National Parks and Wilderness
Tasmania's national parks cover a diversity of unspoiled habitats and ecosystems with plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth.
Around forty per cent of Tasmania is protected in national parks and reserves. Most of them are stunningly beautiful and within easy reach of our major cities - and all of them are safe to visit.
So special are our national parks that a large proportion have been included in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area in recognition of their unique natural and cultural values.
Our well know iconic places are located in or near our national parks, like Cradle Mountain in Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park and the Franklin River in the Gordon-Franklin Wild Rivers National Park - not to mention the Port Arthur Historic Site near the Tasman National Park.
Tasmania also has significant marine reserves where a delicate and beautiful underwater environment is protected for the benefit of future generations.
Tasmania's national parks and reserves are managed by the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service. Many have visitor centres where you can find out about the park's wildlife, history and geology, as well as buy parks passes, books, maps and refreshments. Parks passes are required to visit Tasmania's national parks.