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Book now and get your holiday on track


Tasmanians planning to take one of the world's great walks along the Overland Track this summer have been urged to book as soon as possible.

More than 3,000 people have already secured their place with the booking system, which is in its second season.
"Some days are already booked out but there is still plenty of opportunity to embark on this magnificent journey," Tourism, Arts and the Environment Minister Paula Wriedt said.

The booking system allows for 34 independent walkers and 2 groups of 13 to leave Cradle Mountain each day between 1 November and 30 April.

The system was introduced in 2005 to reduce overcrowding, increase enjoyment and reduce negative impacts on the World Heritage Area.

"Last season 5740 walkers used the booking system to enjoy the Overland Track and the feedback was extremely encouraging and positive," Ms Wriedt said.

The $100 track fee helps maintain the track and as a result there have been track upgrades, resupply of composting toilets and removal of waste from huts.

This summer track rangers will carry out maintenance of huts, toilets and the track while volunteers at Waterfall Valley and Narcissus will act as hut wardens and provide information.

Planning is underway for the replacement of Windy Ridge hut and the construction of new toilets at Echo Point.

The Draft Overland Track Recreation Zone Plan is out for comment until 15 January 2007. A copy is available at the Parks and Wildlife Service website: