The new Waterfall Valley hut on the Overland Track bathed in sun with snow on the track leading to the hut.
Waterfall Valley (photograph: Phil Cook)

Upgrading facilities on the Overland Track

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Alerts for Upgrading facilities on the Overland Track

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

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

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

For further enquires please call (03) 6701 1204​

Last reviewed 1/2/2023 09:04 AM

Overland Track Huts Redevelopment

The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is planning to undertake construction works from October 2021 as part of ongoing improvements to facilities on the Overland Track. The first stage has been completed with the new hut at Waterfall Valley (pictured above) open for walkers to use in June 2020. The second and third stages will see construction of new huts and toilets at Kia Ora and Windermere.​

Frequently asked questions

Will this change where I can stay?

No. The current Windermere and Kia Ora walkers huts, tent platforms and toilets will be available for use as normal during the construction periods. The new huts and toilets are being constructed on new sites. The existing huts and tent platforms will not be demolished and rehabilitated until the new facilities are open for walkers to use.

Will this change the route I walk?

No. The walking route and usual itinerary will not change. When you reach the overnight nodes during construction phases you will be required to observe any PWS or contractor signage. There may be short detours in place to avoid active construction areas​.

Will there be construction noise?

There will be general construction noise from small machinery and hand tools during daylight hours during construction phases. Noise levels will vary with different stages of the project.   ​​

Helicopters are required to fly in all materials for the project and to remove all waste materials. This means there will be isolated days throughout the construction works when walkers will hear frequent helicopter activity.​