Looking after Tassie’s Wild Places
Did you know that the Tasmanian Wilderness and World Heritage Area is one of only two properties in the world listed under the World Heritage Convention on the basis of three cultural heritage and four natural heritage criteria? Tasmania’s wild places have world significance.
Within one of those places – Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, lie the Twisted Lakes. These rugged tarns with stunning endemic flora are a favourite among bushwalkers. Over time the Twisted Lakes walking track has become muddy and eroded in some sections, with environmental damage occurring through repeated foot traffic.
A project funded in the most recent Grant round of Wildcare’s Tasmanian Nature Conservation Fund, is the rehabilitation of the Twisted Lakes walking track.
This track work will ensure walkers stay on the formal track, significantly reducing any further impact on the fragile sub-alpine environment and allowing already impacted areas to recover while maintaining the wild character for everyone to enjoy for years to come.
The Twisted Lakes “Adopt-a-Track” project, aka “the Wild and Twisted Project”, is a partnership initiative between Wildcare Cradle Mountain Volunteers and Parks and Wildlife Service Cradle Mountain. Since 2017, Wildcare Cradle Mountain Volunteers have been involved in an ongoing program of works on the Twisted Lakes Track which has included track maintenance and installation of snow poles enabled by donations to the Wildcare Tasmanian Nature Conservation Fund.