Getting a transfer from the outside of the Cradle Mountain National Park to Ronney Creek, the "official" start of the Overland Track has received a boost this year when Michelle O'Byrne, the Tasmanian Minister for Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts issued a press release announcing the shuttle service will run though winter.
This is a great bonus for winter walkers of the Track as it solves one problem when planning the walk - how to get to the start if you take public transport.
Cradle Mountain by Vanlaar
The Press Release.....
The popular shuttle service at Cradle Mountain will continue to operate throughout winter, providing access to Dove Lake during snowy conditions.
The Minister for Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts, Michelle O’Byrne, said the expansion of the service this year recognised the benefits for the environment and visitors to the popular World Heritage Area.
“The objective of the shuttle service is to reduce the traffic congestion and impacts of vehicles at Dove Lake and to provide an improved visitor experience,” Ms O’Byrne said.
“The feedback from visitors about the shuttle service has been overwhelmingly positive and although there is reduced demand during winter, we are keen to see that the great service provided by McDermotts Coaches to Cradle visitors continues this winter.
“The shuttle buses will have the capacity to operate in snow conditions when the Dove Lake Road is restricted to four wheel drive access only, and that is a real bonus for visitors to be able to see this spectacular environment in picturesque snowy conditions.”
The service will see two buses operating a 30 minute schedule, between 9am and 4pm, seven days per week. The winter timetable begins on Saturday, 17 May and runs through to mid-September.
The Overland Track - Planning the walk from Overseas