Car & Motorcycle
If driving, fill up with petrol before heading to Cradle Mountain – although petrol is sold at the visitor centre, prices are higher there than in the towns. There's a petrol station at Derwent Bridge where the same caveat applies. If you park at the visitor centre, shuttle buses run into the park every 10 to 20 minutes throughout the day.
Tassielink timetables change regularly – check the website for details. It's advisable to book your seat in advance.
Tassielink buses travel between Launceston ($61.50, 3¼ hours) and the Cradle Mountain Visitor Information Centre four times per week, stopping at the Spirit of Tasmania dock in East Devonport, at the Devonport town centre and in Sheffield en route. They continue to Queenstown ($74.80, six hours) twice weekly, where there are connections to Strahan.
To get from Hobart to Cradle Mountain, you'll need to travel via Launceston or Queenstown. Tassielink services travel from Hobart to Queenstown via the visitor centre at Lake St Clair ($53.60, 2¾ hours) four times per week, stopping at destinations including New Norfolk, Bronte Junction and Derwent Bridge en route. The Hobart to Launceston route is a daily service ($35, 2½ hours).
Lake St Clair
Tassielink services travel from Hobart to Queenstown via the visitor centre at Lake St Clair ($53.60, 2¾ hours) four times per week, stopping at destinations including New Norfolk, Bronte Junction and Derwent Bridge en route.
To get from Launceston to Lake St Clair, head to Hobart and take the bus to Queenstown via Lake St Clair, or take the service to Queenstown ($74.80, six hours, twice weekly), overnight there, then take the Queenstown–Hobart bus to Lake St Clair ($32.10, 1¾ hours) the following day.
For Overland Track walkers, Tassielink offers a Launceston–Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair–Hobart package fare costing $104. Package fares cost $135 from Launceston to Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair to Launceston via Hobart and $137 from Devonport to Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair to Devonport via Hobart.
Cradle Mountain Coaches operates bushwalker shuttle services between Launceston and Cradle Mountain ($320 or $80 per person for four or more passengers), between Devonport and Cradle Mountain ($260/$65) and Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair ($400/$100).
The company also runs shuttles from Lake St Clair to Hobart ($360 for private shuttle or $90 per person for four or more passengers).
The shuttles collect passengers from Launceston and Devonport airports, city centres and accommodation venues, the Spirit of Tasmania ferry terminal, any towns along the routes.
Tassie Road Trips also shuttles bedraggled hikers back to Hobart from the Lake St Clair end of the track. Minimum two people ($135 per person); prices come down for larger groups (three people $95 per person, four people $90, five people $85 etc).