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National Parks of Tasmania




There is a park for every season and a park for Tasmania's outstanding national park system offers visitors a wide choice of opportunities to discover spectacular landscapes, from highlands carved by glaciers to quiet, solitary beaches; from cool, silent rainforests to colourful, alpine wilderness wildflowers. Tasmania's 19 national parks encompass a diversity of unspoiled habitats and ecosystems which offer refuge to unique, and often ancient, plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth.

Entry fees apply for entry into national parks. A Tasmania National Parks Pass is $60 per vehicle (up to eight passengers) and is valid for up to eight weeks.

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Ben Lomond


Dolerite cliffs and a stark alpine plateau. Region: North East

The Ben Lomond National Park is invaluable for the conservation of the flora communities and species diversity of Tasmania's alpine areas. The area consists of an outstanding variety of glacial and periglacial features which are considered of national significance. the Park is dominated by an alpine plateau over 1500 metres high and surrounded on all sides by precipitous escarpments. The basement rocks comprise slates, siltstones, greywackes and quartzite. These were intruded by granite and, later, by dolerite during the Jurassic Period. Dolerite predominates on the plateau. The only exception is a highly localised area under Coalmine Crag and around the flanks of the Ben Lomond Plateau. This exposure includes a narrow coal sequence, which was once worked commercially.

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Cradle Mountain


Tasmania’s iconic wilderness destination. Region: North West

Australia s most recognisable mountain, Cradle Mountain forms the northern end of the wild Cradle Mtn.  Lake St Clair National Park, itself a part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The familiar jagged contours of Cradle Mountain epitomise the feel of a wild landscape, while abundant wildlife, icy streams, alpine heathlands, colourful deciduous beech and ancient pines reflected in still glacial lakes entice many visitors to stay and explore.

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Douglas-Apsley


Protects rich and diverse dry sclerophyll forests. Region: East Coast

From its deep river gorges and waterfalls to its dolerite capped plateau; from dry eucalypt forest and colourful heathlands to pockets of rainforest, Douglas-Apsley National Park is a place of surprising contrasts. This park is one of the few that conserve the diverse wealth of dry sclerophyll forest plants found on the east coast of Tasmania. The crystal clear waters that run through the park are a welcome sight on a hot summer’s day. Whether you want a quick picnic by a tranquil stream, a rugged walk through forest and gorge, or a place to study rare plants and animals, Douglas-Apsley can provide it for you.

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Freycinet


The jewel of Tasmania’s stunning coastline. Region: East Coast

Jutting out between The Tasman Sea and Great Oyster Bay on Tasmania’s east coast, the Freycinet Peninsula is a rugged and beautiful stretch of land, noted for its white-sand beaches, secluded coves, panoramic vistas, rocky cliffs and excellent bushwalks through the Freycinet National Park. In its own way Freycinet National Park is one of Australia's most interesting wilderness areas - where else in the world do you see red granite cliffs tumbling into the cold ocean? It is fair to say that it is one of the country's most spectacularly beautiful areas and when the weather is perfect it is hard to imagine a more peaceful and awe-inspiring piece of coastline.

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Hartz Mountains


Mountain walks and wildflowers. Region: South

Hartz Mountains National Park is a window into the south-west wilderness, offering views of remote mountain ranges as far as the southern coast. As well as spectacular views of a landscape which has been shaped by glaciers during past ice ages, the park offers a variety of unique features. Waterfalls tumble off the dolerite range that runs through the centre of the park and small glacial lakes dot the plateau. The park contains a wide variety of vegetation from wet eucalypt forest and rainforest through to alpine heath on the exposed mountain tops.

