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Getting to / from the track
The Overland Track is located in Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area. During the booking season (1 October to 31 May) the Overland Track is walked from north to south, starting at Cradle Mountain and finishing at Lake St Clair. Outside the booking season, the track can be walked in either direction.
By bus: Due to public transport regulations, PWS cannot provide a direct service between Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair, however there are a number of bus companies that can provide transport. For bus companies, see Transport and Accommodation.
By car: Private cars can be parked long-term (while you walk the track) at both Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair visitor centres. Unless a car shuffle has been arranged, many walkers find it most convenient to leave their car at Lake St Clair and catch a bus back to Cradle Mountain to start their walk. See Transport and Accommodation for car access and bus transport options. If you are being dropped off at Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre by friends or family, after checking in, they can drive you the 7km to the track start point at Ronny Creek (if the park is not too busy) – alternatively, you can all catch the Cradle Shuttle Bus (departs regularly) from the visitor centre to the track start at Ronny Creek.
Accommodation before / after your walk
Many walkers find it more relaxing to spend the night before their departure on the track at an accommodation venue in Cradle Mountain. This gives plenty of time to check in at the visitor centre, catch the Cradle Shuttle Bus (departs regularly) from the visitor centre to the track start at Ronny Creek 7km away, and walk the 4 to 6 hours to the first hut at Waterfall Valley. See Transport and Accommodation for details on accommodation options both at Cradle Mountain and at the end of your walk at Lake St Clair.
Crossing Lake St Clair
You can either walk lakeside from Narcissus Hut to the Lake St Clair Visitor Centre (add an extra day), or you can take the small privately-run ferry from Narcissus. You must book and pay for your ferry crossing in advance, by phoning (03) 6289 1137. When you reach Narcissus Hut, confirm your ferry booking with the ferry company by using the two-way radio.
Walking a short section of the Overland Track
For walkers intending to walk only part of the Overland Track during the booking season (1 October-31 May inclusive), please read our Overland Track Usage Guidelines
. These guidelines ensure that the quality of the Overland Track experience is maintained for all users.