The Overland Track is one of the Worlds Greatest Walks. It connects the iconic Cradle Mountain in the North of the National Park, to Lake St Clair in the South.The track is approximately 65 km long and your hike is over 5 nights / 6 days. This style of tour is camping in twin share 4 season tents, on our private platforms.
This hike is suitable for novice to experienced bush walkers, and to lighten your load our guests are only required to carry a very small portion of the group food, your personal gear plus a share of a tent. Our itinerary is well researched and we give you the flexibility to either take it more leisurely and just stick to the main track, or do all of the side trips as well. Side trips include walks to the summits of Cradle Mountain and Mount Ossa. [weather, daylight etc depending]
Please take the time to read our itinerary and frequently asked questions below, which will help you prepare for your amazing adventure.
Start: Guests will be collected @ 0700am from their accommodation provider on day 1. Please be ready outside your Hotel at this time.
Finish: Typically we arrive back in Launceston @ 6pm. We recommend that you do not book flights home on this evening as delays are possible.
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. Weather, time and available daylight depending, we may offer a summit walk up Cradle Mountain on Day 1. 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’ll pass the turnoff to Barn Bluff (1559m) 7km to your south before you steadily descend into Waterfall Valley and our 1st nights camp.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Clair and the end of your Overland Track walk, congratulations! Ferry transport then takes you across Lake St Clair to Cynthia Bay and our transport back to Launceston.
Expect the weight of your pack to be 12kg – 15kg [this includes a share of a tent – total weight 2.8kg or 1.4kg halved]. Guests are required to carry no more than 1kg of food on any given day.
Yes! A gear check will be conducted at Macpac, a local outdoor gear retailer in Launceston @ 3pm the day before the walk. Should you not be able to make that time due to flights or work, we can arrange to come to your hotel that evening to check your gear.
Yes, we can cater for most diets including, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Coeliac. Other diets, for example: Keto may attract a surcharge. Please contact us after booking about your dietary needs.
Yes, we hire out Sleeping Bags – 1.157kg & Liners – 392 grams, Backpacks – 2.410kg, Sleeping Mats – 512 grams & Raincoats – 895 grams. These items can be selected on the booking form when you book.
We do the following side trips depending on group dynamics, weather and daylight hours. This includes: Cradle Mountain summit, Mt Ossa summit, Old Pelion Hut and all of the Waterfalls. Other options may include Mount Doris & Mountain Pelion East if the above is not accessable. We do not climb Mout Oakleigh.
If your Hotel cannot store it for you, we can. We will bring your luggage to the end of the track.
Single tents are available only if there is an odd number of guests in the group or if we cannot match up genders. You may request a single tent but this may not be guaranteed or we may be limited to space on the platforms. Guests must use our tents and not supply their own.
The price of the tour is the same per person, wether you book as a solo traveller or as a couple.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
Guests canceling their tour up to 8 to weeks prior, a full refund less the tour deposit [$400] will be refunded. If guests cancel a tour less that 8 weeks up until the pre-booked departure date, no refund will be given.
If guests wish to transfer their booking to another date this can be done up to 8 weeks prior only.
Should a participant/guest need to leave a tour once it has commenced, due to a medical emergency or any other reason, no refund, partial or in full, will be given.
Should we have to cancel a tour due to lack of numbers, guests will be given 30days notice. If we can’t offer you an alternative tour that would suit you, we will refund your payment in full.
We reserves the right to vary, cancel or postpone a tour due to unsafe conditions such as severe weather, floods, bush fires or sudden track closures. We reserve the right to cancel a tour, in whole or in part if it is necessary to do so due to a force majeure event.
COVID 19 Booking Conditions & Guarantee
In addition to our standard booking conditions above, it is understandable that there may be some hesitancy for guests looking at booking a hike in these uncertain times. Below is our booking guarantee if COVID 19 impacts on your ability to participate in the tour.
If COVID 19 has restricted your ability to travel because of border closures; if you are diagnosed with COVID 19; or if you have been instructed to quarantine or self isolate:
You will be allocated a booking credit voucher for any monies paid. That Credit Voucher may be used on a new booking for only the same walk for up to 24 months. Credit Vouchers are not redeemable for cash and evidence maybe requested if you have been impacted. You can only postpone your tour 24 days out up until the date of travel.
It is possible that we may have to cancel a tour due to conditions beyond our control (minimum numbers have not been met, severe weather, bushfires, Government park closures) etc.
We strongly recommends that suitable travel insurance be purchased by the traveller to cover any financial loss, due to your own cancellation, or if we has to cancel a tour.
We reserve the right to cancel a booking without notice, and if we can’t offer you an alternative tour that would suit you, we will refund your payment in full.
We will not be responsible for your travel expenses or losses arising from a cancellation. We also strongly recommend that comprehensive travel insurance be taken out against loss of baggage or any medical expenses.
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