An epic trek on the Overland Track through Tasmania’s most breathtaking scenery
Take on the challenge of Australia’s most famous trek – the Cradle Mountain Overland track – and take in some of Tasmania’s most stunning scenery. With two expert mountain guides at your side, you’ll make your way through temperate rainforest and groves of eucalypts, across alpine moors and through valleys, skirt the edges of bright blue lakes and take in views of waterfalls and towering peaks in the distance. Camp on the edges of historic huts under star-filled skies, wake up to dramatic landscapes and take the chance to tackle side trips like summitting Cradle Mountain and the island’s highest peak Mt Ossa. This active adventure is one of the best ways to take in an iconic trek and landscape.
Start: A pre-departure meeting will take place at 3pm the day before departure at Macpac: 22 Kingsway, Launceston, Tasmania 7250.
Finish: Drop off can be at various accommodations in Launceston, please advise your trip leader where you would like to be dropped off.
With everything taken care of, you’re free to make the most of the incredible scenery and views as you make your way along one of Australia’s most iconic hiking trails.
Leave all the organisation to us – from tickets and permits to gear hire – packs, rainwear, sleeping bag, mats, and comfortable all-season tents are all included.
Make the most of the local knowledge of two expert mountain guides along the way, and you’ll never take a wrong turn.
Enjoy the flexibility to tackle the trek as you like – the main track for a more leisurely hike, or add on a side trip like summitting Cradle Mountain or Mt Ossa for an extra challenge.
Welcome to one of Australia’s greatest walks. Your adventure begins with a pickup at 7 am. Make your way west from Launceston, through the picturesque scenery, to start your walk at Ronny Creek in Cradle Valley. Cross a small grass plain, passing Crater Creek, Crater Lake, and make your way up to Marion’s Lookout for sweeping views, from where you can see the iconic Cradle Mountain and the curved Dove Lake. The track continues past the historic Kitchen Hut, with its unusual double story design, and you’ll traverse the shoulder of Cradle Mountain surrounded by Tasmanian snow gums. Over 700 million years ago the ground beneath your feet was shaped by glaciers grinding through the landscape. Continue on to the Cradle Cirque, passing the turnoff to Barn Bluff, and descend into Waterfall Valley, where you will camp for the night.
The welcome meeting will take place at 3pm the day before departure at Macpac: 22 Kingsway, Launceston, Tasmania 7250. It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details at this time.
Pick-up on Day 1 will be at 7am from your accommodation. Please advise us (email@example.com) of your pick up location prior to departure.
Equipment is available for hire on this trip, please see the Packing section of FAQs for details. You must request the equipment you wish to hire via us (firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to departure. All requests are subject to availability.
Today’s walk is approximately 10km/6.2mi, 4-5 hours. If weather and time allow, there is also the opportunity to summit Cradle Mountain today.
Above Waterfall Valley is Barn Bluff, which juts out of the landscape in a distinctive cone-shaped peak. This morning you’ll have the opportunity to climb the bluff if the conditions are right, continuing on to Lake Windermere in the afternoon. Waterfall Valley is, unsurprisingly enough, full of beautiful cascades, and you’ll pass them as the track undulates across moorlands scattered with pencil pines, myrtles and snow gums. Look out for Tasmanian Devils, echidnas and wombats – though you may see the latter’s distinctive cube shaped poop more often than the mammals themselves. As you crest the moorland you’ll get a view across Lake Windermere, whose dark colour is caused by nutrients and oils leaking from the surrounding grass into the water. Make your way around the shore of the lake to tonight’s campsite, nestled in a scattered forest.
Today’s walk is approximately 8 kilometres, 3-4 hours, not including the optional side trip to climb the bluff.
You’ve worked your way up to the longest walk of the trip today. Begin with a walk through lightly timbered forest and across buttongrass moorlands to the lookout at Forth Gorge. In the distance the peaks of mounts Oakleigh, Ossa, Pelion East and West, as well as the Du Cane Range, pepper the horizon. Follow some small ascents and descents into the forest glade of Frog Flats, a wet section of forest crossed by the River Forth that’s home to some beautifully coloured mosses and fungi. Climb through forest to Pelion Plains, where the Forth Valley Track diverts off to Old Pelion Hut, which was built by copper miners at the very end of the 19th century. For the next 20 or so years, cattle drovers and trappers plied their trade here, before the area was declared a scenic reserve in 1922. Continue along the shore of Douglas Creek to New Pelion Hut, the largest of the track’s huts, which sits at the junction of the Overland and Arm River tracks.
Today’s walk is approximately 17 kilometres, 6-7 hours.
Begin today with a gradual climb up to Pelion Gap (1126 m). Here the track hits a crossroads with Mt Pelion to the east and to the west towering Mt Ossa, Tasmania’s highest peak at 1617 metres. If the weather’s right, there will be the option to climb either of the peaks today. Both summits boast amazing views of the national park and beyond its boundaries, and are well worth the extra effort. From the Pelion Gap crossroads the track passes through the glaciated Pinestone Valley and on to Kia Ora Hut, which sits on a creek of the same name and is nestled below the Ducane Range and Cathedral Mountain on the opposite side.
Today’s walk is approximately 9 kilometres, 4 hours. Allow 3-4 additional hours for the Mt Ossa or Mt Pelion East side trip.
