The Overland Track Tasmania starts at Cradle Mountain and completes at Lake St Clair. A distance of 65km if you take the ferry across Lake St Clair or 80km if you walk along Lake St Clair to the Lake St Clair Visitor Centre.
The Overland Track is one of the most popular multi day hikes in the world
The overland track is very well managed with huts, rangers patrolling and well marked. Very easy for self guided groups to do and for anyone with average fitness.
The Overland Track is one way from North to South. Registration takes place at the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre.
During the period 1 October to 31 May you need to buy an Overland Track Permit obtained online from Tasmania National Parks. For the rest of the year no overland track permit is needed but you do need to register.
Permits for the overland track Tasmania are available from 1 July 2022 at 9am and will sell out very fast indeed!
In addition you will need to buy a Tasmania National Parks Pass.
To help you plan visit these pages that have Overland Track Information.
Sorting out the transport logistics for the Overland Track can be confusing.
Do please contact us and we will be able to help and explain the options.
If flying in it is possible on an early flight to reach Cradle Mountain in time to start the Overland Track on the same date. Likewise if you take the Spirit of Tasmania ferry to Devonport you will be the first group to check in due to the short transfer.
The closest airport is Devonport and therefore the shortest transfer time. Flights however only arrive from Melbourne. Launceston is the most popular arrival airport. Hobart is not a good choice to arrive at due to the long and expensive transfer from Hobart.
A good option is to met at the airport and spend the night before you start the Overland Track at Cradle Mountain or in Sheffield. If thinking of Cradle Mountain do book early.
For Sheffield this can be reached by public bus from Devonport or use the eGuide shuttle from Launceston or Devonport airport.
Sheffield is an excellent place to spend the night due to the good value dining options, the pub, supermarket and to view the world famous art murals. The eGuide transfer departs at 0730 to Cradle Mountain meaning you have a short drive and will be the first group to check in for the Overland Track.
For transfers from Hobart the best option is take the Redline Coach to Launceston Deloraine and then be met by eGuide who will transfer you to Cradle Mountain or Sheffield if spending the night there.
Overland Track Parking
If you are driving your own car parking is safe at Lake St Clair. A shuttle is run by eGuide on demand from Lake St Clair to Cradle Mountain.
You can also park at Cradle Mountain and the Lake St Clair to Cradle Mountain transport will take you back to your car.
An alternative is to park in Sheffield where you spend the night. Your car is parked with eGuide and in the morning a transfer to Cradle Mountain. Once you finish the Overland Track eGuide will transfer you back to Sheffield and your car.