Visitor numbers at Tasmanian national parks continue to surge

Published: October 11, 2023

The stunning national parks across Tasmania are continuing to be a major drawcard for grey nomads and other visitors to the state.

New data shows that tourist numbers increased across all 14 visitor monitoring reference sites during the 2022-23 financial year.

Gordon River (117,000), Narawntapu National Park (62,000), Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs (53,000), Maria Island National Park (46,000) and Highfield House (17,000) were all popular for 2022-23, breaking all previous visitation records.

Walkers continue to experience Tasmania’s world class trails with the Three Capes (15,000) and Overland Track (11,000) also achieving record number of walkers.

Freycinet National Park, Cradle Mountain National Park and Mount Field National Park remain popular locations for visitors with a combined 751,000 visiting these iconic locations during the 2022-23 financial year.

Minister for Parks, Roger Jaensch, said Tasmania’s National Parks and reserves were a key driver of visitation around the State.

“These unique and wild destinations draw people from around Tasmania, Australia and the world,” Minister Jaensch said.
“These visitors support economies and jobs in many of our regional towns and communities … this visitation data is used to plan, manage and support the visitor experience as Tasmania continues to be a highly sought-after destination.”

Minister Jaensch said the Government would continue to invest, in the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service to support sustainable and sensitive tourism developments in our national parks.

“Our Government acknowledges the importance of our natural environment, and the role tourism plays in championing our prosperity and providing visitors with world class experiences,” Minister Jaensch said.  “This will ensure our natural and cultural values can be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike, as well as being conserved and protected for future generations.”

  • Is visiting national parks a key reason you visit Tasmania? Which are your favourites? Comment below.

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By comparison I read the visitation rights to the Northern Territory are down. Could Tasmania be perceived as a much safer place with less crime and we grey nomads feel more secure as we experience this great country of ours.

Good point.

Recon you are spot on on that

We were amongst the hundreds of thousands that visited Tasmania in the 22-23 financial year and yes visiting the national parks was a big draw card. So were the camping opportunities which I believe are some of the best in Australia. While the roads are interesting to negotiate with a biggish rig, the road surface is great. The food is great (except the microwaved scallop pies, who does that???), the people so helpful and friendly and we loved every minute of our 3 months there.

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