Leave Kia Ora Hut and make your way through myrtle beech rainforest to Du Cane Hut, build in 1910 out of King Billy Pine by a trapper as a base for his trade. Further down the track you will take a side trip to see the falls of D’Alton, Fergusson and Hartnett, which tumble into the Mersey River in spectacular fashion, especially after recent rainfall. Back on the main track, the path climbs steadily to Du Cane Gap (1070 m), where Mt Geryon and the Acropolis (1471 m) of the Du Cane Range are the peaks that dominate the views. From here the track descends through eucalypt forest to Windy Ridge Hut, the newest hut on the track and your spot to share stories on the final night of the trip.
Today’s walk is approximately 10 kilometres, 5 hours.
Welcome to the final day of your Overland Track adventure. Leaving Windy Ridge Hut, descend with the track down the valley of temperate rainforest and eucalypt forest to the Narcissus River. Pass the path which splits off to take walkers to the base of the Du Cane Range and Pine Valley Hut, the base for access to the Acropolis and the Labyrinth. Follow the track down to a suspension bridge over the Narcissus River and the end is in sight – Lake St Clair and the finish of the Overland Track. Give yourself a huge pat on the back and your legs a rest with a ferry ride across the lake to Cynthia Bay. Jump back in the van for the ride back to Launceston, where your trip comes to an end, arriving around 6 pm this evening.
Today’s walk is approximately 10 kilometres, 4 hours.
You will need to carry all your own gear on this trek. Expect the weight of your pack to be around up to 15 kg. This includes a portion of the food for the trip, and a share of a tent which will be around 1.4 kg.
This trip involves plenty of walking over varied terrain and is best suited to travellers with a great level of mobility. Good footwear, clothing for all types of Tasmanian weather, plus perhaps walking poles are recommended. Details on physical activities and a packing list can be found in the itinerary.
This trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations and working with new partners can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.
Min 1, Max 10
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 below list.
We will supply a bowl, cup and cutlery for you. You do not have to bring these.
The following items are available to hire on this trip: sleeping bag with thermal liner, sleeping mat, raincoat, backpack with liner.
All items are AUD15 each for the duration of the trip (prices subject to change) and payment is due at the welcome meeting.
You must request the items you wish to hire via your booking agent and all requests are subject to availability.
Backpack – 65 plus litres [no smaller] & Waterproof Pack Cover
Sleeping Bag [Down Fill recommended with a minimum of 700 loft to a comfort rating of -2 degrees or better] placed inside a waterproof dry bag. [-2 degrees means comfort not extreme/max rating]
Sleeping bag liner
Sleeping Mat placed in a waterproof dry bag [Inflatable Thermo-rest, Sea to Summit or Exped brands 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]
2-3 x T Shirts
1 x Thermal Underwear [long legged made of merino wool]
1 x Down Jacket [ long sleeve best option]
1 x Mid-weight to heavy Fleece Pullover
3 x Pairs of Socks [min]
3 x Pairs of Underwear [min]
Wet Weather Gear & Waterproofing (Can be rented, please advise our Customer Service team)
Waterproof Jacket, raincoat with hood. Your raincoat needs to be thoroughly waterproof and made of a gore-tex material or similar [Not Rainbird Brand] (Can be rented, please advise our Customer Service team)
1 x Waterproof Trousers
Dry Bags x 3 [Size of 8 litres or bigger for clothes] to put clothes PLUS full pack liner & a pack cover
1. 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.
2. In addition you will also need a pack liner [large waterproof bag] that all the contents of your pack will fit into. (Can be rented, please advise our Customer Service team)
3. A pack cover is a waterproof cover that fits completely over the entire outside of your pack.
Walking Boots – Ankle High – not shoes [leather is more durable]
Camp shoes – Crocks, runners or sandals
Sunhat with brim & Beanie
Day Pack for side trips [small lightweight foldable stuff sack]
Gloves – [please bring for all seasons]
Head Torch & Spare Batteries & Camera
Drink Bottles and/or Camelback System [no less than 2 litres]
Toilet paper – in a waterproof zip lock bag
Toothbrush & Toothpaste
Disinfectant Wet Wipes for Cleaning Hands & Hand Sanitiser Gel
These items are mandatory – you must bring these
Sunscreen, Lip Balm & Insect Repellent
Extra zip lock bags for rubbish Sanitary Items [can’t be disposed of in loo’s]
Lightweight Travel Towel [small]
Due to WH&S reasons we are not permitted to supply over the counter medications such as, Panadol, Nurofen or Aspirin. You must self–supply.
Snacks – We provide muesli bars & scroggin but
Please bring energy foods such as chocolate and jelly beans
1. A pre-departure meeting will take place at 3pm the day before departure at Macpac: 22 Kingsway, Launceston, Tasmania 7250. It is important that you bring your gear to this meeting as our team will check the suitability of your gear for the trek. Please advise us if you are not able to make this.
2. It is essential that you read the Packing List in FAQs section, and that you bring all necessary items.
3. Solo travellers or travellers who will not share due to odd numbers will sleep in a cosy one person tent for the duration of the trek.
4. You will need to carry all your own gear on this trek. Expect the weight of your pack to be around up to 15 kg. This includes a portion of the food for the trip, and a share of a tent which will be around 1.4 kg.
5. Pick-up will be from 7am from a central Launceston Hotel or Accommodation of your choice. Please advise our team of your preferred location prior to departure.
6. Equipment is available for hire on this trip, please see the Packing section of FAQs for details. You must request the equipment you wish to hire via us (email@example.com) prior to departure. All requests are subject to availability.
7. Drop off can be at various accommodations in Launceston, please advise your trip leader where you would like to be dropped off.
8. Please advise us if you need us to store extra luggage that you will not be taking on your trek.