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Overland Track

The Overland Track is Tasmania’s and one of the Worlds Greatest Walks. It connects the iconic Cradle Mountain in the north with Lake St Clair in the south.

Your Overland Track guided walk starts at Cradle Valley. At over 65km it snakes its way through rainforests, over button grass plains, past craggy mountain peaks and lakes to Lake St Clair.

Our expert mountain guides will lead you through this magnificent and ancient landscape. They will cook and care for you, and interpret the landscape as you walk though it.

Your walking tour is over 5 nights and 6 days and this style of guided walk is camping in twin share four season tents on our private platforms.

This trek is suitable for novice to experienced bushwalkers, however a good level of fitness is required. To Lighten your load, in your backpack you will only be carrying your personal gear and a share of a tent. (Please read our “Essential Gear List” which is below)

Equipment taken care of by the Guides is as follows: All emergency and first aid equipment. Cooking equipment and food. We also have pre-arranged food drops along the track.

Our itinerary is well researched and we give you the flexibility to either - do most of the "side trips" or you can take it more leisurely and stick to the main track.

Please take time to scroll down the page and read our day-by-day itinerary as well as our general information, which will help you prepare for your amazing adventure.

Overland Track Guided Walk Price

$1850.00 per person [Inc GST]

Departure Dates

 


21st – 26th November 2017
4th – 9th December 2017
19th – 24th December 2017
26th – 31st December 2017
8th – 13th January 2018
22nd – 27th January 2018
5th – 10th February 2018
13th – 18th February 2018
19th – 24th February 2018
5th – 10th March 2018
19th – 24th March 2018
26th – 31st March 2018
9th - 14th April 2018



How to Book

To make a booking, click on the book now button above and select your departure date. Each departure date will advise you of the availability [number of spots left].

Complete the online booking form and submit.

Walk Itinerary

Day 1: Ronny Creek to Waterfall Valley – 10km, 5 – 6 hours

After a picturesque drive from Launceston, your walk starts at Ronny Creek in Cradle Valley, then crosses a small button grass plain before rising up to the expansive views from Marion’s Lookout.

From Marion’s Lookout you’ll get commanding views of the iconic Cradle Mountain (1545m) and Dove Lake.
The track passes Kitchen Hut then traverses around the shoulder of Cradle Mountain through magnificent stands of Tasmanian Snow Gums. The rocky ground that you are walking on, over 700 million years ago was shaped by glaciation.

The vegetation that you will see here are alpine communities of herb fields, shrubs, scoparia and Deciduous Beech trees. Now, you are walking along what’s known as the Cradle Cirque. You pass the turnoff to Barn Bluff (1559m) 7km to your south before you steadily descend into Waterfall Valley and our 1st nights camp.

 

Day 2: Waterfall Valley to Lake Windermere – 8km, 3 - 4 hours

Waterfall Valley sits below the dominant Barn Bluff. The mountains in this area are of fluted dolerite (columns formed by the rock cooling, hardening and shrinking) over millions of years.

In the morning we will have the opportunity of climbing Barn Bluff [3 - 4hr return side trip] should conditions be favourable, then we will proceed to Lake Windermere in the afternoon.

From Waterfall Valley and its amazing waterfalls the track today gently undulates across moorlands. You’ll see stands of Pencil Pines, Myrtles and Snow Gums. The moorlands are also home to many species of mammals namely wombats (whose cube shaped scats) you will commonly see on the track. You may also sometimes get a glimpse of a wombat, Tasmanian Devils and Echidnas.

From the top of the Moorland, Lake Windermere can be viewed. The lakes dark colour, is caused by, oils and nutrients leaching from the button grass as tannin, and staining the water.

We soon sidle around Lake Windermere to our camp, which is nestled in a light timbered forest of deciduous beech and tangle foot.


Day 3: Lake Windermere to Pelion Hut – 17km, 6 – 7 hours.

In distance, this day is the longest of your walk. Firstly, you’ll walk through some lightly timbered forest then across some buttongrass moorlands to the Forth Gorge Lookout. At the lookout you’ll get views of mounts Oakleigh, Ossa, Pelion East and West and the Du Cane range in the distance.

Small ascents and descents then lead you into the forest glade of Frog Flats. Frog Flats is a damp section of forest, home to beautifully coloured mosses and fungi.

