From the foothills below Cradle Mountain in Tasmania’s central north west, The Overland Track heads 65kms south to the northern shores of Lake St. Clair. Along the way it passes through some diverse, spectacular and unique landscapes, including vast sub-alpine moors and dramatic mountain passes, dense mossy rainforest and majestic, drier woodlands. With a chance to climb lofty peaks, including Tasmania’s highest (Mt Ossa), visit pristine lakes and awesome waterfalls, and looking back from the ferry ride along beautiful Leeawuleena (Lake St Clair), it is easy to see what draws people from around the world to experience this incredible journey.

While there are some longer days walking and some rougher track sections, this is a relatively easy on- track walk suitable for reasonably fit first timers, involving, on average, 4/5 hrs walking each day. Optional side-walks from the main track are included on several days (weather dependent) for more of a challenge. Extra days to explore Pine Valley is a rewarding option, as is a winter tour, for those even more adventurous..

 

Overland-Track-Map

What’’s includedEquipment ChecklistWalk GradesAvailability

Details and Pricing

We can be reasonably flexible with departure dates, itineraries and many conditions, and can tailor a tour to suit larger groups. These are our regular tours and represent the optimal itinerary derived from a number of variations, over many years:

Summer Overland Experience (September to May)

  • First night cabin accommodation at Cradle Mountain
  • Six days walking, Five nights camping
  • Departures available to start most weekends, on demand.
  • Pickup Launceston 2pm /Devonport  3.30pm
  • Returns to Launceston/Devonport late afternoon on the final day
  • Average pack weight carried 11-13kg
  • Includes permits, local travel, access to all necessary equipment, experienced guide staff, meals & catering

$2050/ per person*

*Four person minimum pricing (we can usually add you to other groups if you don’t have four)

Discounts | Grade – Moderate | Payments & Refund

 

Pine Valley (Extension to Overland Track)

  • Two Days, additional to the above Overland Track options.
  • Two days walking, two nights camping.
  • On demand.

$575/ per person*

*3 person minimum pricing

Winter Overland Experience (Snowshoe/Treks) (July & August)

  • First night cabin accommodation at Cradle Mt
  • Six days walking, Six nights camping, (including one reserve/rest day)
  • Departures available on demand
  • Pickup Launceston 9am/Devonport 10am, returns early evening on the final day
  • Average Pack Weight 12-14kg
  • Includes permits, local travel, access to all necessary equipment, experienced guide staff, meals & catering

$2375/ per person*

*Four person minimum pricing (we can usually add you to other small groups if you don’t have four)

Discounts | Grade –  Moderate | Payments & Refunds

 

Self-Guided Overland Track (October-April)

  • Flexible duration
  • Transport from Launceston or Devonport to Cradle Mt.
  • Includes National Park Permits*, Ferry Fees
  • Includes Full Equipment Hire & (experienced) outfitting
  • Average Pack Weight 18-20kg

*For the ‘Self-Guided’ option you will also need to purchase the Overland Track Pass for your preferred departure date (once confirming your departure with us). You can search for available dates here:  Overland Track Booking Server

$795/ per person*

*Two person minimum pricing, substantial discounts available for groups of three people or more (ten maximum).

Alternative Date: (Please suggest a range of choices if possible, especially for singles and smaller groups)




 

 

Guided Walk Itinerary

Map Sheet Tasmap Cradle Mountain/Lake St

Clair NP Map 1:100000

‘The Overland Track’ – Frank & Sue Wall (ebook)

‘The Overland Track’ – Warwick Sprawson

‘Overland Track’ – John & Monica Chapman

 

First Day

We pick up from Launceston from 2pm and Devonport from 3.30pm where we stop off at our gear store for equipment/outfitting. Equipment outfitting usually takes 1-1.5 hours. This is time for explaining and allocating equipment and for the guides to pack fresh food supplies etc. The drive up to Cradle Mountain takes around 1.5 hours. We spend the night in several bunk cabins, most often at historic “Waldheim”, surrounded by rainforest and right near the Overland Track trail-head.

 

On the Track – Walking days

Day One
Distance: 10 km
Estimated Time: 4 – 5 hours walking + optional side tracks

Following breakfast, time to pack and for a group briefing, set off on a steady climb up onto the Cradle Mt. plateau south from Marion’s Lookout. Steep in parts, though well contoured, the track passes waterfalls, glacial lakes and meanders through groves of Pine and Beech forest. Once on the plateau you will be surrounded, in good weather, by grand views of distant mountain ranges. Shimmering lakes below and craggy peaks ahead, especially the crags of Cradle Mountain dominating the foreground. Kitchen Hut, near the Cradle Mt summit turnoff, is a spectacular setting for lunch. For those in a party attempting the summit a further 2.5-3 hours will be needed. From here, The Overland Track traverses the western flanks of Cradle Mountain and around the rim of an impressive carved glacial valley head (‘cirque’) below Mt. Emmet. The walking from here, on timber tracks, allows a chance to take in the views, the scenery opens to reveal distant ranges and the route to be taken over the next few days. Barn Bluff looms closer as we near the descent to Waterfall Valley. Down through Fagus and Pandani groves and to our first overnight stop on the forested edge of the valley floor.

