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)

Overland Track - walk options

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Track closure: Dove Lake Road Closure 20-31 January between 5am-9am
From 15/1/2020, last reviewed 15/1/2020

​​​Extensive programmed road works on the Dove Lake Road at Cradle Mountain are scheduled from Monday 20th January 2020 until Friday 31st January 2020. This is to repair damaged sections of road, resurface and clear culverts to allow for the ongoing safe access of shuttle buses, private vehicles and construction traffic. The following arrangements will be in place to minimise the disruption to park visitors.

The road from the main boom gate at the park entrance to Dove Lake will be CLOSED to all traffic between 5am - 9am each weekday during this two week period. Visitors and staff will not be able to drive in or out of the park during these hours.

The shuttle bus service will commence at 9:00am (instead of 8:10am) from the Visitor Centre on weekdays. Park access arrangements will revert back to normal on weekends.

PWS apologises for any inconvenience caused while the works are in progress and we ask for your patience and cooperation.

​​​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 short 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.​


Overland Track Administrator
Phone: 1300 TASPARKS (1300 827 727)