If you’ve been following Think Tasmania lately, you’d be aware of our Best in Tassie Challenges: cupcakes, jewellery, beaches, pies, caves and so on. The conversation generated on Facebook combined with the feedback we receive on the website provides great material for future articles. However, when we called for opinions about national parks in Tasmania, the results made us re-think the plan.

National Parks - Freycinet, East Coast of Tasmania
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We asked readers to nominate their favourite national parks in Tasmania
Photo by Dan Fellow ~ Freycinet National Park, east coast

National Parks: Tasmanian Diversity on Show

We acknowledge in this case, that there doesn’t have to be a single “best”. We’re happy to accept the national parks in Tasmania are all different and all have their own special features. The visitor certainly has a lot of options to choose from.

Strzelecki - National Park, Flinders Island
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Strzelecki National Park Ranges, Flinders Island (Photo by Roger Findlay)

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife provide comprehensive coverage on their website of the national parks they manage. They also distribute a wonderful and informative newsletter called Buttongrass.

Here’s a few fast facts about National Parks that might be of interest…

  • there are 19 different national parks around the state of Tasmania
  • entry fees apply and visitors need to purchase a park pass
  • dogs and other pets and prohibited from entering national parks
  • 40% of Tasmania is protected in either national parks or state reserves
National Parks - Narawntapu
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Bakers Beach, Narawntapu National Park, north west coast (Photo by Michelle Kneipp Pegler)

Did You Know: Narawntapu National Park in the north of Tasmania was originally called Asbestos Range National Park. How bizarre! I heard this during a recent conversation regarding the dual naming of Mount Wellington in Hobart to incorporate the mountain’s Aboriginal name (Kunanyi).

Think Tasmania, Think National Parks

Think Tasmania has published several articles over the years reflecting the experience of our writers and photographers in national parks. There are so many places we have yet to cover, and we’ll continue to explore the great outdoors and provide you with information. Here’s the links to article highlights so far, covering some of the most popular and easily accessible regions…

National Parks - Rocky Cape
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A beautiful sunset over rockpools in the Rocky Cape National Park (Photo by Carol Haberle)

We’ve also managed to visit several less accessible places, which some might say makes them even more special…

National Parks - Southwest
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Southwest National Park seen from the air with Par Avion Wilderness Tours

Reader Opinion: National Parks in Tasmania

Here’s a sample of feedback from our National Parks Facebook challenge…

Rachel from the Waterfalls Cafe Mt Field National Park told us there was “no contest”. She went on to give her reasons… “because everyone can access its beauty. From the ten-minute wheelchair accessible walk to the awe-inspiring Russell Falls; to the hiking available at Mt Field East. There is something for everyone to enjoy. I always love hearing the squeals of joy and seeing excited people showing me their photos of the platypus, echidna, pademelon or other amazing wildlife they have seen. I live with QUOLLS in my back yard and don’t even mind the beautiful possums. No matter what time of day or night, Mt Field is a wonderful place to visit.”

National Parks - Mt Field
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Mt Field National Park in the south of Tasmania

As always, all relevant opinions are welcomed in our conversations, even totally biased ones! We don’t mind blatant business plugs in this context, and we appreciate the information provided to our readers.


 

Jillian sited Cradle Mountain as the original, the best and totally unique. No where else in the world has the same geology, vegetation or atmosphere. As Weindorfer said it is a “place where there is no time and nothing matters”. It came about because of Kate and Gustav’s love for each other and the environment. Jillian apparently goes there often to rejuvenate.

National Parks - Cradle Mountain, Gustav Weindorfer Waldheim Chalet
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Waldheim Chalet, home of Gustav Weindorfer, Cradle Mountain (Photo by Carol Haberle)

Our very own Carol Haberle declared it was too hard to choose because each and every one of our national parks are so uniquely different. Like so much of Tassie, it depends on location as to what the attributes are re: fauna and flora. She loves each and every one of our national parks, and so loves the diversity.

National Parks - Buttongrass Native Flora, Information Centre Cradle Mountain
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Buttongrass, Cradle Mountain National Park
A perfect day brings magical reflections (Photos by Carol Haberle)

Vicki agreed with Carol… she travels all over the state and is often asked to name her favourite spot.  She can never answer, as she feels every part of Tasmania has a special unique beauty.


 

Susan, a regular visitor to Tasmania said all the national parks she’d visited were beautiful, but Mount Field was the first to come to mind. She was impressed by the waterfalls, big trees and Tasmanian wildlife.

National Parks - Russell Falls, Mt Field
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Russell Falls at Mt Field National Park, a highlight for visitors (Photo by Dan Fellow)

Haylee, who works at Cradle Mountain, sent two photos to Think Tasmania in response to our Best in Tassie questions on Facebook. To be honest, we can’t recall if they were sent in response to the “best tourist attraction” or “best national park” question… both photos could apply to either!! We do know Haylee was quite adamant that Cradle Mountain was the “best place in Tassie”. It’s terrific of Haylee to share her passion (and photos!) with all our readers. She certainly has a top spot to work.

National Parks - Cradle Mountain
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Haylee sent in this beautiful photo from Cradle Mountain National Park

National Parks - Wombats
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Wombats, Cradle Mountain National Park Tasmania (Photo from Haylee)

All relevant and reasonable opinions are welcome in Think Tasmania
discussions. The submission of topic ideas for future Best in Tassie
Challenges
from readers and interested parties will also be considered.

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