Centenary of Tasmanian Parks

This year marks the centenary of the state’s first national parks, Mount Field and Freycinet, reserved for the first time on 29 August 1916.      


Events to celebrate

A summary of upcoming events to celebrate the centerary of national parks in Tasmania. See the Events Calendar for full details.

Date ​Event ​Activities
Entries close midnight Monday 31 October 2016#freycinetnp100 Centenary Instagram Photo Competition​Enter the #freycinetnp100 Centenary Instagram Photo Competition.

Follow us on Instagram @tasmaniaparks and post up to five images using the hashtag #freycinetnp100. Visit parks.tas.gov.au/freycinetnp100 for competition details.
Saturday 27 – Monday 29 August 2016

​Parks for Free*​As part of the centenary celebrations, entry to all Tasmanian national parks will be free between 27 and 29 August 2016. So why not  get outdoors and reconnect with nature.

 * Conditions apply. Read more
Saturday 27th - Monday 29th August 2016
Freycinet National Park Centenary Celebrations

Join us for a weekend of fun and discovery. Community showcase and trade stalls, fun team challenge, surprises on the Wineglass Bay Lookout Walk, Aboriginal dancing, dancing and craft workshops,  Discovery Ranger activities, food and beverage, and lots more​            

Free park entry

Please see the poster, short program and printer-friendly program for more information. The detailed program includes booking information.

​Saturday 27 – Monday 29 August 2016​Mount Field National Park Centenary Celebration​Join us for a weekend of fun and discovery.
Free park entry.
Please see the poster and program for more information.
Saturday 27th August 2016
​Breakfast with the birds & Wetlands guided walk

Tamar Island Wetlands Centre
​A 1 hour bird viewing tour by our knowledgeable volunteers, followed by a light breakfast at the centre with a gold coin donation. Tour starts at 7:30am and bookings are essential as numbers are limited. RSVP your spot by August 24 on 6327 3964

A 1.5 hour guided tour to Tamar Island discovering wetlands ecology, wetlands wildlife and history of Tamar Island. Tour starts at 10:30am, bookings not required.
Saturday 27th - Monday 29th August 2016​Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs -
FREE entry to the Thermal Springs Pool
​Entry includes access to the thermal pool, barbeques and picnic shelters as well as the 10 minute Platypus Walk and 30 minute Hot Springs Forest Walk.

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Stories to tell - what's in a name?



Mount Field National Park was named after Barron Field, an early judge of the New South Wales Supreme Court. He was a keen amateur naturalist and in 1819 presided at the first sitting of the Van Diemen's Land Supreme Court.

Russell Falls was known as Brownings Falls from around 1856 after the original discoverer and local settler. They became known as Russell Falls after 1884 by which time they were already a popular tourist attraction. The original Russell Falls, named for a member of an exploration party in the Derwent Valley, was actually located on the Tyenna River, which was previously known as Russell Falls River.



Pictures to see

Assistant Parks Ranger Rupert Belcher at Mount Field National Park from the Jack Thwaites collection 1930 - 1976, courtesy Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office

View the Centenary of Parks Gallery...




The Parks and Wildlife Service is indebted to the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office (TAHO) for providing most of the photographs on this website.

The search for relevant material has turned up some wonderful images as well as useful information that has greatly assisted the Centenary project.

TAHO’s extensive collection of archival and heritage material is online at http://www.linc.tas.gov.au/archive-heritage

Specific publications and websites

Peter MacFie: Biography William George Crooke Australian Dictionary of Biography Supplementary Volume (MUP) 2005 (Australian National University, Canberra); Mt Field - The Evolution of Tasmania's First National Park (DPW&H)  

Tasmanian Field Naturalists Club: Easter Camp-Out 1909 to Wineglass Bay, Freycinet Peninsula (TAHO)

Parks and Wildlife Service website www.parks.tas.gov.au

Tazi Tiger coins, stamps, medal and collectables website http://www.thestampplace.com/information/stamps/tasmanian-pictorial-stamps.html

Tasmanian Tramp No 11 December 1939 (TAHO)





Centenary of Tasmanian Parks
GPO Box 1751
Hobart TAS 7001

Email: ParksCentenary@parks.tas.gov.au