Overland Track winter walking tours, Tasmania

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From: AUD2395

7 day expedition
(NZD2790 - USD1959 - CAD2490 - EUR1720 - GBP1460)


  • Walk and snowshoe on Australia's internationally famous Overland Track
  • Explore deep forests, sub-alpine plateaus, high peaks and spectacular highland landscapes
  • End each day at scenic campsites with delicious meals prepared by your guides
  • Enjoy close encounters with the local wildlife and amazing endemic wildflowers


Grading:Moderate

2 professional wilderness guides6 nights camping6 breakfasts, 7 lunches & 6 dinners
Transport by private minibusLake St. Clair ferry passageNational Park fees
Overland Track PermitWaterproof jacket, overpants & gaitersTent, backpack, sleeping bag, inner sheet & inflatable sleeping mat
Group camping equipment including all cooking & eating equipmentEmergency communications & group first aid kit

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During winter the high peaks along the Overland Track receive a generous dusting of snow, turning the Cradle Mountain National Park into a winter wonderland. Walking the Overland Track during winter is a very different experience to summer and offers a more serene and tranquil environment. The trail is much quieter, the lakes are frozen and the snow ensures the surrounding landscapes provide unique photographic opportunities. Fit and hardy walkers who are prepared to camp during winter and carry a full pack will truly enjoy this unforgettable winter trek along the graded trail through the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Our winter itinerary is designed to allow you to fully appreciate the parks many highlights along the track and also includes a few side trips along the way. Food drops and modern lightweight equipment will keep your backpacks as light as possible while your experienced guides will help bring the track to life and teach first time snowshoers the finer points of this popular style of alpine travel.



Itinerary


Day 1:Launceston to Cradle Mountain National Park
Today we begin our journey to Cradle Mountain with hotel pickups in Launceston between 6.30 - 7.00am. The drive will take approximately 3 hours including a mid journey leg stretch in Sheffield – Tassie’s town of murals.
At Cradle Mountain we will begin our trek into the alpine area, climbing up to Marion's Lookout and following the Overland Track to Waterfall Valley. We will pass below the summit of Cradle Mountain along the way however we do not intend to attempt to climb this summit as expected winter conditions are too icy.
Walking Distance: 10km
Walking Time: 5 hrs

Day 2:Waterfall Valley to Lake Windermere
Today we continue south from Waterfall Valley to Lake Windermere. A leisurely day that offers time for a side trip past the diggings of Joseph Will a coal prospector in the 1800’s to Innes Falls. At Lake Will we will have the opportunity for a relaxing lunch on its sandy shores. Returning to our packs we head back across the rolling button grass plains towards our campsite at Lake Windermere. We spend the afternoon relaxing, taking in the fabulous views.
Walking Distance: 8Km
Walking Time: 3 Hours

Day 3:Lake Windermere to Pelion Plains
Today is a wild day of moorlands and mountain views. Our morning takes us across Pine Forest Moor offering spectacular views across the Forth River Valley to the heights of Mount Oakleigh and to today’s destination, Pelion Plains, at its base. We descend around Mount Pelion West to a popular lunch spot at Frog Flats. Our afternoon takes us up onto Pelion Plains with marvellous views of fluted Mount Oakleigh and some of the biggest wombats our guides have seen in the park!!!
Walking Distance: 17Km
Walking Time: 7 Hours

Day 4:Contingency Day
We will allow a full day in the itinerary as a contingency to be used in case of bad weather.
We recommend bringing a pack of cards or a good book as a necessary aspect of winter adventure is often sitting out the worst of the weather and enjoying some warmth and conversation in one of the huts.
If we dont need to use the contingency day to avoid the weather we can always use the day to enjoy some of the extraordinary side trips along the Overland Track

Day 5:Pelion Plains to Kia Ora
From camp we continue walking south and the view opens up to reveal Cathedral Mountain and Pelion East on our left, followed by Mount Ossa on our right. We rest at the saddle (1113 meters) between Mount Pelion East and Mount Ossa.
In fine weather, climbing Mount Ossa (1617m), Tasmania’s highest peak is without a doubt one of the highlights of the Overland Track. With magnificent views in all directions we continue south into beautiful Pinestone Valley.
Walking Distance: 9Km + side trips
Walking Time: 5 Hours + side trips

Day 6:Kia Ora to Bert Nichols Hut
Today we walk through towering rainforests of Leatherwood and Sassafras trees, heading towards three of Tasmania’s largest and most spectacular waterfalls. The first we visit is Ferguson Falls, named after a former ranger at Lake St. Clair followed by D'Alton Falls. The third of these large falls is Hartnett Falls, named after the eccentric bushman with the bowler hat Paddy Hartnett.
We make camp in the afternoon at Windy Ridge.
Walking Distance: 10Km + side trips
Walking Time: 4 Hours + side trips

Day 7:Windy Ridge to Lake St Clair and return to Launceston
Today we pack our backpacks for the final day on the track, which takes us through dry sclerophyll forest toward the shores of Lake St Clair. As we near the lake we can gaze up to the peaks of the Labyrinth and look forward to majestic Mount Olympus. We then catch a 30 minute ferry across Lake St Clair, the deepest natural lake in the southern hemisphere, providing a spectacular conclusion to our Overland Track Trek as we look back upon the mountains we’ve travelled through.
After some time to inspect the visitor center and to enjoy a hot lunch we board the bus for our return drive across Tasmania’s Central Plateau to Launceston. You will be dropped off at your accommodation in Launceston at approx 5pm.
Walking Distance: 9Km
Walking Time: 3 Hours