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People intending to walk the Overland Track during the peak walking season of November to April can now book their walk online through the Overland Track website www.overlandtrack.com.au.

Parks and Wildlife Service general manager Peter Mooney said the new booking system is a key part of managing the Overland Track to ensure that the use of the track is sustainable into the future.

"Other management measures that will be implemented from 1 November 2005 and will apply each year from November to April include a fee of $100 per person to walk the entire Overland Track and the requirement to walk the entire track from north to south," Mr Mooney said.

"The booking system means that we are managing departures for each day to avoid the overcrowding that has occurred at peak times.

"Managing the total number of walkers departing each day will help to reduce the extent and occurrence of overcrowding at campsites. It will also help to guarantee a better experience for walkers and reduce environmental impacts."

Bookings for the Overland Track can be made online through the website (www.overlandtrack.com.au), over the phone (on 6233 6047) and at PWS visitor centres including Cradle Mountain, Lake St Clair, Freycinet and Mt Field. Bookings will be accepted for one walking season (November to April) in advance.

Mr Mooney said the advantage of the online booking system is that the website becomes a 'one-stop shop' where there is everything an intending walker needs, including information, maps and diagrams about the walk, how to prepare for the journey and booking and paying for the experience.

"This also ensures walkers will be better prepared and that helps us to better manage safety issues on the track. "When a walker arrives at Cradle Mountain, they will receive a tag for their pack that identifies them as Overland Track walkers and it will be a valued reminder of their journey.

"When the walkers complete the trek at Lake St Clair signing out from the track also helps provide a sense of celebration of their achievement."

The online booking system will handle bookings from individuals as well as groups.

Revenue raised from the Overland Track walking fee will be directed to the sustainable management of the track, including Parks and Wildlife Service staff and volunteers on the track during summer.

"The focus of these staff will be on education and interpretation about the track rather than enforcement of the new management arrangements," Mr Mooney concluded.

This initiative is part of the State Government's commitment to progressing Tasmania Together Goal 21 - Value, protect and conserve our natural and cultural heritage.