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Changes to Overland Track fee


The peak season fee for walking Tasmania's iconic Overland Track will rise this year by $50 from November 1st.

Walkers currently pay a $100 fee to walk the track between November and April and it will remain free to do so at all other times.

Minister for Tourism, Arts and the Environment, Paula Wriedt, said the rise reflected a range of recent infrastructure improvements.

"The Overland Track fee is part of our ongoing commitment to managing and protecting the natural assets that attract people to Tasmania," said Ms Wriedt.

"All fees collected are reinvested in track maintenance, providing information to walkers and managing the booking system.

"These costs include hiring a helicopter to restock and repair huts and toilets which costs around $90,000 a year.

"The option to walk the track for free outside of the peak season is still there and this is when it can often be at its most striking.

"The fee to walk the Overland Track remains competitive with other internationally renowned walks, for example it is less than the fee charged to walk the Milford Sound track in New Zealand."

A peak season fee of $7.50 per adult and $3.75 per child will also be introduced for the Cradle shuttle service to Dove Lake from November 2007.

The shuttle service cost is approximately $1 million each year and carries approximately 60,000 passengers.

Private vehicles with a valid parks pass will still be able to access the Dove Lake car park and the shuttle will also continue to be free of charge to holders of holiday or annual parks passes.

"The shuttle service has been very successful since it was introduced in 2003.

"It has balanced its objectives of providing a quality visitor experience, improving safety on the Dove Lake Road and minimising the environmental impact at Dove Lake.

"We are committed to facilities and experiences remaining affordable for all visitors to our parks and reserves."