Lake St Clair To Hobart Bus – We often hear from our customers that planning the logistics of climbing the Overland Trail is the most complex aspect of their trip. So we decided to make things a little easier for you by giving you some helpful tips!
First, before you reach Cradle Mountain, there are a few things you should be aware of
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You must have already booked an Overland Track Pass if you plan to go between 1 October and 31 May.
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Tickets will be available at 9.00 on 1 July for the following summer season. Get in early as cards run out fast! You can order your passes here https://parks.tas.gov.au/explore-our-parks/cradle-mountain/overland-track
You will also need a separate National Parks Pass which you can buy in advance online here https://passes.parks.tas.gov.au/ or you can organize this when you arrive at the Visitor Information Center
If you are planning to take the ferry from Narcissus to Cynthia Bay at the end of your journey, it is really a good idea to book this with as much notice as possible – popular times will be booked well in advance.
· Hire an ePirb – You can do this via the Hiking Gear Hire website. Alternatively, you can hire them at the Cradle Mountain Visitor Information Center, but they are all sold out and you can’t book in advance!
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· Book some transport! This is where we come in! We have a lot of different options to get you to/from the track… But there is some information you should be aware of before you decide what to do… Read on!
When you arrive at Cradle Mountain, you will get your permit and park pass (unless you purchased one previously) from the rangers at the Visitor Information Center.
Once you’re all signed up, the rangers will run a safety briefing to make sure you have the right equipment, understand the conditions, what to do and answer any questions you may have.
· These notes are mandatory and the first one is at 0830 – the second happens every hour thereafter. We recommend that you arrive half an hour before your briefing to ensure you have done this – otherwise you may have to sit back and wait until the next minute!
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The safety briefings will last approximately half an hour and once completed you can board the shuttle bus and head to Ronnie Creek to begin your journey!
Everything from getting to the Cradle to getting off the shuttle at Ronny Creek should take an hour (more if you want a coffee in the cafe!)
You can check in the day before you start walking, but only from 15.00 onwards with your last briefing at 16.30 – if you choose to do so, the next morning you can take the shuttle bus and head straight to the national park to start your hike!
Yes…. Now that you know all these details, it’s time to decide on some transportation, and there are a few options for you:
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From Hobart to Cradle Mountain: Not as popular as above as this option takes twice as long, if this is your choice we recommend arriving at Cradle the day before your trek begins to avoid a long walk and a late start on the trail .
Lake St Clair to Cradle Mountain: For those who have other travel plans after completing the hike and gaining access to their own vehicles, a common option is to park your vehicle at Lake St Clair and drive it back to Cradle Mountain to begin wander. As with the Hobart to Cradle option, this is a longer trip (3.5 hours) and we recommend doing this the day before you start your trip.
You can also choose to park at Cradle, hike, pick up at Lake St Clair and return to your car in Cradle.
Lake St. Clair to Launceston: Picking you up from Lake St. Clair will depend on the ferry you have booked or the time you plan to arrive in Lake St. Clair Visitor Center. Two and a half hour drive back to Launceston.
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Transfer bookings can be made here: https:///Transfers and as always if you have any questions or need further advice please contact https:///contact It is accessed from Cradle Mountain at the North Rim and St Clair Lake in the south – both of Tasmania’s most famous landmark – and spread across seven of the state’s 10 highest mountains.
Part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, this is the place to discover Tasmanian alpine therapies. In autumn, the slopes below Cradle Mountain turn yellow and red, while the falling mud turns brown. Wildlife is abundant and glacial lakes fill the spaces between the mountains.
Hiking trails radiate into the park from both visitor areas, including the popular multi-day Overland Trail, though you don’t have to go for a week to discover this park’s alpine charm and rugged beauty.
Mount Tasmania, famous for its steep curvature, rises from the shores of Dove Lake and creates a spectacular sight from Marion’s Observatory or the edge of the lake.
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Australia’s deepest lake is surrounded by mountains and cool temperate rainforests that provide excellent short hiking trails or simply wild lake views.
Although it often falls into the imagination of Cradle Mountain, the park’s other peaks are no less spectacular. Many of Tasmania’s highest mountains – including Mount Osa (the highest peak in the state), Billion West and Barn Bluff – arch over the country lane, creating stunning views of the mountains as you hike between them.
Gathered below Cradle Mountain, this stunning glacial lake offers classic mountain views – from the historic wooden boat that shines on its shores or when deciduous trees shine across the slopes in autumn.
Take a trip around the lake and pass right down the nose of Cradle Mountain. This walk (2-3 hours, 6 km) mixes mountain scenery with the dense forests of the rainforest. One of Tasmania’s 60 shortest walking trails.
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The challenging climb to the top of the fifth highest peak in Tasmania (8 hours, 12.8 km) offers stunning mountain views. It requires a head for heights and the ability to climb over rocks. One of Tasmania’s 60 shortest walking trails.
This popular hike (20 minutes, 1.1 kilometers) is effortless and very scenic, winding through mossy rainforest along a stream on the northern edge of the park. One of Tasmania’s 60 shortest walking trails.
Climb from the shores of Lake St. Clair to the high alpine peak of this great mountain. This circuit (7 hours, 19 km) makes for a challenging day. One of Tasmania’s 60 shortest walking trails.
Tasmania’s most famous multi-day walk is a six-day 65-kilometre hike that winds between many of Tasmania’s highest and most spectacular peaks as it traverses the park from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair. Reservations are required to hike the trail from October through May.
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Swim, jump, slide and tumble your way through a narrow gorge on this Cradle Mountain adventure tour.
See the Tasmanian Devils (Coles) in this sanctuary on the edge of the park. Walk around the center during the day or come later for a feeding tour after dark.
The Cradle Mountain Visitor Center is located just outside the northern edge of the park and contains a cafe, gift shop and tour desks. The Lake St Clair Visitor Center is located on the shores of Cynthia Bay at the southern end of the lake. The attached Lake St Clair Lodge has a restaurant and reserves the sea ferry.
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National Park shuttle buses operate between the Cradle Mountain Visitor Center and Dove Lake (8am to 6pm October to March and 9am to 5pm April to September), with no private vehicles allowed on the road during these times. Shuttle bus tickets are included as part of your park pass, which is required to enter Tasmania’s national parks.
There are campsites at Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair. A selection of accommodation is located on the edge of the park at Cradle Mountain. On the shores of Lake St. Clair there is accommodation at Lake St Clair Lodge, at Pumphouse Point and in the nearby town of Derwent Bridge.
Cradle Mountain is 4 hours’ drive (300 km) northwest of Hobart, and 1 hour and 45 minutes’ drive (140 km) west of Launceston. Lake St. Clair is 2 hours and 30 minutes drive (180 km) northwest of Hobart and 2 hours and 15 minutes drive (170 km) southwest of Launceston.
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