthwhile checking for road closures on the Forestry Tasmania website. The DIER web site also has information on road closures in Tasmania.

For further information on track, reserve or campsite closures, please contact local rangers.
See our Office Contacts for contact details.

Restricted access to the Cape Pillar Track for construction of the Three Capes Track

 

Due to the construction of the Three Capes Track, it is necessary to restrict access to the Cape Pillar Track in the interests of public safety.

 

The Cape Pillar Track and the Arthurs Peak Track are closed on Mondays through to Thursdays while track crews are working and helicopters are delivering materials. 

 

Walkers are permitted to walk the tracks on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

 

Walkers are asked to respect this closure for their own safety.

 

The Parks and Wildlife Service has made every effort to provide some level of access without compromising public safety or track construction proceeding as efficiently as possible. 

 

These arrangements will be reviewed as construction progresses. The project is planned to be open for walkers in November 2015.

 

Email enquiries or comments can be sent to the PWS at threecapestrack@parks.tas.gov.au.


Southwest National Park track reopened

12 February 2014

The Moonlight Ridge track to Pindars Peak has reopened following containment of a bushfire at Moonlight Flats in the Southern Ranges. 


Roads and tracks affected by the Lake Burbury fire, east of Queenstown

7 February 2014

OPEN

The Lyell Highway is open but motorists should drive with caution as there is smoke in the area that may affect the highway. 
Frenchmans Cap walking track is open.
Donaghys Lookout is open.

CLOSED
Nelson Falls walking track is closed.
Lake Burbury campground is now open.
The walking route from Frenchmans Cap walking track (near Tahune Hut) to Lyell Highway via Irenabyss & Raglan Range is closed.

For more information go to:  www.fire.tas.gov.au


Temporary closure of Mersey River suspension bridge for maintenance

3 February 2014

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) will this week begin a program of significant maintenance work on the Mersey River suspension bridge which is used to access the Lees Paddocks walking track within the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

Work on the suspension bridge will commence on 6 February 2014 and is expected to be completed by 12 March 2014. During this time, the bridge will be closed to public access daily between the hours of 9am to 4pm.

Walkers will be able to use the bridge outside of the closure times or use alternative access points. For further information regarding the planned works and closure please contact the (PWS) Great Western Tiers senior ranger on 6363 5133.


Irenabys walking track and Donnellys Hill closed due to fire

30 January 2014

The walking route which departs the Frenchmans Cap Track at Tahune Hut to Irenabys and Raglan Range then to the Lyell Highway is closed due to  fire. The Frenchmans Cap Track, Donaghies Hill Track and Collingwood River (Franklin River departure) remain open. Donnellys Hill on the Heemskirk Road is also closed in preparation for a backburn and active fire in the area.


Nelson Falls walking track and Lake Burbury campground closed due to fire

29 January 2014

The Nelson River Falls walking track on the Lyell Highway is closed until further notice due to a bushfire at Lake Burbury. The Lake Burbury campground is also closed until further notice.


Temporary closure of Lake Barrington Rowing Course Access Road

22 January 2014

The Lake Barrington Rowing Course Access Road (near Sheffield) will be closed for maintenance works on the following days; 3-6 February 2014 and 10-20 February 2014.

We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause.

For further information contact Parks and Reserves manager Linda Overend on 0407 132 812


Cockle Creek bridge opening times

Updated 6 January 2014

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) advises that different arrangements for public access to the Cockle Creek bridge will come into effect from Monday 16 December 2013. These arrangements are being put into place to limit vehicle loads on the bridge for public safety, due to the structure’s poor condition. The bridge will be open to vehicles under 12 tonnes from 10am - 4pm, seven days a week. 

A gate on the bridge will limit vehicle access outside of those hours. Pedestrian access will be available at all times. This arrangement will continue until further notice. Planning is under way to construct a new bridge and this will occur as soon as possible in 2014. 

For further information contact the PWS Huonville Field Centre on 6264 8460.


Arthurs Peak Walking Track closed

Updated 10 September 2013 

The Arthurs Peak walking track at Tasman National Park has been closed to allow the completion of track work. It is expected that the track will reopen in December.


Notley Gorge track closed due to flood damage

16 August 2013

The Notley Gorge walking track has been closed to the public until further notice. After recent heavy rain, flooding through the gorge has resulted in substantial damage to walking track infrastructure, including the loss of one of the bridges. The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) have erected track closure signs at the start of the Notley Gorge walking track and the public are requested to observe these closures as a safety precaution. It is anticipated that this track will be closed for an extended period while the PWS staff assess the extent of damage and work towards re-instating the walking track. For further enquiries please contact the Parks and Wildlife Tamar field centre on 6336 5391.


