77 days to go and I’ve finally cracked the transport problem I was having in the November 2011’s "Tasmania Blues" post; namely, getting to and from the Overland Track.
Greg of hikingfiasco.com, put me on to McDermotts Coaches, who do transfers from Launceston to Cradle Mountain for a bargain AUD $51! I had seen them advertised before, but dismissed them as a day tour company. When Greg mentioned them, I went to their website, but for some reason failed to find the information I needed. Lo and behold, two months later I have gone back and found the information straight away! A typical case of “wood for the trees!”
With the outward leg sorted, I started looking at getting back to Hobart. Before, I was concentrating on using one firm for both legs, which is probably why I was having trouble, but splitting them up has done the trick. Enter Adventure Seekers who can do it for between AUD $80-110! Result!
So, looking at the figures compared with my original option;
Launceston to Cradle Mountain
- Tiger Wilderness: AUD $300 (Billy No Mates Scenario), AUD $75 (5 or more passengers)
- McDermotts Coaches: AUD $51
Lake St. Clair to Hobart
- Tiger Wilderness: AUD $320 (Billy No Mates Scenario), AUD $80 (5 or more passengers)
- Adventure Seekers: AUD $110 (1-2 passengers), AUD $80 (3 or more)
Whilst there is the potential that Tiger Wilderness could be cheaper at AUD $155, the combination of the others is guaranteed maximum AUD $161. If I was part of a group, I would go with the one company, but I am a lone hiker, who has no guarantee of extra passengers chipping in. I really don’t see a choice, especially as my trip is the back end of the peak season, and I’m not confident of extra passengers coming on board. I prefer to fork out for a confirmed price; one less thing to worry about…