Thick snow convering walking track on the Overland Track leaving Kia Ora to Windy Ridge
Snow on the Overland Track leaving Kia Ora (photograph: Alan Hillier)

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Safety alert: Campsite registration and hut capacity
Applies from 25/6/2020

​​​​​​​​​​​​Changes due to COVID-19

Registration is required at some campsites including the Overland Track​, Frenchmans CapArm River, Pine Valley, Scott Kilvert and the​ Walls of Jerusalem​.

Some huts are open with limited capacity. For details and bookings see the COVID-19 safety information page.

Last reviewed 6/11/2020 01:11 PM

Closed area: Dove Lake Road - Ranger Station to Dove Lake
Applies from 30/11/2020, until 3/12/2020

​Dove Lake Road between the Ranger Station and Dove Lake will be closed from 4.30pm to 9pm from 30 November until 3 December. 

Repair works will be undertaken during the closure, which has been timed to minimise the inconvenience to visitors.

Last reviewed 27/11/2020 08:08 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 July 2021, 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. ​

See COVID-19 safety information​ for shuttle bus requirements and hut registration requirements.

Last reviewed 26/11/2020 04:58 PM

​​​Independent walker 

This is how the majority of Overland Track walkers undertake the journey. You are completely self-sufficient, and you have the choice of staying in the public huts or camping on the independent walker tent platforms – or a mix of both. Either way, you must still carry a tent in case you don’t reach the next hut or the huts are fully occupied.​ You may also stay more than one night at any of the huts, or skip a hut. 

​​​​​Guided walks

Several private companies operating in Tasmania offer a guided walk experience and catering. Accommodation options vary ​from camping in tents on the public group tent platforms to staying in private huts.

​​Walking ​​with children

Th​e Overland Track can be a wonderful, formative experience for children, but the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service do not recommend the walk for children under 8 years of age. Children aged 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 

Most children love the Overland Track experience, but they must be prepared physically and mentally, and be well-equipped. Children are more susceptible than adults to fatigue, hypothermia and heat exhaustion. 

If you do intend to walk with young children, we recommend they first gain experience on other less demanding multi-day walks and that you, as their carer, have experience walking in Tasmanian alpine areas.

Educational and school groups

Educational, school and community groups completing the walk must use the group tent platforms, and not sleep in the huts.

All groups must book by emailing the Overland Track booking team at ​

​Winter walking (1 June-30 September inclusive)

During the off-season, the track can be walked in either direction (from Cradle Mountain or Lake St Clair) ​and only a current parks pass​ is required.

Winter walking should only be attempted by very experienced bushwalkers. Walkers should expect heavy rain, snow, blizzards and occasional trees fallen​ across the track. Daylight hours are s​hort and track and facilities maintenance is not as frequent during winter. Snow shoes are recommended, however the snow conditions and vegetation cover can make snow shoes difficult to use.

For winter walks, it is essential that all walkers:

  • Register at the registration booth at the start of your walk;
  • Advise family and friends of your intentions and have an plan in place if you are behind schedule;
  • Remember that there is no phone reception on the Overland Track; and
  • Read our plan your trip page.​

Use of sections of the Overland Track

The Overland Usage Guidelines were designed to assist walkers to plan during the booking season (1 October-31 May). For further information regarding theses guidelines please email the contact below. ​


Overland Track Administrator
Phone: 03 6165 4254