Cradle Discoverer shuttle bus at Dove Lake car park with snow-capped Cradle Mountain in the background
Cradle Discoverer shuttle bus

Hybrid diesel-electric shuttle buses at Cradle Mountain

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When you next visit Cradle Mountain you will be able to step aboard one of the new hybrid, diesel-electric, shuttle buses on your trip to Dove Lake. These new buses will reduce emissions and deliver a quieter, all mobility friendly, visitor experience within the Park.

The shuttle bus service was introduced in response to increasing traffic on the Dove Lake Road resulting from growing visitation and to improve safety on the road. The service is very effective in reducing traffic congestion and provides safe, reliable and comfortable travel for visitors from the Visitor Centre to Dove Lake.

Mc Dermott’s Coaches - the current operators – together with Volvo can be commended for their efforts, as this is a huge leap forward in terms of sustainable and accessible transport in one of Tasmania’s most beautiful national parks.

The four Volvo hybrid diesel‑electric buses have the benefit of approaching and leaving passenger pickup points in silent electric mode. Large windows will allow visitors to soak up the stunning views on the short journey through the Park. Most importantly though, the buses allow for wheelchair and easy access.

These improvements are a direct result of parks pass fees going back into improving services and experiences for locals and visitors. The new hybrid buses will complement the existing diesel shuttle fleet.  

It is the first time this more sustainable mode of transport has been implemented to access a National Park in Australia and affirms the Parks and Wildlife Services’ commitment to clean and sustainable transport.

Cradle Mountain has enjoyed record numbers of visitors and has been experiencing growth averaging 16% over the last three years. The annual number of visitors is now approaching 300,000. 

This new shuttle bus contract ensures that the best available bus transport is utilised to access the park while future transport options are fully investigated and assessed. The current service has reduced traffic congestion dramatically.

The Parks and Wildlife Service is committed to ensuring that visitors get a world-class experience when they visit Cradle Mountain.