Lush and leafy, Myrtle Forest is a less visited but beautiful location on the Park’s northern boundary with great access to the Collins’ peaks. Challenging misuse and abuse has led to community and management initiatives to protect this special place.
Despite its beauty, Myrtle Forest has often been mistreated through anti–social visitor behaviour. The Myrtle Forest Site Development Plan (SDP) has directed improvements and helped manage misuse. A collaboration between the Trust, Glenorchy City Council, Parks and Wildlife Service, University of Tasmania and the local Collinsvale community, the Myrtle Forest SDP included a research component. Community consultation and user surveys were carried out by the University of Tasmania, with information revealing patterns of use and desired levels of development.
The Tasmanian Conservation Trust successfully applied for funding from the State Government Tasmanian Community Fund to implement works proposals recommended in the SDP. This included the closure of Myrtle Forest Road approximately 650m before the existing picnic facilities. A new parking area has been constructed at the closure point. Vehicle access to the picnic shelter for visitors with special needs may be arranged by contacting the Parks and Wildlife Service Southern Region Office (corner of Tolosa St and Murrayfield Ct, Glenorchy) on 6165 4053 .
Other works completed include a new toilet, upgrades to the picnic shelter in the Myrtle Forest Picnic area, the construction of a new viewing deck further along Myrtle Forest Creek and improvements to the walking track leading to Collins Bonnet.
Contact the Manager for more information on planning considerations at Myrtle Forest.