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7 Days$4690USD

Activities
  • 6 days walking with medium sized backpack
Accommodation
  • 5 nights private hut accommodation, 1 night historic inn accommodation
Meals
  • 6 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
  • 5 Breakfasts
7
Challenging
 
 

Trip highlights


  • Cradle Mountain Huts Overland Track is a trip of the Great Walks of Tasmania
  • Summit the peaks of the Overland Track including Cradle Mountain, Mount Ossa and Mount Oakleigh
  • Discover the rare beauty and extraordinary diversity of Tasmania’s world heritage-listed Cradle Mountain - Lake St. Clair National Park
  • Enjoy a steaming hot shower and fresh-baked afternoon tea, then enjoy the simple pleasures of life in a bush hut
  • Views into the heart of the World Heritage Area

Experience the Overland Track with a side of adventure. This seven day hut-based walk is a fabulous way for adventurous people to experience the iconic Overland Track while summiting some serious peaks along the way.

The walk itself starts in heart-pumping style with a summit climb of Cradle Mountain. Across six days in deep World Heritage Area wilderness, we tackle other peaks on our way south. Day 4 is the biggest at 18km including Mount Oakleigh and we back this up the following day climbing Tassie’s highest peak, Mount Ossa.

Each evening's accommodation on The Overland Track is in one of five ecologically sustainable private huts nestled away in this remarkable park. Just off the track, each hut is a haven to retreat to at the end of the day and features hot showers, a potbelly heater and twin-share rooms with comfortable beds. A hearty three-course dinner is prepared by your guides, with fine Tasmanian wine and cheerful conversation, a very pleasant way to relax after an active day.

Trip Code: CPO

Arrive in Launceston and make your own way to the Red Feather Inn, your accommodation for the night. Please arrive no later than 5.30pm. There will be a briefing with your guide at 6pm, for introductions and a gear check.

Meals:  D

After breakfast we journey to Waldheim in Cradle Valley. We will have morning tea, then set off on the track by 11am. By lunchtime we have walked through our first section of ancient temperate rainforest, have witnessed the dramatic glacially-carved Crater Lake and the steepest section of the whole Overland Track is behind us. The steep section is mostly stepped and takes us about an hour. It gets us onto Marion’s Lookout which (hopefully) offers famous and spectacular views of Cradle Mountain with Lake Dove at its base – worth every step. If the weather is fine, we stop for lunch by the peaceful Plateau Creek. We then embark on the challenging climb of Cradle Mountain where, on clear days, the views are spectacular. It's then about another 4 hours around the base of Cradle Mountain, out along the edge of a spectacular glacial cirque, then dropping into Waterfall Valley which we cross before arriving at our hut at the base of the towering Barn Bluff. Several hours of this day’s walk is over exposed alpine plateau which allows great views on a clear day, but in rough weather the wind howls over the land making for exciting, and sometimes challenging, walking conditions.

