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Hiking the Overland Track Sept. 28-Oct. 5
Posted June 3rd, 2013 - 1:04 am by from Melbourne, Australia (Permalink)
Hi Tassies!

My name's Ally, I'm from the U.S., and I'm studying abroad in Melbourne in the Spring. For the study break I'm planning on taking the ferry down and hiking the Overland Track. The only difficulty I'm finding is getting to and from the track itself.

I could pay a shuttle fee of $620AUD, and that could go down if more people sign on and join.

However, in the likely case that that won't happen, I'm looking to the goodwill of the Tasmanians to help me out.

I would be completely willing to pay for petrol, and throw in some extra money for your time.

I need to get from the Spirit of Tasmania port (the ferry gets in at 6:30am, Sept 28) to Cradle Mountain. I wouldn't necessarily expect someone to get up so early to come get me, so depending on the person, we could work out a reasonable time. That trip is supposed to take about 1 hr. 45 mins, and is 86 km or so.

Then, I need to get from Lake St Clair back to Devonport by 6 on October 5. That trip is a little longer, Google says about 4 hours, and 276 km.

It wouldn't necessarily have to be the same person there and back, but I would SO APPRECIATE ANY HELP ANYONE COULD OFFER.

Or, if you think the $620 shuttle is a better option, feel free to tell me that.

Thank you!!

Posted June 3rd, 2013 - 7:06 am by from Longford, Australia (Permalink)

I can give you a lift.

Jamie Cox

Posted June 3rd, 2013 - 11:16 am from Launceston, Australia
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Posted June 3rd, 2013 - 11:51 am by from Melbourne, Australia (Permalink)
I've done a lot of research. Because I'm travelling on two Saturdays, and not quite in the height of the season, there don't seem to be a lot of ways to get there, and because I will have to get back to uni in time, my timeframe isn't flexible.

Tassie Link could get me there on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday.

Manion's does not appear to go to Devonport or directly to Cradle Mountain.

Every link that the National Park services listed, I have clicked on and contacted.

Posted June 4th, 2013 - 3:24 pm from Darwin, Australia
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Posted June 4th, 2013 - 3:55 pm by from Melbourne, Australia (Permalink)
The $620 Shuttle was with Tiger Wilderness. McDermotts only runs on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday, and both days I need to be traveling to and from the track are Saturdays.


Posted June 5th, 2013 - 6:09 am by from Longford, Australia (Permalink)

You can find me under the following:

FACEBOOK: James Angas Cox, Launceston, Tasmania

Best regards,

jamie cox

Posted June 10th, 2013 - 8:31 am by from Hobart, Australia (Permalink)
Hi Ally

I am a Tasmanian, former guide and lover of bushwalking and I am stoked you're coming to do the Overland in winter, let's hope it snows for you! I don't have a car otherwise I would certainly help you out.

Have you checked out Tassielink website? It's a bus service that goes from Launceston, via Devonport to Cradle Mountain. The route is labelled "Launceston to West Coast service". According to the timetable, services to Cradle are Mon and Wed departing Devonport at 10:15am and taking 2 hours to reach Cradle. If you started walking soon after, you would still reach the first campsite by nightfall.

You can download the PDF bus timetable on their website and it also tells you fares are $40.40 one way.

Getting back to Devonport from Lake St Clair is difficult. Lake St Clair is closer to Hobart. the roads aren't very good back to Launceston and Devonport, so buses don't really head directly from Lake St Clair. It would probably be easier to catch a bus to Hobart (the timetable and fares are on the same Tassielink page I linked to in the last paragraph), stay a night there in one of the backpackers (Brunswick, Pickled Frog to name a few!) and then travel back to Launceston on a Redline Coaches bus the next day ($35ish per adult from memory.)

I also suggest contacting some of the bushwalking tour companies to see if they've got trips heading out with a spare seat in their van. It's off-season, so they might not be operating, but it's worth a shot. Some leads are as follows: Tasmanian Expeditions. Cradle Huts, Tasmanian Wilderness Experiences, Tarkine Trails. Also, a Google search of Tasmanian bushwalking clubs will come up with a list of a few of the different clubs operating in Tas, who might be heading that way or know someone who is. It's really frustrating that our transport system is so poor... try living here and being a lover of the outdoors but without a car! It's hell!

Let me know if it gets close to the time and you're still stuck, I'll post something on Facebook for you.

Good luck, and I hope all my waffle made sense!


Posted June 10th, 2013 - 8:33 am by from Hobart, Australia (Permalink)
oh... I just reread your post, so sorry, you said you were travelling on Saturdays - so the bus won't work for you! If you can cut your trip a day short, you can catch the bus to Hobart from Lake St Clair on Friday? Anyway, check out the timetable, it might help somewhat still.

Posted September 19th, 2013 - 5:12 am by from Melbourne, Australia (Permalink)
I'm still trying to figure out a ride- however I found out that the shuttle runs from Lake St. Clair back up to Cradle. So I really just need a ride TO Cradle on the 28th and FROM Cradle on the 5th. If anyone knows someone who could give a lift or would be willing to, please let me know! I'd be more than happy to chip in (or, if out of the way, pay for entirely) for petrol.

Posted September 19th, 2013 - 12:55 pm by from Banff, Canada (Permalink)
Hey Ally!
Some friends and I are going to do the track the same time as you! Only we want to start on the 27th to do some side trips. Your more than welcome to join! We have one car that we are dropping off at lake st Claire, then taking the bus to the start at cradle mountain. We camp at cradle on the 26th, then start the next day. Si if you can get to the track either the 26th and stay with us or early on the 27th, we can walk together if you want! Coming out the other side though, I dont know if we will have room to drive you...theres 5 of us plus gear in just one little hatchback.. Either way, safe trip and hope to see you on the trail!


Posted September 19th, 2013 - 1:37 pm by from Melbourne, Australia (Permalink)
Hey Mel- my dates are pretty set in stone, and I'm more of a solo hiker than a group one. Thanks though!