Summer plans are a walk in national parks

ANOTHER summer of fun is under way with the Tasmanian National Parks Discovery Ranger Program.

The program, now in its 35th year, includes a series of free activities at national parks and reserves around the state, ranging from guided walks to quiz nights and games for all ages.

Parks Minister Brian Wightman said while the program aimed to inspire participants to discover and connect with natural and cultural values, it also encouraged visitors to take care when they visited natural environments.

The Discovery Ranger Program runs over six weeks until February 10.

6pt UNIV INTO HELIOS; Starts in UNIV, breakback goes to helios, loops on breakbacks.Northern locations include:

  North-East  - Bridport, Waterhouse, Tomahawk, Petal Point, Musselroe and Mount William National Park. 

   East Coast   - Deep Creek, Ansons Bay, Policemans Point, Cosy Corner, Swimcart Beach, Binalong Bay and St Helens.

   Freycinet  - Freycinet Visitor Centre, Richardsons Beach and the outdoor theatre at Coles Bay. 

   Maria Island  - Mess Hall, campground barbecue shelter, Commissariat Store and the Maria Island Ranger Station.

   Cradle Mountain  - Interpretation Centre, the Discovery Park and the Dove Lake bus shelter.  (Every Friday from 7pm Discovery Rangers will run the Wombat Waddle twilight ramble from the Cradle Mountain Visitors Centre) 

   Narawntapu-Central Coast  - Narawntapu National Park, Port Sorell, Devonport, Ulverstone and Greens Beach.  (Every Friday from 8pm to 9.30pm Discovery Rangers will run the Sunset Stroll from the Narawntapu National Park Visitor Centre) 

   North West  - Stanley, Peggs Beach and Black River Conservation Area, Crayfish Creek, Rocky Cape National Park, Sisters Beach, Burnie and Penguin.  (Every Friday from 8.15pm Discovery Rangers will run the Creatures of the Night walk at The Nut in Stanley.) 

Check the Parks and Wildlife Service website www.parks.tas.gov.au for the full program.

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