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Overland Track – How many Nights?...  Overland Track – How Many Nights? How many days you should spend walking the overland track is a frequently asked question and integral to your planning. Should I do the track in six days? If I don’t have time should I do it in five days? How many extra days should I spend if I want to do the side trips? These are some common questions I hope to answer. How many days greatly depends on two variables. How...
The Overland Track Welcome to The Overland Track Hi, my names Lee and I love hiking. I want to help you organise your hike along The Overland Track, as I was quite daunted at everything you need to plan for, and what little information was available on the internet. If you would like to know more about me and my experience, check out the About Me page.  What is The Overland Track The Overland Track is one of Australia’s most iconic multi...
Booking Your Walk in 6 Easy Steps... Booking Your Overland Hike   Booking your walk can be relatively straightforward once you have sorted out your transport, and what dates you want to depart on. However before then you will be going around in circles a few times before you actually commit to a date. The way I like to do it is by following a few simple steps outlined below.. Work out an approximate time you want to do the overland track. For example, I plan on hiking the track in...

Should I take the Ferry, or walk around Lake St. Claire?...

Lake St. Claire Ferry

I get a lot of people asking me about the final leg of the walk. Is it worth walking around Lake St. Claire? Or should you just catch the ferry straight to the end? On one hand you have an easy way out on a very scenic ferry ride, which is beautiful in itself. On the other hand you have an extra 20km to walk, and in my view, it’s essentially part of the track. Keep reading to find out why you should too.

Booking Your Walk in 6 Easy Steps

Booking Your Overland Hike

 

Overland Track Booking

Overland Track booking system

Booking your walk can be relatively straightforward once you have sorted out your transport, and what dates you want to depart on. However before then you will be going around in circles a few times before you actually commit to a date. The way I like to do it is by following a few simple steps outlined below..

Overland Track Transport Options

 

Overland Track Transport

One of the hardest parts of organising your Overland Track trip is working out the transport options, both to Cradle Mountain and from Lake St. Claire, and also getting to Tasmania itself. There are only two statewide public bus services available, and one of them does not service Lake St. Claire. There are also a few private shuttle buses that service the track, and other walks in Tasmania, but these fetch a higher price than the public alternative and may not be an option for the budget hikers.

There are also two main ways to get to Tasmania, the most obvious being by air. But the other alternative is via The Spirit of Tasmania, which can be an event in itself and a great option if you plan on doing further exploration by car through Tasmania before or after the walk.

Overland Track Public Transport Guide

Overland Track public Transport

Organising public transport for the Overland Track can be a bit of a nightmare. I’ve created this guide to public transport, incorporating both Tassielink and McDermotts into an easy to read table. It is basically a recap of my post about how many days you should spend on the overland track. If you haven’t decided how many days you are going to take I suggest checking out that page first. Once you have decided, refer to the quick guide below.

Five Days

Transport to Cradle Mountain From Launceston at:Arrive at Lake St. Claire on:Get Bus out of Lake St. Claire at:Arrive in Hobart at:
Monday 8.15AM (Tassielink)FridayFriday 7.30PMFriday 10.00PM
Wednesday 8.15AM (Tassielink)SundaySunday 2.45PMSunday 5.35PM
Thursday 8.15AM (Tassielink Peak Times ONLY)MondayTuesday 11.45AM (Service also departs to Launceston via Hobart)Tuesday 2.30PM
Saturday 8.15AM (Tassielink Peak Times ONLY)WednesdayThursday 11.45AM (Service also departs to Launceston via Hobart)Thursday 2.30PM
Sunday 8.30AM (McDermotts)ThursdayFriday 7.45PMFriday 10.00PM

Six Days

Transport to Cradle Mountain from Launceston at:Arrive at Lake St. Claire on:Get Bus out of Lake St. Claire at:Arrive in Hobart at:
Monday 8.15AM (Tassielink) Monday 8.30AM (McDermotts)SaturdaySunday 2.45PMSunday 5.35PM
Wednesday 8.15AM (Tassielink)MondayTuesday 11.45AM (Service also departs to Launceston via Hobart)Tuesday 2.30PM
Friday 8.30AM (McDermotts)WednesdayThursday 11.45AM (Service also departs to Launceston via Hobart)Thursday 2.30PM
Saturday 8.15AM (Tassielink Peak times ONLY)ThursdayFriday 7.30PMFriday 10.00PM
Sunday 8.30AM (McDermotts)FridayFriday 7.30PMFriday 10.00PM

