Overnight and multi-day walks
A number of Tasmania's multi-day walks now have registration in place. If you are intending to undertake a multi-day walk, you will need to check to see if you need to register prior to departure.
Registration for popular overnight walks aims to ensure safe physical distancing and COVID-19 safe practices are met. Walker registration is required to manage the number of people in huts and campsites.
Help us to protect our sensitive tracks
The Parks and Wildlife Service manage overnight walks in Tasmania's most remote, pristine locations. To help protect sensitive vegetation that can take many decades to recover if damaged, a registration system is also in place.
Due to unprecedented demand on walking tracks throughout the state as a result of interstate and international border restrictions, the PWS extended the voluntary, free registration system. This aims to manage daily departures and reduce the potential for long-term damage to these fragile remote bushwalking environments.
The registration system has been well accepted and embraced by walkers and the Parks and Wildlife Service thanks those who have been registering for walks.
Be well prepared
All walkers must carry a quality tent (3-4 season rating with inner and outer layer) and be prepared to camp. (Tents are not required on the Three Capes Track.) Huts will have signage advising how many people are permitted and cleaning supplies to allow walkers to self-manage the cleaning of surfaces.
Please note alpine walking can be dangerous for inexperienced walkers – please read the Safe walking guidelines, see the Walk safely video, the Hypothermia safety video and use the Walker Pack checklist. The registration system is not a safety system. Individuals are responsible for their own safety.
Current daily departure limits are set at:
|Eastern Arthur Range Traverse||||||Closed from Hanging Lake to Cracroft Plains due to fire damage and spread of rootrot fungus.||Closed|||
|Farmhouse Creek Track||6||2 nights||Maximum of 2 nights at Bechervaise Plateau and Hanging Lake.||Open||Register here|
|Farmhouse Creek Track - Cutting Camp||6||2 nights||Maximum of 2 nights at Cutting Camp||Open||Register here|
|Frenchmans Cap||10||3 nights||Vera and Tahune Hut sites. Walkers are required to move on to the next
campsite each day.||Open||Register here|
|6|| 5 nights||Tahune only||Open||Register here|
|Lake Rhona||20||2 nights||||Open||Register here|
|Mt Anne||12||||Shelf Camp and Lonely Tarn||Closed |
Expected to open summer 2021-2022
|New Pelion Hut via Arm River||8||2 nights||||Open||Register here|
|Overland Track - Winter walking (June to Sept)||24||5 nights||Numbers in huts are limited. Walkers are required to walk north to south.||Closed|||
|Pine Valley Hut (LSC)||10||3 nights||||Open||Register here|
|Scott-Kilvert Memorial Hut (Lake Rodway)||12||2 nights||||Open||Register here|
|Walls of Jerusalem||36||3 nights||All huts remain closed to the public||Open||Register here|
|Waterfall Valley tent platform||4||3 nights||||Open||Register here|
|Western Arthur Range||12||7 nights||Moraine A to Promontory Lake is open, walkers must return via Kappa Moraine. ||Open||Register here|
|Western Arthur Range Traverse||||||Remainder of the Western Arthurs Traverse beyond Promontory Lake (i.e. north/east of West Portal) is closed due to the spread of rootrot fungus.||Closed|||
Frequently asked questions and answers
DO I HAVE TO REGISTER?
By registering you are helping the PWS to preserve the sensitive environment on these tracks by limiting the number of walkers to the available campsites. Many sites do not have capacity to accommodate additional walkers who are camping due to the terrain and remote location. The registration system is voluntary and free.
CAN I CAMP OUTSIDE THE DESIGNATED CAMPSITES ON THESE WALKS?
No. Designated camping sites have facilities that are designed to reduce impacts. In most cases this includes platforms and remote toilet pods. Many sites do not have the capacity to accommodate additional walkers. By camping on areas not designated for camping you can potentially cause long-term damage to sensitive plants and soils. In alpine areas, recovery can take many decades. When you have registered for a track, your confirmation email will include the list of designated campsites for that particular track. Please remain within the designated campsites. Altering a site is not necessary. If you must use rocks to secure tents in an emergency, return them to their place when you leave.
To learn how to minimise your impacts while walking, please visit Leave No Trace .
WHAT IF THERE IS SEVERE WEATHER?
The PWS wants to ensure all people are safe. If you have started your walk and need to stay an additional night due to bad weather, please do so at your discretion. If you have not started your walk, and the weather forecast includes a severe weather warning or is otherwise unfavourable - register for another time. Don’t risk it. It is also worth having a Plan B, to walk in a different location, if this situation arises.
WHAT IF THE DATES I WANT ARE BOOKED OUT?
If you have not registered for a walk and numbers for your intended travel day have reached capacity, we strongly encourage amending your travel dates to when spaces are available. Alternatively, please consider registering for another location. Tasmania is fortunate to offer many different walks – long and short – with various levels of difficultly.
DO DAY WALKERS AND TRAIL RUNNERS NEED TO REGISTER?
No. This voluntary registration system is being implemented to help preserve the sensitive environment by limiting the number of walkers to the available campsites.
DO ROCK CLIMBERS NEED TO REGISTER?
Yes, if intending to stay overnight. Note that PWS is providing a voluntary registration system for Frenchmans Cap, to allow one climbing party (6 climbers) per week.
This being implemented to help climbers have a reasonable opportunity to pursue their climbing objective/s without having multiple climbing parties at Lake Tahune at the same time.
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