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
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.)
- preserving the natural, primitive and remote character of wilderness areas.
The Kent Group is Tasmania's newest National Park. Information about the Kent Group can be found on the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service web site at http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.html
NATIONAL PARKS, Tasmania
|Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair(a)|
|West central||Mountains, lakes|
|East coast||Dry schlerophyll forest|
|Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers(a)|
|East coast||Coastal, granite|
|East coast||Wildlife, historic|
|Mole Creek Karst(a)(b)|
|Central North||Caves, karst landscape|
|South central||Alpine, skifields|
|Narawntapu (formerly Asbestos Range)|
|North coast||Coastal heathland|
|Flinders Island||Mountains, coastal|
|Tasman Peninsula||Dry schlerophyll forest, scenic|
|Walls of Jerusalem(a)|
|West central||Alpine 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).