Seven Days

Transport to Cradle Mountain From Launceston at:Arrive at Lake St. Claire on:Get Bus out of Lake St. Claire at:Arrive in Hobart at:
Monday 8.15AM (Tassielink) Monday 8.30AM (McDermotts)SundaySunday 5.45PMSunday 5.35PM
Thursday 8.15AM (Tassielink Peak times ONLY)WednesdayThursday 11.45AM (Service also departs to Launceston via Hobart)Thursday 2.30PM
Friday 8.30 (McDermotts)ThursdayFriday 7.30PMFriday 10.00PM
Saturday 8.15AM (Tassielink Peak times ONLY)FridayFriday 7.30PMFriday 10.00PM
Sunday 8.30AM (McDermotts)SaturdaySunday 5.25PMSunday 8.10PM

Overland Track – How many Nights?

 Overland Track – How Many Nights?

How many days you should spend walking the overland track is a frequently asked question and integral to your planning.

Should I do the track in six days?

If I don’t have time should I do it in five days?

How many extra days should I spend if I want to do the side trips?

These are some common questions I hope to answer. How many days greatly depends on two variables. How many side trips you want to do, and juggling the transport options for these various lengths. In my opinion six days is the ideal length, in both covering lots of side trips, and also having the greatest range of transport options. However, in my experience, the transport companies are quite flexible, and if you miss your bus, the next service is generally ok to jump on.

And of course, if you book your own private transport you can leave any day you want, and get picked up any time you want, but it will just cost you a little extra. In the end it could be worth it just to have piece of mind and a bit of extra flexibility

Keep reading for a full breakdown

Content current until 11th April 2015

Overland Track Gear List

Multi Day Hiking Gear List

When I pack for a multi day hike, I tend to be very minimalistic in my approach, and try to pack as light as possible. I want to be carrying as little weight as possible. Packing for your hike is also quite a personal thing, and use this list only as a guide. You will most likely alter this list to fit your needs, but there are some bare minimums which you will need to consider.

I’ve broken this list down into sections to better help you organise yourself. Read on to see the full list.

How Much Does The Overland Track Cost?

Overland Track Cost

 

One of the first things I researched before deciding I wanted to hike The Overland Track was how much is this thing going to cost me. This is a bit of a loaded question, but right now I’m just going to break down the cost of all fees you may incur, and go through some of the costs of transport.

Cost ItemPrice
Overland Track Fee and Parks Pass$230
Transport from Launceston, and Finishing in Hobart -Add $30 for Hobart to Hobart round trip$106
Lake St. Claire Ferry - Optional$38
Flights - Rough estimate of return flights$250
Accommodation - Just one night in Launceston needed at a minimum$50
Airport Transfers$30
Food consumed during walk$100
Estimated total$750

Keep reading for a full breakdown of the costs involved.

The Overland Track

Welcome to The Overland Track

Hi, my names Lee and I love hiking. I want to help you organise your hike along The Overland Track, as I was quite daunted at everything you need to plan for, and what little information was available on the internet. If you would like to know more about me and my experience, check out the About Me page.

 What is The Overland Track

The Overland Track is one of Australia’s most iconic multi day hikes. Residing in the heart of Tasmania, the hike covers 65 kilometers between Cradle Mountain and Lake St. Claire. The track winds through the world heritage listed national park and passes some of the highest peaks in Tasmania, the most famous being Cradle Mountain. That’s me in the photo standing on top of it. One of the biggest attractions to the walk is the vast changes in scenery as you progress, from mountains, rainforest and alpine plains.

The walk starts just north of Cradle Mountain and finishes at Lake St. Claire, however many people choose to walk the final 17km around the lake, that’s what I chose to do!

The walk  normally takes 5 or 6 days but you may choose to take as little or as long as you want. There are many side trips you can take and easily extend your hike up to 10 days, and I highly recommend doing them.