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Kent Group


The Kent Group is as beautiful as it is remote. Region: Bass Strait

The Kent Island Group lies off the north-east coast of Tasmania, between the Furneaux Group and the Victorian mainland - 72 kilometres west of Flinders Island and 70 kilometres due south of Wilsons Promontory in Victoria. The group comprises seven islands and islets - all but one is uninhabited - and rarely even appears on conventional maps. This island group is an important Australian fur seal breeding site and is the largest of only five sites in Tasmanian waters. It is especially significant because, unlike other sites, it is secure from high seas when pups are young and vulnerable. The islands are also important sanctuaries for the common diving petrels and fairy prions, and are home to significant colonies of short-tailed shearwaters, little penguins, sooty oystercatchers, cormorants and terns.

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Lake St Clair


A wilderness carved by glaciers. region: Central Highlands

Carved out by ice during several glaciations, Lake St Clair is the deepest lake in Australia and the headwaters of the Derwent River, upon which the capital city of Tasmania is located. It has an area of 1,114 km2 , and a maximum depth of 200 m. The area around Lake St Clair offers a wealth of walks, ranging from leisurely strolls to overnight bushwalks, as well as beautiful forests to explore.

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Maria Island


A tranquil island with a unique heritage. Region: East Coast

Maria Island is a unique location where the visitor feels they have left civilization behind and stepped into another world. There are no noisy cars or machinery, just the sound of the wind rustling in the trees and the occasional bird calling to another. The air is clean; the only smells that accost the nose are the perfumes of the plants in the bushland and the salt in the air, blown off the sea which surrounds you. The whole place is a treat for the senses, and an opportunity to experience something civilisation lost more than a century ago.

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Mole Creek


A network of sparkling limestone caves. Region: North West

Mole Creek is a pretty town surrounded by some of Tasmania's most beautiful wilderness and is the perfect base for exploring nearby national parks, Cradle Mountain and some amazing caves that must be seen to be believed. There are several walking and cycling tracks near Mole Creek, like the scenic Westmorland Falls and Alum Cliffs Gorge lookout. A little further afield, Liffey Falls is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and has an easy walking track with picnic facilities among lush green ferns.

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Mt Field



Tall trees, waterfalls and alpine tarns. Region: South

Mt Field National Park (16km west) is one of Tasmania's most loved national parks. The park has a wide variety of scenic features and wildlife and offers a great range of facilities for day visitors. Few other national parks in Australia offer such a diversity in vegetation, ranging from tall swamp gum forests and massive tree ferns at the base of the mountain, through rainforest along the Lake Dobson Road, to alpine vegetation at the higher elevations.

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Mt William


Long lonely beaches, rich wildlife and plant life.

From its long, lonely beaches to its teeming wildlife; from its unique history to its abundant plant life, Mt William National Park is a place of constant fascination. Nestled in the far north-east corner of the State, the park is an important area for the conservation of Tasmania's coastal heathlands and dry sclerophyll plants. Whether you fish or swim; watch birds or wander by the sea, there's always something more to see in this beautiful national park.

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Narawntapu


Untouched beaches and abundant wildlife. Region: North West

Just across the Rubicon River from Port Sorell, Narawntapu is a must-see for any visitor to Tasmania wanting to see wildlife in its natural habitat. It’s the most likely place in Tasmania you will see wombats, possums, bettongs, pademelons, kangaroos, wallabies, quolls, Tasmanian Devils and birds in their natural environment. Dawn and dusk are the best times to observe marsupials such as the wombat around the visitor centre area, which is known as Springlawn. Along the beaches, tidal flats and around the lagoon, a wide variety of waterbirds, waders and coastal birds can be observed. A bird hide in the melaleuca at the lagoon offers an ideal spot for birdwatching and photography: binoculars are recommended.

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Rocky Cape


Aboriginal heritage, shipwrecks and more. Region: North West

Rocky Cape National Park offers a fascinating variety of walks, ranging from less than 20 minutes to a full day. These take in Aboriginal rock shelters and caves, scenic hills full of wildflowers and birds, and tranquil beaches, bays and rocky headlands. From Sisters Beach there is a one hour walking ciruit to Wet Cave, Lee Archer Cave, returning via Banksia Grove, a stand of giant Banksia serrata. Sisters Beach is the only place in Tasmania where they occur. Although small, Rocky Cape National Park offers visitors a varied experience on Tasmania 's coast. Here you can learn about Aboriginal life on the north-west coast. Swimming, fishing, boating and walking are popular activities. Rocky Cape's unpolluted waters regularly attract dolphins and seals. At low tide on a calm day, the rocky foreshore reveals numerous rock pools inhabited by a variety of colourful fish and plants.

