Save the Date – Bookings open at 9am on 4 July 2023.
The Overland Track is Australia’s premier alpine walk. This exhilarating and life-changing journey attracts walkers from across the globe. Beginning at the iconic Cradle Mountain and ending at Australia’s deepest lake – Lake St Clair, this 65 kilometre six-day trek takes you through the heart of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, part of the magnificent Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Your journey will be physically demanding, emotionally challenging and scenically spectacular. This is a landscape of glacially carved valleys, ancient rainforests, fragrant eucalypt forests, golden buttongrass moorlands and beautiful alpine meadows. Optional side-trips take you to cascading waterfalls and mountain summits, including Tasmania’s highest peak, Mount Ossa (1617 m).
The Overland Track is about you and your time in the wilderness, so while six days is the average time taken to walk the track, you can create your own pace depending on how many rest days or side-trips you wish to enjoy.
Most walkers finish their journey at Narcissus Hut at the head of Lake St Clair where they board a small privately run ferry (prior booking required) to reach the Lake St Clair Visitor Centre at Cynthia Bay. Or you might choose to walk the 17.5 km length of the lake through rainforest to the visitor centre, extending your journey by a day.
Almost half of the track is above 1000 metres in elevation on exposed plateaus in a remote area. Thorough preparation and good gear are essential.
It’s no wonder the Overland Track has secured its reputation as one of the world’s great wilderness walks.
Book your Overland Track permits for summer 2023/2024.
This popular, iconic Tassie walk sells out fast so it’s critical you book here on 4 July at 9am and have multiple dates ready. If your preferred date is fully booked, you can always join the waitlist.
Parks pass and ferry: You will need to organise a ‘parks pass’ for entry to Tasmania’s national parks and book the ferry for the trip across Lake St Clair if you don’t plan on walking the entire length.
Book your Overland Track transport.
As soon as you have secured your track booking, it’s a smart idea to arrange your transport to and from the trail head.
eGUIDE is recognised and licenced by Tasmania National Parks to operate Overland Track transport to both Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair. They offer direct Overland Track transfers, a popular Overland Track transfer package spending a night in Sheffield as well as self-drive options.
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The Overland Track is a one way, grade 4 track that covers 65km over 6 days (without side trips).
This is a serious undertaking, for well–prepared walkers, with a good level of fitness and who understand the risks of walking in a remote alpine area. The track is not recommended for children under 8 years. Bushwalking experience is highly recommended as tracks may be long, rough, and very steep. Directional signage may be limited. Weather can change rapidly, and deaths have occurred, even in summer, when people have been caught unprepared in cold, wet and windy weather.
Check the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service website for important walker and safety information.