From the foothills below Cradle Mountain in Tasmania’s central north west, The Overland Track heads roughly 65kms south to the northern shores of Lake St. Clair (Leeawuleena). 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 eucalypt woodlands. With a chance to climb lofty peaks off the main route, including Tasmania’s highest (Mt Ossa), visit pristine lakes and awesome waterfalls, and looking back from the ferry ride along beautiful Leeawuleena, it is easy to see what draws people from around the world to experience this incredible journey.

While there are some longer days walking, rougher track sections, challenging climbs and weather, this is graded an easy/moderate on- track walk suitable in any season for adventurous and relatively fit and healthy first timers, involving, on average, 4/5 hrs walking each day. Optional side-walks from the main track are included on several days, for more of a challenge. Extra days to explore Pine Valley are a rewarding option, as is the ultimate challenge, a mid-winter tour!

 

Overland-Track-Map

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(Overland Track Overview courtesy of Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service)

Overland Track Guided Tours

These are our regular Overland Track tour options and represent the optimal itineraries, drawn from the (thirty year) experiences, on this track, of our operations management. That said, they are optomised for mixed group/minimal time necessity and so we can include single travelers and smaller groups within tour numbers. We can be more flexible with tour conditions, to suit larger groups.

  • Generally our summer Overland Track tours pick you up around Launceston early morning, outfit with gear, travel and start walking on The Overland Track that same day.
  • Alternatively, through the ‘shoulder’ season and winter, with shorter daylight hours we prefer to include accommodation at Cradle Mt. ie. pick you up later in the day and travel/add a first night accommodation with your guides and group (meals catered). This less rushed itinerary allows time to outfit gear and pack, and start waking a few hours earlier, the following morning.
  • We can offer either option over summer for groups, or as a choice for those first booking a tour in any given week. The price listed for any advertised departure date (see ‘Availability’ above) reflects the option already chosen or determined for that particular tour.

The Overland Experience (October to May)

 

  • Six days walking, Five nights camping
  • Grade: Easy / Moderate track (can be challenging in colder or wet weather).
  • Average pack weight carried is around 10kg! (this tour includes provision of all necessary hiking equipment).
  • Departures available to start most weekends over summer.
  • Small Groups, maximum of 11 on this track.
  • Includes all local permits/passes, local travel, experienced local tour leaders/guides, all meals carried / catered from lunch day one to lunch on the final day.

Option One:

  • Pickup Launceston 7am | Returns Launceston/Devonport late afternoon on the final day.

$2125 per person*

Or Option Two:

  • Including cabin accommodation at Cradle Mt night prior  and meals / outfitting/ earlier walking start.
  • Pickup Launceston (city/airport) from 2.00pm / Returns Launceston/Devonport late afternoon on the final day.

$2350 per person*

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

Discounts | Grade –  Easy/Moderate | Payments & Refunds

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The Overland Winter Challenge (July & August)

  • Snowshoe/Trek
  • First night cabin accommodation at Cradle Mountain
  • Six days walking, Five nights camping,
  • Departures available on demand.
  • Pickup Launceston (city/airport) 2.30pm, returns to Launceston late afternoon on the final day.
  • Average Pack Weight 11-12kg (All necessary hiking and snow equipment included)
  • Small Groups, 4-11 plus guides
  • Includes all local permits, and local travel, experienced local tour leaders/guide staff, all meals carried / catered from dinner on the first night to lunch on the last day.

$2475/ per person*

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

Discounts | Grade –  Moderate/Challenging | Payments & Refunds

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Pine Valley (Extension to Overland Track)

  • Additional to the above Overland Track options.
  • Two days walking, two nights camping.
  • On demand (three person minimum pricing) $575/ per person*

The Overland Self-Guided (November to April)

  • Flexible duration (6-8 days)/ flexible pickup times.
  • Transport from Launceston to Cradle Mt.Visitor Centre, time to stop for provisions enroute.
  • Ferry Fees on Lake St Clair and return transport from Lake St Clair to Launceston.
  • Includes advice on specific preparation, food choice/ menu planning.
  • Full Equipment Hire: Including comprehensive hiking/camping gear listed on on the equipment link (above), cooking equipment//gas and emergency kit/beacon) & experienced outfitting
  • Average Pack Weight 17-18kg
    Self-Guided’ Tour Page

*For the self-guided option you will also need to purchase the Overland Track Pass and National Park Pass for your preferred departure date (once confirming your departure with us). You can search for available dates on the park service web page here:
Overland Track Booking Server
Note: The Overland Track Pass/Booking is only available from July 1st each year, for the following summer season.

$795/ per person**

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

 

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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 you up from around Launceston city and airport from 2.30pm for equipment outfitting and transport to Cradle Mt. accommodation that evening
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Without that accommodation, we pick up around Launceston from 7am for transport to the trail head to start walking, outfitting with equipment en-route.

 

 

On the Track – Walking days

Day One
Distance: 11 km
Estimated Time: 4 – 5 hours walking + optional side tracks

Following breakfast (or travel/outfitting), time to pack and for a group briefing, you’ll set off for the 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 open buttongrass with occasional forested groves. Once on the plateau you will be surrounded, in good weather, by grand views of near and 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 great setting for a longer break, perhaps lunch if the timing is right. Weather and day-length permitting, for those in your 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 to Benson’s Peak 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: 9 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: 17 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.

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. Here your driver will have a fresh lunch ready. 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
Day Eight/Nine

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 King Billy Pine, mixed Sassafras and Myrtle. Exploring this 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 you may get the chance to do one or both of these classic side-trips over the following two days.