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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