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Hybrid diesel-electric shuttle buses at Cradle Mountain - a first for National p

19/08/2019

When you next visit Cradle Mountain you will be able to step aboard one of the new hybrid, diesel-electric, shuttle buses on your trip to Dove Lake. These new buses will reduce emissions and deliver a quieter, all mobility friendly, visitor experience.More

AFAC Independent Operational Review of the 2018-19 bushfires

08/08/2019

Following the 2018-19 bushfires the Tasmanian Government commissioned an independent report by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Council to review the overall response and identify areas where more can be done to improve the State's response andMore

Improved Park Pass System for our National Parks

06/08/2019

The Parks and Wildlife Service will implement a new park pass system for our national parks in May next year.More

Before You Walk - Essential Bushwalking Guide

When to go


Many people walk during the main holiday period, December to February. On popular tracks, try to depart mid-week during these summer months to avoid crowding. On the Overland Track, the booking system and one-way walking has made the experience much less crowded than in the past.

Away from the peak summer season, there’s less pressure on campsites and huts – and the weather in spring and autumn can still be delightful for walking.

Summer (December–February)

Daylight lasts longer and you can expect warm weather – well, at least some of the time. Days of 30° C are possible, but be warned – in alpine regions, snow can fall at any time of the year, so you need to be prepared for sun, wind, rain and snow. Summer is also the peak visitor period – the more popular routes will be busy.

Autumn (Mar–May)

Autumn’s calm, mild days are great for walking. The golden-orange autumn colours of the deciduous beech Nothofagus gunnii – also known as ‘Fagus’ – make autumn a delight in alpine areas like the Overland Track and Mt Field. Fagus is Tasmania’s only deciduous tree – it usually changes colour around the Anzac Day holiday (April 25) and holds its colour into May.

Winter (Jun–Aug)

Winter days are cold, but can often be crisp and clear, especially in the morning. In the highlands, expect snow. You’ll need all your warm, windproof and waterproof gear. The days are short and deep snow can make walking difficult. Be prepared to be holed up during blizzards, sometimes for days.

Spring (Sept–Nov)

Spring in Tasmania brings fresh winds and showers of rain. River levels may be high. Don’t risk crossing swollen rivers – it’s safer to wait until levels drop.

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