Climbing up through forest to Pelion Plains there is a short sidetrack to Old Pelion Hut (built in 1895 following the discovery of copper in the area). Cattle drovers and trappers followed the miners until the area was proclaimed a scenic reserve in 1922.

From this point New Pelion Hut is soon reached. New Pelion Hut is the largest of the huts and it sits on the junction of the Overland and the Arm River Tracks.

 

Day 4: Pelion Hut to Kia Ora Hut – 9km, 4 hour

The day starts with a gradual climb up to Pelion Gap (1126m). To the east of the gap rises Mt Pelion East and to our west rises Tasmania’s highest peak, Mt Ossa (1617m).

If the weather is kind you’ll have the option of climbing Mt Ossa or Mount Pelion East. Both summits have commanding views of the National Park and beyond and it is well worth the effort. [Allow 3 – 4 extra hours for these side trips]

From Pelion Gap the track passes through the glaciated Pinestone Valley then onto Kia Ora Hut (New Zealand Maori word for welcome) nestled below the Du Cane Range and the dominant Cathedral Mountain.


Day 5: Kia Ora to Windy Ridge [Bert Nichols Hut]– 10km, 5 hours.

Myrtle – beech rainforest dominates this section as you pass by Du Cane Hut (Windsor Castle). This hut was built by trapper Paddy Hartnett around 1910 as a base for his trapping. The hut is constructed out of King Billy Pine, which you’ll see commonly growing in the area.

Not far from Du Cane hut we will take a side trip to D’Alton, Fergusson and Hartnett Falls on the Mersey River. The falls are quite spectacular especially after recent rainfall.

From the falls junction the track climbs steadily to Du Cane Gap (1070m). Mount Geryon and The Acropolis (1471m) on the Du Cane Range are the dominant Peaks that can be viewed from here. The track then descends through Eucalypt forest to Windy Ridge Hut (the newest hut) on the Overland Track.


Day 6: Windy Ridge Hut to Lake St Clair – 11km, 3-4 hours.

The track descends down the valley to the Narcissus River through Eucalypt forest and stands of temperate rainforest. You will pass by the junction to Pine Valley, which leads walkers up to the base of the Du Cane Range and access to the Acropolis and the Labyrinth.

Once you cross the suspension bridge over the Narcissus River you will shortly reach Lake St Claire and the end of your Overland Track walk, congratulations!

Ferry transport @ approximately 2:15pm then takes you across Lake St Clair to Cynthia Bay and our transport back to Launceston.

 

What’s Included

  • This tour starts from Launceston and includes all transfers to the start of the walk and back to Launceston at the end of the walk
  • We pick up all guests on day 1 from their Hotel / Motel between 0700am – 7:20am and proceed to our location to conduct a gear check before we depart Launceston for Cradle Mountain
  • We will return you to your Hotel / Motel @ 6:15pm on day 6
  • All food on the walk is provided including snacks but you are welcome to bring additional snacks if you wish. We can also cater for different dietary requirements
  • National Park Passes and Overland Track Fees
  • For Overland track Guests only, we can loan Back Packs, sleeping bags [including liners] and sleeping mats at no extra charge
  • Tent accommodation, cooking and emergency equipment
  • 2 of Tasmania’s best mountain guides
  • Ferry from the end of the track to Cynthia Bay

Our Essential Gear List

The Layering System

The weather in Tasmania is varied and sometimes unpredictable. Below we have explained the layering system and its function. This is how you will keep warm.

The layering system consists of three layers, including:

Base Layer: regulates your body temperature and wicks away moisture from your skin. Best brands are any made from Merino Wool [not cotton items]. This item will wick moisture away from your skin and help regulate your body temperature. These products are also known as “thermals”

Mid Layer: This layer traps the heat in. This item would be a fleece jacket, a down jacket or vest or soft shell jacket. It would be advisable to have 2 garments, one being lighter weight for warmer days and one heavier for colder days

Outer Layer: This layer would normally be your raincoat. Please select a good quality garment made of Gore-tex or a similar material and preferably knee length. These fabrics are waterproof and breathable. This type of material lets your sweat vapour to pass through the fabric and prevents water vapour [rain] to get in

When we collect you from your accommodation provider please have the gear that you intend to bring on the walk, separate from your main luggage. This will make the gear check run more smoothly. If you have requested to loan a pack, sleeping bag or mat, we will have these items ready for you on day 1.

