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Safety alert: COVID-19 Update
Applies from 25/6/2020

​​​​​​Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, v​​isitors must continue to adhere to physical distancing standards and Public Health regulations​.

Travellers to Tasmania are encouraged to register online for a G2G PASS at least three days before their planned travel. Those who receive their G2G PASS QR code before arriving will be able to quickly pass through their port of arrival in Tasmania.

Travellers are required to quarantine for 14 days when coming into Tasmania. If you are required to quarantine in government-designated accommodation​, fees will apply. 

​Please check the alerts page before planning your visit to ensure that you are aware of any access or restrictions that may  be in place. ​

Last reviewed 17/8/2020 08:52 AM


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: COVID-19 Update
Applies from 25/6/2020

​​​​​​Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, v​​isitors must continue to adhere to physical distancing standards and Public Health regulations​.

Travellers to Tasmania are encouraged to register online for a G2G PASS at least three days before their planned travel. Those who receive their G2G PASS QR code before arriving will be able to quickly pass through their port of arrival in Tasmania.

Travellers are required to quarantine for 14 days when coming into Tasmania. If you are required to quarantine in government-designated accommodation​, fees will apply. 

​Please check the alerts page before planning your visit to ensure that you are aware of any access or restrictions that may  be in place. ​

Last reviewed 17/8/2020 08:52 AM


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

​​​​​​During the construction of the Viewing Shelter, private vehicles will not have access beyond the Ronny Creek car park at any time of day during the construction period from April 2020 to July 2021. 

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

The Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre and shuttle bus are operating under a Covidsafe plan - based on current Department of Health advice. The shuttle service is classified as a public transport service and exempt from the 2m2 per person and 1.5m physical distancing obligations, just as metro and school buses are. For safety advice see Safe travel on public transport​.

Shuttlebus COVID Safe Guidelines:

  • When queuing for and boarding the bus try to keep a minimum distance of 1.5 metre from other passengers.
  • Use the hand sanitizer and follow driver instructions on entering the bus.
  • ​Avoid touching surfaces whenever you can and don’t touch your face.
  • Where there is available space, spread out as much as you can and leave a spare seat between passengers not from the same family or household. 
  • There will be some peak visitor use times which may result in all seats being occupied. Occasionally some passengers may stand in the aisle.
  • If you are seeking to board a bus which has a high number of passengers, consider waiting for the next service.
  • As it is difficult to physically distance on the bus, you may choose to wear a facemask. These are available at the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre.

Last reviewed 11/9/2020 07:50 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 ​overlandtrack@parks.tas.gov.au

​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. ​

Contact

Overland Track Administrator
Phone: 03 6165 4254
Email: overlandtrack@parks.tas.gov.au