Digital maps and Open Data


The last 3 months have seen some changes in the availability of data for those of us that like mapping and other geeky things. In December, the Tasmanian government started releasing some spatial data via an “Open Data Portal” where its possible to download GIS vector data such as the road network, rivers, streams, lakes, […]

Young Leaders Get Outside

As part of the leadership training for the Get Outside Program, young leaders are encouraged and supported to lead trips with their communities to local reserves and National Parks. This story highlights the success of a young Chinese woman called Shuang Shuang who successfully took 30 Chinese people to explore the Tasman National Park. Trip […]

Schouten Island shenanigans!

Friends of Freycinet


From the north and the south they travelled to this iconic, much visited National Park.  But they did not come to gaze in awe at the granite mountains, nor the white sands, blue waters or eagles soaring effortlessly overhead.  No, they came to work.  Well, every now and again one or two could be seen […]

Great track section, pity about the ends

Friends of Mt Field

A Friends of Mount Field project on the Lakes Belton and Belcher Track A 400 metre section of track down to the Humboldt River remained to be done and we managed to complete the clearing back of vegetation along 320 metres, including segments on the buttongrass flat prior to the river crossing. Although there are […]

Bash the Boxthorn in Bass Strait

Never been to Flinders or Goose Island in the Furneaux group? Here is your chance, and we pay the airfares! Pack some strong gloves though, because the weeding you will be doing is the particularly thorny invasive boxthorn bush. If this sounds like your kind of action then check out the requirements here.

Less Scrub Now

Getting to Collins Bonnet from Myrtle Forest has been a scrubby affair for a number of years, but it has suddenly become a much clearer track.  Along with Parks staff, the Wellington Park Bushcare Group  cut back the heavy overgrowth for quite a length of the track. It was a pleasant temperature and a fine […]

Getting Outside with prams at Mount Field National Park

Saturday the 8th March was cool and a bit rainy but it didn’t stop 45 people turning up for a journey to the beautiful Mount Field National Park. The waterfall at Russell Falls put on an awesome display on the day and the tall trees walk was worth all the steps. “This is one of […]

Day Trip to Maatsuyker Island

The Friends of Maatsuyker Island are offering a day trip via boat to Maatsuyker Island on either Saturday 28th or Sunday 29th March 2015. If you are interested in finding out more or booking a place, please send Sheryl an email or phone (see numbers below).   The day boat trips are a great experience. […]


Friends of Tasman Island

TEN DAYS ON TASMAN ISLAND! EXPERIENCED VOLUNTEER NEEDED Due to a late cancellation we have one  spare spot on the April working bee team on Tasman Island. Thanks to all those volunteers who put their hands via email and mobile.  The position has now been filled. FoTI will be in contact with each of you shortly re future […]

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