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An aerial overview of the entire Overland Track is one of the highlights of a new publication for bushwalkers.

The revised map and notes for Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park have been produced jointly by the Department of Tourism, Parks, Heritage and the Arts and the Department of Primary Industries, Water and the Environment.

Parks and Wildlife Service general manager Peter Mooney said that more than 90 per cent of walkers on the Overland Track carry a map.

"The wealth of information on the map and notes adds value to the experience for walkers and this most recent version is even more detailed and more colourful," Mr Mooney said.

"It also needed to be updated to ensure that intending walkers are aware of the management changes for the Overland Track and to provide more detailed information to help walkers plan their trip and stay safe while enjoying the park."

The new publication includes information about the booking system, fee and requirement to walk the Overland Track from north to south from November 1 to April 30 each year.

The notes also include very detailed information about planning a trip on the Overland Track including when to go, transportation to Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair, accommodation, preparation and what to take.

There are detailed notes about each day's walk on the track, plus side trips and how walkers can care for the park during their journey.

Another innovation in this edition of the map and notes is an Overland Track profile that highlights the differing vegetation types and elevation from the start of the track at Ronny Creek (at Cradle Mountain) to the finish at the Lake St Clair park centre.

Information about the Aboriginal people of the area, the first European explorers and the history of the park's establishment has also been included.

The Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park Map & Notes is available at all Service Tasmania outlets and at visitor centres at Lake St Clair and Cradle Mountain.

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.