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Strong demand for Overland Track bookings


The popularity of the iconic Overland Track continues to grow with a big increase in the number of bookings for the next walking season compared to last year.

The opening day of the 2015-16 Overland Track booking season saw a total of 323 bookings made for a combined number of 1018 walkers.

That compares to 167 bookings for 534 walkers in the previous year - an increase of almost 100 per cent.

The total number of bookings so far to date is 586 bookings for 1,671 walkers.

This is an encouraging start to the season and a reflection of the popularity of the Overland Track walk.

Covering more than 65 km of the finest mountain wilderness in Australia, the Overland Track is regarded as one of Australia's premier bushwalks.

The alpine wilderness walk is a six-day trek through the Cradle Mountain- Lake St Clair National Park.

During popular months of the year, from the 1st of October to the 31st of May, walkers must book in advance and pay a fee in order to walk the track from north (Cradle Mountain) to south (Lake St Clair).

The advice from the Parks and Wildlife Service is that the peak Christmas holiday period from the 26th of December 2015 to the 6th of January 2016 is already fully booked and the week leading into Christmas is rapidly filling.

Since bookings opened on the 1st of July, there have been increases over the same period last year for every month of the booking season, reflecting the remarkable increase in bookings overall.

The message to those walkers contemplating walking the Overland Track in the peak summer holidays or over the Easter break is to book soon.   

The Parks and Wildlife website contains information about the walk and how to book. Visit www.overlandtrack.com.au