Overland Track Visitor Guide - One Walk, Many Journeys (published by PWS) This popular guidebook contains daily walk notes, pictorial maps, notes on park history and geology, and commonly seen plants and animals. There are huts and campsites located at regular intervals on the Overland Track. This short 45-minute return walk takes you to the pencil pine shoreline of Lake Will and provides a great spot to stop for lunch. Pine Valley is technically not part of the Overland Track, but the beautiful setting and walking possibilities among the surrounding mountains demand inclusion in the itinerary if you have time. Celebrated as Tasmania’s premier wilderness walk, the world-famous Overland Track is a magnificent 65km alpine walk within the Wilderness World Heritage Area listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Leaving Pelion Gap, the trail descends to Kia Ora via a mix of duckboard, rocky and muddy track. Day 3 – Lake Windermere to Pelion 17km, 6 hours. Composting toilets are at end of boardwalk west of the hut. Yep happening up our way too. Transport to and from Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair visitor centres is available all year from Hobart, Launceston and Devonport, with more frequent services during summer. Along the track are a number of free open huts for use by anyone. Not good if you are light sleeper. Richardsons Beach, Honeymoon Bay and Ranger Creek camping, National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council, Conducting business in parks and reserves, Upgrading facilities on the Overland Track, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment. During the 5-7 days it takes to complete, walkers will experience dense rainforests, vast sclerophyll forests, beautiful waterfalls and epic mountain vistas, all while having the option to either camp or stay in huts. Traildino grading: MW, Moderate walk, backpacking trail; Hut tour grading: T1, Walk. Day 6 of Overland Track is a leisurely walk through heath and eucalypt forest to Pine Valley Hut. Hiking and wilderness lovers alike will enjoy the waterfalls, valleys, lakes, mountains and diverse ecosystems of the region. Alternatively, the 15km section of track around the lake to Cynthia Bay can be walked. 6 day guided Overland Track walk with private huts. Alternatively, an additional day can be spent navigating 15km along the shore of the lake. Also – there is a the social aspect that you get on the Overland Track. The trail is well constructed and easily followed, making the medium difficulty Overland Track a gr… ​​​​​​​​​​​​​During the construction of the Viewing Shelter from April 2020 to July 2021, private vehicles will not have access beyond the Ronny Creek car park at any time of day. The shuttle bus service will continue to operate throughout the construction period. Walking Map. From here, postcard-perfect scenes of the Cradle Mountain area are seen with Fagus laden branches guiding your way along the track. Map for illustrative purposes only. Shortly after this change of scenery, the Narcissus River is crossed via a suspension bridge. Location; History; Geology; Plants and animals; Planning Your Trip. On Day 4 of Overland Track, the trail goes steadily uphill through the ancient thick forest with slippery, wet loose rocks and tree roots before reaching the spacious New Pelion Hut and its panoramic veranda, a perfect place for lunch. The Overland Track is one of Australia’s most iconic multi-day hikes, stretching 65km from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair. The track surface and gradient is variable, including boardwalk, rocks, gravel, tree roots and mud, with occasional steep ascents and descents. Before you pack, check, clean, disinfect or dry all clothing and equipment. To get an idea of what the hike is like, read my section-by-section overview of the Overland Track. The walking grade here is difficult and care must be taken to follow the correct path. Children, older people and those with an illness or disability are at the greatest risk in such conditions. The guide also includes essential practical information about booking onto the track and arranging permits, as well as comprehensive notes about the facilities available at each of the Overland huts. Winner of Australian Tourism Award. It includes all the campgrounds, huts and points of interest on the main track. Base map supplied by Land Information System Tasmania. Although we crossed many forests during the last few days, the lush, humid forest leading to the Pine Valley Hut was special, the most beautiful on the whole Overland Track. The Overland Track is a 65-80km multi-day trek over Tasmania’s high mountain plateau. The Overland Track from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair is a true wilderness walk which travels through spectacular dolerite mountains, near beautiful waterfalls, through a variety of fascinating ecosystems and close to Tasmania's highest mountain, before finishing at Australia's deepest lake, Lake St Clair. The 2-hour return walk offers views across to Mt Ossa and along the Pelion Range. The Overland Track is one of Australia’s most iconic multi-day hikes, stretching 65km from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair. Day 2 – Waterfall Valley to Lake Windermere 8km, 3 hours. If you intend to sleep in the huts, you must still carry a tent. The Overland Track booking season is from 1 October and 31 May (inclusive) Between 1 June and 30 September you do not need to book your walk departure date, or pay the Overland Track fee. As you climb, views across the Wilderness World Heritage Area remind you just how special this amazing place is. We depart Kia Ora hut and walk about an hour to Du Cane, where a 1910-built hut remains from the long-gone days of animal trapping. This map highlights the walking tracks and features tourist information along with general topographic detail . The trail also includes a ferry trip across Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest Lake to finish the experience. Pine Valley itself is also spectacularly impressive with ancient rainforests drenched in lush moss and ferns. Huts along the trail are equipped with heaters, toilets and rainwater tanks. … The Overland Track huts were constructed at different times and for different visitor numbers. In 2018 the State Government made an election commitment over three years to build new . During the Booking Season , hikers must pay the Overland Track fee-$200 for adults and $160 for children/concessions. Alternatively, an additional day can be spent navigating 15km along the shore of the lake. Leaving Bert Nichols Hut and Windy Ridge, this final leg of the Overland Track is the easiest with no significant climbing to be done. Day 1: Waldheim to Barn Bluff Hut. Private tour groups will often book entire sessions during summer. For other accommodation options in the Cradle Mountain area​, see Discover Tasmania website.​, Overland Track AdministratorPhone: 03 6165 4254Email: overlandtrack@parks.tas.gov.au. From there, the track ascends to Pelion Gap before descending to Kia Ora Hut. COVID-19 : Check the safety page for important COVID-19 Safety Information on personal measures to take, registration, bookings and walker numbers that affect this park location.​​ ​ This six day hut-based walk is a fabulous way to experience the iconic Overland Track within Tasmania's World Heritage Area. Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair Map and Notes , 1:100,00 scale map (published by TASMAP). Bert Nichols Hut sleeps 24 / Multiple tent sites, Day 6 – Windy Ridge to Lake St Clair via ferry 10km, 3 hours. The Overland Track is a one-way hike between Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair. Many walkers find it more relaxing to spend the night before they start the track at one of the accommodation venues in Cradle Mountain. This short 1km return walk takes you to the remains of the original Pelion Hut. The Overland Track is an Australian bushwalking track, traversing Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.It's walked by more than nine thousand people each year, with numbers limited in the warmer months. R: One of the countless small waterfalls alongside the track. Overland Track Itinerary Day 1 – Overland Track hiking to Barn Bluff Hut The Overland Track huts provide cosy shelter for trekkers on the five-night trek. Once on top of the highest peak in Tasmania, 360 degrees are offered with nothing but the weather in your way. 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