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Overland Track Tours

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 and challenging climbs this is graded an easy/moderate on- track walk suitable in any season for adventurous and relatively fit and healthy first timers.

 

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

Our Overland Track Guided Tours

We offer several options on The Overland Track. These represent the optimal itineraries, drawn from several decades experience on this track. That said, they are optomised for mixed group/so we can include single travelers and smaller groups within tour numbers. We can be more flexible with tour conditions to suit larger groups.

  • All Overland Track tours pick-up around Launceston in the afternoon for transport to cabin accommodation at Cradle Mt. with rooms assigned to your party or three-share for singles. The guides will run through gear outfitting and a preliminary briefing, supplying gear so you can organise your packing in the comfort of your room. While you do so, they’ll organise the evening meal for your group. This, less rushed, time-line allows a chance to unwind after travel, ensure you have everything needed and to pack, and start waking a few hours earlier, the following morning.
  • The Overland Experience is our traditional six-day tour taking in all the common side-walks to points of interest. It’s an itinerary that allows those with a range of abilities to either complete the main track or to add in extra components (for the more energetic) with a side-walk most days.
  • The Overland Express (new for 2019/20) includes the main track with a shortened itinerary, combining the first and last two walking days of the longer itinerary into single days and skipping two campsites and catching a late ferry on Lake St. Clair on the final afternoon. We don’t climb Cradle Mt or visit the Mersey waterfalls but do slow down for the highlight, Mt. Ossa, side trip (weather dependent and optional), or a chance for a short walking day and a rest otherwise. This tour isn’t a lot more difficult than the six-day itinerary but we suggest you need to be sure you can extend yourself, particularly on that last day. We expect this will be a challenge on some level for all but still suitable for first timers with average or above levels of fitness. The main determinant is that you shouldn’t consider this tour if you are unsure with the management of any relevant/existing injuries or if you expect to struggle with the distance.
  • The Winter Challenge follows the traditional (Overland Experience) itinerary but centered on the mid-winter months. Packs are a little heavier and the cold or wet days can make for a challenge. You don’t need any special skill greater than in mid-summer other than some added resilience to conditions that will be (generally) wetter and or colder.
  • Pine Valley takes a two day side-trip diversion from the last leg of The Overland Track. It’s a special place of ancient rainforest surrounded by lake strewn plateaus and dramatic peaks. We spend a couple of nights at a base camp in the valley and explore from there.

The Overland Experience (October to May)

 

  • First night in cabins | Six days walking | Five nights camping
  • Grade: Easy / Moderate track (can be challenging in colder or wet weather).
  • 10kg average pack weight carried.
  • Departures available to start most weekends over summer: see ‘availability’ or our calendar  (button) for pre-planned dates
  • Pickup Launceston 2.00pm(city/airport) 2.30pm, returns to Launceston late afternoon on the final day.
  • Small Groups, maximum of 10 on this track.
  • Includes all necessary equipment as an option, local permits/passes, local travel, experienced local tour leaders/guides, all meals carried / catered from lunch day one to lunch on the final day.

$2250 per person*

*Three person minimum pricing for a new booking (You can start a new booking pending others joining or we can usually add you to other groups if you are solo or don’t have three)

Discounts | Grade –  Easy/Moderate | Payments & Refunds

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The Overland Express (November to April)

 

  • First night in cabins | Four days walking | Three nights camping
  • Grade: Moderate  (can be challenging in colder or wet weather).
  • Average pack weight carried can be under 10kg!
  • Departures available to start most weeks over summer: see ‘availability’ or our calendar  (button) for pre-planned dates
  • Pickup Launceston 2.00pm (city/airport) 2.30pm, returns to Launceston early evening on the final day.
  • Small Groups, maximum of 10 on this track.
  • Includes all necessary equipment as an option, permits/passes, associated travel, experienced local tour leaders/guides, all meals carried / catered from Dinner on Day 1 to Lunch on the final day.

$1825 per person*

*Three person minimum pricing for a new booking (You can start a new booking pending others joining or we can usually add you to other groups if you are solo or don’t have three)

Discounts | Grade –  Moderate | Payments & Refunds

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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 2.00pm (city/airport) 2.30pm, returns to Launceston late afternoon on the final day.
  • Average Pack Weight 11-12kg
  • Small Groups, 10 on this track.
  • Includes all necessary equipment as an option, local permits/passes, local travel, experienced local tour leaders/guides, all meals carried / catered from lunch day one to lunch on the final day.

$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/Challenging | Payments & Refunds

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Pine Valley (Extension to Overland Tours)

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

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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 en-route.
  • 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), as well as cooking equipment//gas and emergency kit/beacon & experienced outfitting
  • Average Pack Weight 17-18kg
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*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:
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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).

Please Enquire for Available Self-Guided Departure Dates (not all on our calendar)

 

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Our Overland Guided Walks (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 Launceston city then the airport from 2.30pm for equipment outfitting and transport to Cradle Mt. accommodation** that evening. Travel takes around 21/2hrs and the briefing and equipment outfitting takes an hour or so. Guides will prepare a hearty meal along with a sample of local wines. You’ll have the evening to choose and pack equipment and a chance to be fully rested for the big day ahead. Accommodation is reserved for each booking party within a tour group and up to 3 share for any singles (with nominal same-gender rooms).

**When available, we can usually arrange your choice of alternative accommodation at Cradle Mt. on request**

On the Track – Walking days

The following is the traditional itinerary for The Overland Experience and Winter Challenge tours. Our express tour combines Days One/Two and Five/Six of this itinerary (the second and third day between Windermere and Kia Ora are the same.

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

Following breakfast, time to complete packing and for the day’s 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 and alpine heath 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.