Closure of Holwell Gorge walking track

Updated 29 July 2013 

The Holwell Gorge walking track has been closed to the public until further notice. After recent heavy rain two landslips and high water flow through the gorge has resulted in substantial damage to a large section of the walking track. The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) have erected track closure signs at the start of the Holwell Gorge walking track and the public are requested to observe these closures as a safety precaution. It is anticipated that this track will be closed for an extended period while PWS staff assess the extent of damage and work towards re-instating the walking track. For further enquiries please contact the Parks and Wildlife Service Tamar field centre on 6336 5397.


Pieman Head to Ahrberg Bay area reopened - Bridges damaged

Updated 26 March 2013

The Pieman Head to Ahrberg Bay area has been reopened however, users of the area between Pieman Head and Ahrberg Bay are advised that the bridges over Violet Rivulet and Websters Creek have sustained fire damage, are impassable and are closed. The only vehicular access to the shack community is via the beach around Hardwicke Point and therefore possibly tide dependent.


Ben Lomond Public Shelter Temporarily Closed

Updated 17 January 2013

Due to scheduled maintenance works the Ben Lomond Public Shelter is closed until further notice. Toilet facilities are available at the campground below Jacobs Ladder. The Parks and Wildlife Service apologies for any inconvenience the closure may cause.

Mt William Telstra 4WD Track Closure

Updated 16 January 2013

The 4WD track between Anson’s Bay and Eddystone Pt Rd is partially closed. Specifically, the northern 3.5 km section of the Telstra Track – between the Baileys Hummock turnoff and the Eddystone Pt Rd is closed. The southern section between Anson’s Bay and Baileys Hummock is still open.

The reason for the closure is that record rainfall several years ago and ongoing use of the track has led to excessive erosion, extensive braiding of vehicle tracks and the creation of metre deep pug holes. To preserve the natural values of the area and ensure the safety of park visitors, the track north of Bailey's Hummock has been closed.


Liffey Falls Toilet no longer available

5 October 2011

PWS regret to advise that the toilet block at Liffey Falls, lower carpark, is no longer available as the facility has been burnt down.

It is unknown when the facility will be replaced. No other toilet facilities are available at the site.

Thunderush high portage removed

5 September 2011

The Thunderush high portage on the Franklin River has been removed due to ongoing engineering and maintenance issues. The low portage is still open. Please note that rafters need to carefully plan their trip through the Great Ravine when there are high water levels.

Caution about tracks in the Douglas Apsley National Park

1 April 2011

Visitors to the Douglas Apsley National Park are warned that due to recent flooding some of the tracks in this park have become severely eroded. As a result the tracks will be difficult to walk on and there will be tripping hazards such as exposed roots and rocks, steep gullies and washed out steps. The Parks and Wildlife Service are working to improve the situation. Walkers are advised to proceed with caution.


Dangerous road conditions at northern access to Douglas Apsley National Park

1 November 2010

Visitors to the Douglas Apsley National Park and users of the Leeabarra Track are advised that vehicle access to the northern entrance to Douglas Apsley National Park (via the E-Road) is currently not safe for vehicles.
Because of dangerous road conditions, the Parks and Wildlife Service advises all visitors to Douglas Apsley NP accessing via the E-Road to please leave vehicles at the start of E-Road  and walk in to the start of the Leeabarra Track (5.5km from Tasman Highway).

Please do not walk the Leeabarra Track from south to north, as this may spread phytopthera into the northern parts of the NP.

For further enquiries, contact the PWS Office on 6256 7070

Detention Falls

28 September 2010

Please be advised that the Detention Falls visitor site, including the walking track and viewing platform, is no longer available to the public. The viewing platform was closed to the public following engineering advice in 2008. It was subsequently removed as part of the Parks and Wildlife Service’s asset rationalisation program, with the objective being to close or remove certain assets so that those that remain can be better managed into the future.

For further details, contact the North West Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service Regional Office on (03) 6429 8717

Holwell Gorge walk alterations

2 August 2010

For Public safety reasons, Parks and Wildlife Service advise that the southern section of Holwell Gorge walk has been reclassified as a track for experienced walkers only, severe hazards exist and built assets within the southern section are for conservation purposes only. 

For Further Information please call Tamar Field Centre: ph 6336 5391

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