Meals:  L,D

The walking today is undulating with a few sections of exposed moorland. There are no large hills and the once notoriously muddy Pine Forest Moor is now a duckboard path over the mud! We do offer an optional side trip to Lake Will. We travel across plains where glaciers once sat and slowly moved, scouring out shallow tarns. Now we see plains of button grass with ancient Pencil Pines sitting with their roots in the water. Rising from the moors, the peaks of Cradle Mountain and Barn Bluff are behind us to the North, and the stately Mount Pelion West directly ahead. Those looking for additional challenge today can take a side trip to Lake Will. Hugged by pencil pines and with its narrow quartzite sand rim, Lake Will is striking. Keep an eye out for gravel mounds along the way, remnants of Joseph Will’s coal mining efforts in the 1890s. Further along the track, Lake Windemere offers an opportunity for an invigorating swim.This evening, at Pine Forest Moor Hut, enjoy dining with views out towards Mt. Oakleigh.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we venture through gorgeous myrtle-beech rainforest as we descend around the base of Mt Pelion West, down to the Forth River before it plunges into Lemonthyme Valley. We’ll take a break at Frog Flats beside the Forth River, which happens to be the Overland Track’s lowest point. From here, it’s a gentle ascent back out of the valley. We leave thick Eucalypt forest behind as the trees part to reveal Pelion Plains. Uninterrupted views of Mt Oakleigh’s dolerite spires now come into play. The Pelion Plains area offers a host of side trips, hugged by mountainous terrain. Our quest? To climb Mt Oakleigh. It’s our biggest day at 18 kilometres, so we pace ourselves knowing the warmth and comfort of Pelion Plains Hut awaits, nestled amongst dry sclerophyll forest.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today begins with a climb of almost 300m to Pelion Gap through beautiful rainforest. Pelion Gap is a plateau stretching between Mt Pelion East and Mt Ossa, affording fantastic views to the south as well as back to the north. There are plenty of side trips from Pelion Gap including our mission for the day, to summit Mt Ossa. At 1617m, it is Tasmania’s highest peak. Reaching the top, there’s plenty of time to take in 360 degree island views and enjoy a well-earned lunch. Back down at Pelion Gap it's a further few hours of gentle downhill to the hut. Once we arrive at Kia Ora Hut, enjoy a Tasmanian drop with spectacular views out to Cathedral Mountain. Conditions dictate our climb, as Mt Ossa’s boulderfields can be dangerous in heavy rain and snow. Your highly-trained guides can assess whether alternate peaks are more suitable.

Meals:  B,L,D

This is a day of waterfalls and majestic forests. We depart Kia Ora hut and walk about an hour to Du Cane where a hut remains from the long-gone days of animal trapping. A fine spot to rest in the native gardens planted by trapper Paddy Hartnet’s wife during her long stints in the bush with her husband. From there, we wander through some of the oldest forest in the National Park with King Billy Pines as old as 2000 years. Here we are above the Mersey River, which descends steeply Northward towards Bass Strait. There are three major sets of waterfalls and we opt to visit one or more of these. We will probably take lunch down to enjoy beside one of the falls. During the afternoon, the group makes its way over Du Cane gap then descends beside the spectacular Falling Mountain to Windy Ridge Hut.

Meals:  B,L,D

Lake St Clair is Australia’s deepest natural lake, and as with most of this area, has been shaped by glaciers. The walk is mainly through cool temperate eucalypt forest, and birdsong is all around. We arrive at Narcissus at the Northern end of Lake St Clair in time for lunch before boarding the Idaclair cruise boat for the spectacular 17km cruise back to Cynthia Bay. There is a visitor centre at Cynthia Bay, and we usually have about half an hour to look around. The return trip to Red Feather Inn is through the trout fishing mecca of the highland lakes, descending the rugged Western Tiers to the broad plains of the Northern Midlands, and passing through the rural townships of Cressy and Longford. You should arrive at Red Feather Inn by around 5pm.

Meals:  B,L


Inclusions

  • 6 breakfast, 6 lunches and 6 dinners
  • Professional guides
  • 5 nights twin share accommodation in private huts, 1 night twin share accommodation in a historic inn in Launceston
  • Limited selection of Tasmanian wine
  • Transport by private minibus
  • National Park and Overland Track passes
  • Boat transfer across Lake St Clair
  • Use of a backpack and Gore-tex jacket for the duration of the walk
  • Sleeping bags, pillows and a comfortable mattress at each hut
  • Sleeping sheet and pillowcase to carry with you

  • Travel to and from Launceston
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature - car parking etc
  • Snacks

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Notes

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In addition to the World Expeditions deposit, you will also be required to pay an additional deposit of AUD$500 (paid in your local currency at the current rate of exchange). The balance of the tour price is payable 90 days prior to departure.
DN2
A public holiday supplement applies on trips that overlap with a public holiday.

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