Jan
09
2013

It has been a bad few days – but we’re still here!

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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.
www.dpac.tas.gov.au/bushfires

Fabulous Liffey Falls, cool temperate rainforest on the slopes of the Great Western Tiers - 60kms from Launceston

North South Track on Mt Wellington a BMX rider's (downhill) paradise

Hobart Waterfront will transform next month with The Wooden Boat Festival

Kates Berry Farm near Swansea on the East Coast of  Tasmania

Leaning Chrurch Vineyard grounds

An ever lovable wombat pictured at Bonorong Wild Life and Rescue Centre - many animals found following fires have been taken to sanctuaries such as this ...

The Old School of Mines and Metalurgy - now a museum at Zeehan

Blowhole north of Bicheno -  Image Credit: Dianah Mieglich

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Comments

  • admin says:

    No – all good.

  • Clare says:

    Is Marion Bay affected by the fires?
    Thanks

  • admin says:

    Totally clear of the affected area. Plan to come and enjoy. The Huon Valley has not been involved in the just concluded crisis.

  • trish says:

    Is the Huon Valley area affected by the fires? Am thinking of the Hastings cave and thermal pools. Cheers

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