The Gear List

All items are mandatory
  • Backpack – 65+ litres [no smaller] & Waterproof Pack Cover
  • Sleeping Bag [Down Fill only with a minimum of 700 loft to a comfort rating of -2 degrees or better] placed inside a waterproof dry bag or waterproof compression sack
  • Sleeping bag liner – Sea to Summit Thermolite Reactor best
  • Sleeping Mat placed in a waterproof dry bag [Inflatable Thermo-rest Brand the best]
  • 1 x Lightweight Long Sleeved Shirt [for sun protection]
  • 1 x Walking Shorts
  • 1 x Lightweight walking trousers
  • 3 x Long Sleeved Thermal Tops – mid to heavy weight [Merino Wool]
  • 1 x Thermal Underwear [long legged made of merino wool]
  • 1 x Down Jacket [long sleeve]
  • 1 x each of light weight and heavy weight Fleece Pullover
  • 3 x Pairs of Socks
  • 3 x Pairs of Underwear
Wet Weather Gear & Waterproofing
  • Waterproof Jacket, raincoat with hood. We recommend that your raincoat is knee length and that it is thoroughly waterproof and made of a goretex material or similar
  • Waterproof Trousers
  • Gaiters [knee length preferred]
  • Dry Bags x 3 to put clothes in PLUS a full pack liner & a pack cover. Dry bags are waterproof bags [Sea to Summit brand best] to store your clothes, sleeping bag and mat in so that they don’t get wet.
  • In addition you will also need a pack liner [large waterproof bag] that all the contents of your pack will fit into.
  • A pack cover is a waterproof cover that fits completely over the entire outside of your pack.
Footwear
  • Walking Boots – Ankle High best and must be lace up. [leather boots are more durable] CHECK CONDITION OF LACES AND ENSURE THAT THE SOLES ARE SECURELY ATTACHED TO THE BOOTS
  • Camp shoes – Crocks, runners or sandals
Additional
  • Sunhat with brim
  • Beanie
  • Gloves – [please bring for all seasons]
  • Sunglasses
  • Head Torch & Spare Batteries
  • Camera
  • Drink Bottles and/or Camelback System [no less than 2 litres]
Toiletries
  • Toilet paper – in a waterproof zip lock bag
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Wet Wipes for body wash [bring a travel size pack, not jumbo size]
  • Sunscreen & Lip Balm
  • Hand Sanitizer Gel
  • Lightweight Travel Towel [small]
  • Medications [make sure you have enough]
  • A few band aids
Optional

• Trekking Poles

NOT RECOMMENDED – Books, Electronics, Cotton or Denim Clothing

PLEASE NOTE

You will have to be prepared for ALL weather extremes. You will be walking at alpine altitudes. We strongly suggest that you take all of the items on the above list.

Complimentary Merchandise

All guests on our Overland Track Guided Walk will receive a complimentary Tasmanian Hikes T-Shirt, Beanie and Enamel Mug. These items will be gifted to you at the start of the walk. Please let us know your T Shirt sizing on the booking form. Sizes are XS – XL in both mens and womens.

 

 

Things you should know

  1. Please download the gear list from the tab on our website. You must bring all the items on the gear list, as the weather in Tasmania can be changeable. You will need to pack both warm weather and cold weather items. We can loan packs, sleeping bags and mats at no extra charge, but we do not hire or loan clothing. If loaning gear from us, we will bring this gear for you on the 1st day of the walk
  2. If you are not returning to the same accommodation provider after the walk, we can store and look after extra luggage for you whilst you are on the track.
  3. To make the trip as comfortable as we can for you and to get your pack weight down, you will not be required to carry any group food, only a cache of personal rations, a bowl and a cup plus day 1 lunch, water and a share of a tent.
  4. We can cater for most dietary requirements, for example gluten free or vegetarian, but we need to know your requirements well in advance prior to the start of the walk [4 weeks minimum]
  5. It is very important that you disclose any medical conditions. This means everything including past operations, artificial joints, allergies or conditions controlled by medications and the medications that you are using. This information will help our guides manage any medical emergency, should one arise.
  6. If you are on medications please ensure that you have plenty for the trip and that you have set a reminder to bring them.
  7. We recommend that you work on your fitness by doing practice walks with a pack well in advance before your trip, as your lack of fitness may impact on other guests or your ability to finish the walk
  8. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary, delay, or cancel a tour due to extreme weather conditions, bushfires, sudden track closures, group dynamics or medical emergencies.
  9. Please click on the gear list tab on this website and download the gear list for your walk.