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Park Alert...Safety alert: COVID-19 walker registration and hut capacity
Applies from 25/6/2020

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Registration is required for walkers and campers undertaking multi-day walks on the Overland Track​,​ and at Frenchmans Cap, Arm River, Pine Valley, Scott-Kilvert Hut, Farmhouse Creek Track and the​ Walls of Jerusalem​​. This is for COVID-19 contact tracing purposes. 

Some huts are open with limited capacity. For further registration information see the COVID-19 safety information​ page.​​

To confirm whether there is availability and to register for your walk, please fill the Walker Registration Availability Enquiry​ form. For further enquiries email​​ or phone (03) 6165 4254.​​

Last reviewed 5/7/2021 09:40 AM

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

Upgrading facilities on the Overland Track

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Safety alert: Cradle Mountain – snow predicted above 800m
Applies from 23/7/2021, until 26/7/2021

​​​​​​​Snowfalls are predicted in the coming days and the road conditions can change quickly.

Please drive to the conditions at Cradle Mountain as the roads can be very slippery. Patches of snow and ice can remain on the road throughout the day when the temperatures are low.

Be well dressed and well prepared for delays in case the roads are closed or restricted to 4WD vehicle access only. If the Dove Lake Road needs to be cleared of snow it may cause the shuttle bus departures to be delayed.

For road closure updates visit the Tasmania Police Community Alerts page, or c​ontact the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre 03 6492 1110.​

Last reviewed 23/7/2021 04:50 PM

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 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 15/7/2021 09:39 AM

Overland Track Huts Redevelopment

The Parks and Wildlife Service 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.​