There continues to be massive support from all over the world, which is really appreciated, but we would still like to see you here on holiday too. We are not closed.
Last Friday we watched in horror at the unfolding situation in Dunalley and the well-publicised effect that fire has had on the Tasman Peninsula. There has been major disruption to activities in that area, and visitor access to Port Arthur and the surrounding towns and attractions is not expected to open for perhaps a few days yet.
We also witnessed other localised fires near Bicheno on the East Coast and the precautionary closure of the road – for a time – to Coles Bay. Thankfully that has now been contained and has returned to normal. An area near Wynyard was similarly affected yesterday but has also been stabilised.
Three National Parks are also closed at present – Mt Field & Freycinet (they *both* open tomorrow – yeh!), and the South West Track.
While it may seem so, the fires are NOT affecting the whole state and Tasmania is very much open for visitors. Our airports are open and the airlines and ferries are operating. Accommodation providers, attractions and tours and restaurants in all unaffected areas continue to welcome national and international visitors and even with a busy summer season there is accommodation available in most parts of the state.
If you already have bookings in place it is best to re-confirm with the provider (or agent) and if necessary make alternative arrangements to visit another area of the state.
Visitors already here with forward travel plans as well as those planning to visit can also contact one of the Tasmanian Visitor Centres for information (1800 990 440), or visit www.discovertasmania.com.
During this time we advise that whilst traveling, you should regularly report in with friends and relatives to let them know of your whereabouts. There are some remote areas of Tasmania you may wish to visit and full mobile phone coverage is not always available. Be aware of this and always let people know your travel plans in advance.
Tasmania’s Department of Premier and Cabinet continue to offer a ‘catch-all’ site for all questions and notices – it is useful for both locals and visitors.