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Overland Track

Introduction


WARNING: If you plan to walk between 1 June to 30 September PWS strongly recommends that all walkers at this time of the year are experienced and have a high degree of wilderness navigation skills for winter walking.

The Overland Track booking season is from 1 October and 31 May (inclusive)

Between 1 June and 30 September you do not need to book your walk departure date, or pay the Overland Track fee. You only need a National Parks Pass. 

Plan to walk safely
Purchase and study the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair map and notes (1:100 000 TASMAP) before you depart. Arrive fit and walk within your capabilities.

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Be prepared
Weather conditions in Tasmania can change quickly and frequently, especially in mountain areas. Snow, rain, wind and sun are all possible at any time of the year, and bushfires can occur between October and March. Ensure you have suitable clothing, equipment, food and water to cope with all conditions. You must carry a tent or effective form of emergency shelter in case the huts are full or injury or weather prevents you from reaching a hut before nightfall. Ensure you have a comprehensive first aid kit. It’s a good idea for somebody in your walking group to have a current first aid certificate. Before you begin your walk, you can check the Overland Track forecast on the Tasmanian Bureau of Meteorology website.

Avoid walking alone
It is better to arrange a walking group of three or more. Consider taking a personal locator beacon (PLB) for extra security. PLBs can be hired (subject to availability) from PWS at Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair and from Service Tasmania in Hobart. 

Let a reliable person know your plans before you go 
Be sure to advise this person of your safe return. Make sure that they know what to do if you fail to return as planned (e.g. advise Tasmania Police). 

Record your trip intentions in the log books 
These are located at the start and end of the track, and at each hut. If you are reported overdue or missing, Parks staff will check your movements in the log books. Remember to sign out at the end of your walk. Log book records also provide useful information to guide management of the track. If there is a bushfire and you need to be relocated, the log book may often be the only indicator to staff that you are on the track. 

Be prepared to turn back
If the weather deteriorates or the walk is more difficult than expected, be prepared to turn back or change your plans. Pushing on beyond your limits may result in injury or even death. Be sure that you can recognise signs of hypothermia or heat stress and know how to respond. Check the weather forecast before you depart. Depending on the conditions, you may need to change or adapt your itinerary. 

Weather forecasts for the Overland Track can be obtained from the Bureau of Meteorology. Please note all bush walker weather warnings and adjust your plans. accordingly.

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