Tour ID: 10061786
This is one of the world's greatest walks, it connects Cradle Mountain with Lake St Clair. Your walk is over 5 nights and 6 days and this style of tour is camping in twin share four season tents on our private platforms. This is a full pack trek and it is suitable for novice bushwalkers.
The 2018 2019 Season price per person is $1950.00
The Overland Track is one of the worlds Greatest Walks. It connects the iconic Cradle Mountain with Lake St Clair.
Your guided walk starts at Cradle Valley and snakes its way through rainforests and past craggy mountain peaks and alpine moors to Lake St Clair.
Your walk is over 5 nights and 6 days and this style of tour is camping in twin share four season tents on our private platforms.
This is a full pack trek and it is suitable for novice bushwalkers. You also carry less as we have pre-arranged food drops along the track.
Our itinerary is well researched and we give you the flexibility to either - do all the "side trips" or you can take it more leisurely and stick to the main track.
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 New 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: New Pelion Hut to Kia Ora Hut - 9km, 4 Hours
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 Hut to 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: Bert Nichols 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.
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
We can loan to guests free of charge: Backpacks, Sleeping Bags and Sleeping Mats
5 nights / 6 days
7:00 AM Daily
All guests will be picked up from their Launceston Accommodation @ 0700am
A full packing list will be emailed at the booking stage.
Not suitable for children under 10yrs
The tour price includes all transfers to and from Launceston to the start of the walk.
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