Centenary of Tasmanian Parks

One hundred years of national parks in Tasmania will be celebrated in 2016. The year marks the centenary of the state’s first national parks, Mount Field and Freycinet, reserved for the first time on 29 August 1916.

See the Events Calendar to find out about centenary celebrations happening near you

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.


Events to celebrate

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

​29 February
​2016 Wildcare Nature Writing Prize -- Launch 
​Competition opens 29 Feb, and closes 2 May. More details available from Tasmanian Writers Centre.

Saturday 5 March


World Wildlife Day Celebration
Parliament Lawns, Hobart.
​Interactive displays, presentations, kids games, competitions and costumes. See full details
​19 March 2016
​Harmony Week Centenary celebration
Mount Field National Park
Migrants, asylum seekers and people from a refugee background are invited to a day of walks, kids games, soccer, plus a communal picnic followed by music, singing and dancing. See full details.
​21 March
​Harmony Week Centenary celebration
Lake Trevallyn
Migrants, asylum seekers and people from a refugee background are invited to an outdoor sit-down lunch and a walk around the lake.
See full details.
​Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 March ​Mt Field Centerary Special and  Fagus Weekend
Community celebration including guided walks, shuttle bus to Lake Dobson, lazy Sunday lunch, family activities, local craft and produce, music, dance, food and beverages.See full details.
​7 April
​UTas Forum Series
Hobart Campus
What are the benefits of national parks? A panel discussion with  Q&A session. See full details.
9 - 15 May

​​National Volunteers Week
Vounteers Celebration

​We highlight the work of volunteers and thank them for their efforts. Local working bees and thank you events in parks and field centres.
See full details.

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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

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Centenary of Tasmanian Parks
GPO Box 1751
Hobart TAS 7001

Email: ParksCentenary@parks.tas.gov.au