Day Two
Distance: 8 km
Estimated Time: 2.5 – 3 hours + optional side tracks

Today we start with a short diversion to take in the waterfalls in the valley before we head off across ridges and undulating button grass plains that will be with us for the rest of the day. This is shorter (walking) day, a more leisurely ramble in which we shake out the strains of the first day and take our time over lunch in a sheltered setting near the main track. Given good weather, we can take a detour here to the shores of Lake Will at the southern base of Barn Bluff. The (relatively) warm shallows of the lake provide a great place for a swim in fine summer weather. In the afternoon we cross further open country with expansive views of mountain ranges to come. Mid afternoon usually has us descending to our campsite among the Eucalypts near Lake Windermere (another welcome swimming opportunity on warmer afternoons). There are often a range of resident Wombats, Wallabies and other wildlife to be seen around the lake and campsite.

 

Day Three
Distance: 16 km
Estimated Time: 5.5 – 6 hours

Out on to open plains again crossing creeks and tracts of temperate forest, we’ll catch glimpses of the day’s journey ahead, the Forth River valley and the mountains surrounding the valley and over to Pelion Plains opposite. We make our way across Buttongrass moors and around Mt Pelion West as the track heads down through the forests on the mountainside. We will normally stop for lunch at ‘Frog Flats’ near the headwaters of the Forth River. From here (the lowest point on the track), we have an hour or two further; back up again, and across the plains to our Pelion campsite near Douglas Creek.

*Winter Tours (7 day itinerary)

We will normally plan our extra overnight stay at this campsite (Pelion). If we haven’t been delayed to this point (by snowfall) the Pelion area is a great base from which to explore nearby points of interest such as Mt Oakleigh or historic sites of the Pelion area. It is also just a good spot to rest and take in the surroundings before our journey continues. If adverse weather is forecast (for the following day), we can take the opportunity to attempt a climb to Mt Ossa on this additional day or use it at some other point of the walk if snow is forecast.

Day Four
Distance: 9 km
Estimated Time: 3 hours + optional side tracks

This day often includes the option to summit Mt Ossa, at 1617m, the ‘top of Tasmania’. After climbing to the side track turnoff, at ‘Pelion Pass’, we drop packs and head off on the 3-4 hour (return) journey. Others in the group not climbing usually spend the morning at Pelion Hut /surrounds before setting off later to rejoin the summit group for the further hour and a half walking down to Kia Ora Creek and our campsite.

Day Five
Distance: 10 km
Estimated Time: 3 – 4 hours + optional side tracks

Today, in contrast to previous days, we enter a world of rainforests and waterfalls. An hour or so after setting out we emerge from the forest briefly at historic Ducane Hut under the impressive spires of Falling Mountain. After a break at the hut we step back into the rainforest and travel parallel to the Mersey River, for a further hour or so where we drop packs to visit some of the most impressive waterfalls in the state. After lunch, from here to Windy Ridge campsite, involves a climb through ‘Ducane Gap’ and takes a further hour and a half- two hours. Not far, and on nice afternoons we can take our time enjoying the falls.

Day Six
Distance: 9 km
Estimated Time: 3 hours

You will have noticed another change in the terrain the previous afternoon. From Windy Ridge down onto Lake St. Clair the country is drier with more eucalypts, wattles, banksia and hakea, and a plethora of understory flowering plants, often with a corresponding increase in birdlife. We catch views of the spires of Mt. Geryon, The Acropolis and back to The Ducane Range, usually reaching the lake around 11am and the end of the walk, on the jetty . From here a ferry takes us to Cynthia Bay. Before our return journey, we’ll pick up lunch from ‘The Hungry Wombat’ (cafe) or at the resort by the lake (cost included). The rest of the afternoon involves a 2.5/3 hour trip crossing Tasmania’s Central Plateau, past The Great Lake and down,  to Launceston via Longford. Generally we arrive back in Launceston around 4.30pm Devonport by 6pm.

Pine Valley Extension (to Overland Track tour itinerary)
Additional Time: +Two Days

We include a visit to Pine Valley, heading in to a base at Pine Valley Hut only takes a few hours from the main (overland) track and is well worth the effort. The valley floor is dominated by giant, ancient, stands of native Pine, Sassafras and Myrtle. mature rainforest, and the side trips from the valley up onto the plateau of The Labyrinth or towards the summit of The Acropolis are a highlight. With the weather on our side we may get the chance to do one or both of these side-trips over the following two days.