Walker in snowfall, Windermere Hut, Overland Track
Walker in snowfall, Windermere Hut, Overland Track

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Track closure: Patons Road, Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair
Applies from 21/10/2022

​​​Patons Road is closed due to potential flood damage caused by a recent heavy rainfall event and will remain closed until a full inspection is completed and determined safe for visitor access.

This affects ATV and motorbike permit holders and will not affect general access to Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

For further enquires please call (03) 6701 1204​

Last reviewed 1/12/2022 08:47 AM


Planned event: Dove Lake car park and shuttle bus service
Applies from 14/5/2020

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​During the construction of the Viewing Shelter from April 2020 to Summer 2022, private vehicles will not have access beyond the Ronny Creek car park at any time of day. 

The shuttle bus service will continue to operate throughout the construction period. Private vehicle access between the visitor centre, Ronny Creek and Dove Lake (along Dove Lake Road) is not permitted during shuttle bus operating times. ​

For an update on the works and access see Dove Lake Frequ​ently Ask​ed Questions.

Last reviewed 23/11/2022 11:25 AM


​Safety in p​arks​

​The Overland Track is a significant undertaking. A large part of the walk is above 1000 metres in elevation, on exposed plateaus, in a remote area. Make sure you are familiar with our essential safety messages before you head out​.

1. Plan to wal​​​​k safely

Arrive fit and walk within your capabilities. ​​

Take the time to watch our videos on Essential safety tips for bushwalking in Tasmania and our hypothermia safety video to understand the dangers of being ​cold and how to be prepared. Also read through the information on our Safety in parks page.

For a safe and enjoyable walking experience our essential safety tips for bushwalking in Tasmania​ video is recomm​ended:​​

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For more information that will help you prepare for your trip, check out our Know before you go page for all the essential information.

​2. Be prepared

Purchase the ​Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair map and notes before you leave via TASMAP, or when you book your walk.

​Check the weather forecast before you depart via the Bureau of Meteorology.​ Take special note of any bushwalker alerts and adjust your plans accordingly. 

Deaths have occurred when people have been caught unprepared in cold, wet and windy weather. Children, older people and those with an illness or disability are at the greatest risk in such conditions. ​

Please observe all track signs – they are provided for your safety. Stay on the formed walking tracks at all times – both for your own safety and to protect the sensitive alpine region.

The track surface and gradient is variable, including boardwalk, rocks, gravel, tree roots and mud, with occasional steep ascents and descents. 

​3. ​Avoid walking alone​

​​​Many walkers appreciate the security of carrying a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) to activate in the event of a life-threatening emergency. PLBs can be hired from Service Tasmania shops (Mon-Fri only) in Hobart, Launceston, Burnie and Devonport. Phone 1300 135 513 for further information.

PLBs are also available from the Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair visitor centres, though numbers are limited and cannot be reserved. 

​​There are also independent hire companies, including ​EPIRBHire and The Bushwalking Blog.​ 

4. ​​Let a reliable person know your plans before you go 

Let a reliable person know your plans, before you go – be sure to advise them of your safe return. Make a plan if you do not return on time, such as, call emergency services on 000 ​to advise Tasmania Police.​​

​5. ​Record your trip intentions in the log books 

These are located at the start and end of the track, and at each hut. If you are reported overdue or missing, Parks staff will check your movements in the log books. If there is a bushfire and you need to be relocated, the log book may often be the only indicator to staff that you are on the track.  

Log book records also provide useful information to guide management of the track. Remember to sign out at the end of your walk.

​6. ​​Be prepared to turn back

If the weather deteriorates or the walk is more difficult than expected, be prepared to turn back or change your plans. Pushing on beyond your limits may result in injury or even death. Be sure that you can recognise signs of hypothermia or heat stress and know how to respond. 

Check the weather forecast before you depart. Heed any bushwalker alerts and adjust your plans accordingly. 

​​​​​What to pack

The lighter you pack, the more you’ll enjoy the walk. But you also need to pack right. We’ve got two printable lists, and you need to read them both. 

​Safety Checklist:  This includes the absolute minimum equipment and clothing you’ll need on the track to keep you safe. You'll also automatically receive this as part of your booking information.​

 Overland Track Safety Checklist (PDF 257Kb)

​Walker Pack List:  This packing list is comprehensive and is written for all multi-day walks. ​

  Walker Pack List   (966Kb)

​​Experienced walkers will already understand the need for such a comprehensive list, but those who are less experienced should heed the list to ensure they are suitably prepared to stay safe in all conditions. During the booking season, the Safety Checklist needs to be completed and returned to staff before you start your walk.​​

The Overland Track is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area and is currently free of many pests, weeds and disease. Before you pack, check, clean, disinfect or dry all clothing and equipment. For more information, please see our Biosecurity page​.

Leave ​​​No Trace​

With thousands of people walking the Overland Track every year, we all need to take care of it. Read the Leave No Trace principles before you depart.

​M​​​ap and Guidebooks

These may be purchased at the time of booking your walk and are a great resource for planning your trip.

Walking Map

  • Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair Map and Notes​, 1:100,000​ scale map (published by TASMAP). 

Overland Track Visitor Guide - One Walk, Many Journeys (published by PWS)

  • This popular guidebook contains daily walk notes, pictorial maps, notes on park history and geology, and commonly seen plants and animals.

The Overland Track – For young (at heart) adventurers (published by PWS)

  • ​An entertaining guidebook/activity book filled with things to do and see. Great for children, teens, school and community groups, and adults with a good sense of humour.  This is available at Cradle Mountain Visitor centre.

Transport

Transport to and from Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair visitor centres is available all year from Hobart, Launceston and Devonport, with more frequent services during summer. Check with the operators listed below to confirm operating schedules and for charter ​arrangements.

  • Overland Track Transport
  • Cradle Mountain Coaches
  • eGuide
  • Island Adventure Shuttles​​
  • Lake St Clair Lodge Ferry Service (intermittent schedule)
  • ​​McDermotts Coaches​
  • Outdoor Recreational Transport
  • Tasmanian Wilderness Experiences
  • Wilderness Expeditions Pty Ltd ​
  • Wild Island Adventures

​Many walkers find it more relaxing to spend the night before they start the track at one of the accommodation venues in Cradle Mountain. This option allows 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 (some 7 km away), and walk 4 to 6 hours to the first hut at Waterfall Valley.  

For other accommodation options in the Cradle Mountain area​, see Discover Tasmania website.​

Contact

Overland Track Booking Team
Phone: 03 6165 4254
Email: OverlandTrack@parks.tas.gov.au