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The Tasmanian state government is currently (29/3) calling for all people to stay at home except for essential work, shopping and exercise, and to practice social/physical isolation, and has instituted a 14 day quarantine period for all travel to Tasmania.
See for the latest advice.

Wellington Park closed to the public till further notice


Following advice from the Tasmania Department of Health and Tasmanian Government that our community should limit unnecessary travel and movement in public spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trust has closed Wellington Park until further notice.

The Trust urges Tasmanians to support the national effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and stay home during this time. 

and from Parks:

Closed area: All parks and reserves closed
From 26/3/2020, last reviewed 26/3/2020


  • As of May 11 you can exercise in parks and reserves within 30km of your residence (see the rules below)
  • Same applies to Wellington Park, but Pinnacle Rd is still closed
  • Same applies to Forestry land, including Sand River, but the 30km rule also applies. "As of Monday 11 May, Permanent Timber Production Zone land managed by Sustainable Timber Tasmania can be used for exercise activities by Tasmanian residents. Residents should only use public production forest within 30 kilometres of their place of residence."
  • Social distancing rules apply everywhere


Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service

In March, a tough decision was made to close all PWS national parks and reserves across Tasmania to limit non-essential travel during the COVID-19 pandemic


The PWS is calling on Tasmanian’s to support the national effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and stay home during this time. 

From midnight Thursday 26 March, PWS is temporarily closing all national parks, reserves, campgrounds and facilities to recreational and tourism use. This means that all day walks, mountain biking, fishing and tours will not be permitted.  Washrooms, day use facilities, showers and visitor centres are closed until further notice.

Forestry land is closed as of 30/3. This includes Sand River.

In the interest of public safety, Sustainable Timber Tasmania will close all recreational areas including picnic and camping grounds from 5pm AEST Friday 27 March 2020 until further notice.

In addition, gates on Permanent Timber Production Zone land accessing these areas will be closed from Monday 30 March 2020.

Sustainable Timber Tasmania will notify the public when these closures will be lifted.

So obviously no climbing currently allowed in:

  • Mt Wellington
  • Freycinet
  • Tasman Peninsula
  • Ben Lomond
  • Rocky Cape / Sisters Beach
  • the TWWHA (Cradle Mt/Lake St Clair, the SW Wilderness)
  • Mersey Cliffs
  • Bruny Island
  • Sand River
  • Probably many more reserves that I haven't listed



. We understand this has been difficult for our nature-loving community who enjoy a wide variety of recreational uses, including bushwalking, running and swimming in the natural spaces around us.

With strict physical distancing and group gathering restrictions now embedded in our daily lives, limited access to Tasmania’s national parks and reserves will be permitted from Monday 11 May, for the purpose of local exercise only.

So, what does this all mean?

• You may exercise at your local national park or reserve. You can either walk, cycle or run to your nearest park or reserve, and if this is not possible, drive to one within 30 kilometres of your place of residence

• You must return home after you have completed your exercise and only day use is permitted.

• Gathering for picnics or other recreational activities remains prohibited.

• If carparks are full, please move on and return at another time.

• Surfing and swimming are allowed.

• Physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres between each other must be adhered to and groups are limited to two people, except for household members. Visitor centres and campgrounds remain closed until further notice.

For more information visit our website at

Please note that Wellington Park will re-open but the Pinnacle Road will remain closed to vehicle traffic.