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Savage River


A remote, wilderness park of temperate rainforest. Region: North West

Savage River National Park is a place explored by few, with deep ravines and river gorges flanked by steep mountain ranges, blanket bog peat soils and isolated buttongrass moorlands. The lack of roads and facilities are in keeping with the Park’s wilderness character and have allowed this special place to continue to flourish. You can catch a glimpse of the unique rainforest ecosystems of this area by exploring some of the surrounding regional reserves.

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South Bruny


Spectacular coastal scenery. Region: South (Bruny Island)

South Bruny National Park is renowned for its varied wildlife, including fairy penguins and many species of reptile. Cape Bruny Lighthouse at the southern end of the Park offers panoramic views of the Southern Ocean and the island's spectacular coastline from this 'bottom of Australia' lookout. Fairy penguins come ashore at dusk at The Neck Reserve; mutton birds also nest in the sand dunes of the narrow isthmus. In terms of breathtaking majesty, few features on South Bruny Island compare to a series of sea caves found along its rocky coastline. 'Breathtaking' is an over-used word used to describe Australia's scenery, but when it comes to these amazing coastal caverns, it is totally appropriate. The only way to see these caves is by boat.

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Southwest


The heart of the Tasmanian wilderness. Region: South West

At a massive 600,000 hectares, this national park is Tasmania's largest, and with wild rivers, jagged mountain ranges, button grass plains and ancient rainforest, forms part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The park includes stands of rare Huon pine and a myriad of plant and animal species. While much of the park is remote and hard to reach, it offers spectacular scenery that can be easily accessed on four wheels

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Strzelecki


Home of rare flora and fauna on Flinders Island. Region: Flinders Island

Strzelecki National Park is a national park on Flinders Island, 307 km north of Hobart. The park is home to abundant wildlife including more than one hundred bird species, wombats, and potoroos. It covers a SW corner of the island including Mount Strzelecki (756m), a Devonian granite twin peak mountain. It was the first peak climbed in the Three Peaks Race.

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Tasman


Spectacular sea-cliffs, pristine beaches and coastal walks. Region: South (Tasman Peninsula)

Tasman National Park protects diverse forest and spectacular coastline from Cape Surville to Waterfall Bay and Fortescue Bay; and from Cape Hauy to Cape Pillar and Cape Raoul. The park incorporates several off-shore islands, including Fossil Island, Hippolyte Rocks and Tasman Island. It is an area of great beauty and natural diversity, including some of the most stunning coastal scenery anywhere in Australia. Not suprisingly, the park offers some of the best coastal walks in the country. Many interesting rock formations can be found along the coastline, while the southern end of the park has some of the highest and most spectacular sea cliffs in Australia.

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Walls of Jerusalem


Rich alpine flora set among rugged mountains. Region: North West.

The Walls of Jerusalem is a mountainous area in the extensive central plateau of Tasmania which forms part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. As the park is remote and not accessible via road, the Walls retains its wilderness character. There are no facilities for casual visitors. The region is an alpine wilderness dominated by dolerite peaks, highland tarns and lakes and alpine vegetation. The Walls of Jerusalem National Park is very exposed to the extremes of Tasmania's changeable weather.

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Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers


Dramatic peaks, rainforest, wild rivers and gorges. Region: South West

The Franklin  Gordon Wild Rivers National Park lies in the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. It is a region of dramatic mountain peaks, beautiful rainforest, deep river valleys and spectacular gorges. The park is famous for the wild and pristine rivers that twist their way through the wilderness. The Franklin River itself has become synonymous with Australia s largest conservation battle  the battle to save the Franklin from a proposed hydro-electric power scheme which would have flooded the river.

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