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.”
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