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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2005  
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Contents >> Environment >> Land >> National Parks

A National Park is a large natural area of land containing a representative or outstanding sample of major natural regions, features or scenery.

(Source: National Parks and Wildlife Act 1970)

The aims of declaring an area a National Park include:

  • conserving natural biological diversity
  • conserving geological diversity
  • preserving the quality of water and protecting catchments
  • conserving sites or areas of cultural significance
  • encouraging education based on the purpose of reservation and the natural or cultural values of the National Park
  • encouraging research, particularly that which furthers the purpose of reservation
  • protecting against, and rehabilitating from impacts such as fire, introduced species, disease and soil erosion
  • encouraging and providing for tourism and recreational use
  • preserving the natural, primitive and remote character of wilderness areas.

The total area of the 19 National Parks is 1,430,762 hectares, or about 21% of Tasmania's area.

(Source: Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment.)

NATIONAL PARKS, Tasmania

Name
Area (ha)
Year
gazetted
LocationDescription

Ben Lomond
18,192
1947
North-eastAlpine, skifields
Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair(a)
161,204
1922
West centralMountains, lakes
Douglas Apsley
16,086
1989
East coastDry schlerophyll forest
Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers(a)
446,342
1939
South-westWilderness, rivers
Freycinet
16,803
1916
East coastCoastal, granite
Hartz Mountains(a)
7,140
1939
SouthMountains, forest
Kent Group
2,374
2001
North-eastWildlife, coastal
Maria Island
11,550
1972
East coastWildlife, historic
Mole Creek Karst(a)(b)
1,345
1996
Central NorthCaves, karst landscape
Mount Field
15,881
1916
South centralAlpine, skifields
Mount William
18,439
1973
North-eastCoastal, wildlife
Narawntapu (formerly Asbestos Range)
4,349
1976
North coastCoastal heathland
Rocky Cape
3,064
1967
North-westCoastal heath
Savage River
17,980
1999
North-westWilderness, rainforest
South Bruny
5,059
1997
South-eastCoastal, heath
Southwest(a)
618,190
1951
South-westRugged wilderness
Strzelecki
4,215
1967
Flinders IslandMountains, coastal
Tasman
10,750
1917
Tasman PeninsulaDry schlerophyll forest, scenic
Walls of Jerusalem(a)
51,800
1981
West centralAlpine plateau

(a) Constitute Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, from 12.12.82, extended 15.12.89. Includes part of Mole Creek Karst.
(b) Gazetted as a series of State Reserves in 1939. The National Park was established in 1996, derived from the existing State Reserves.

Source: Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment (National Parks listing).

The Kent Group is Tasmania's newest National Park. Information about the Kent Group can be found on the Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment web site at www.dpiwe.tas.gov.au/inter.nsf/WebPages/LBUN-54Q8KZ?open

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