Tasmania small group walking tour, The Overland Track

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From: AUD2195

6 day expedition
(NZD2590 - USD1790 - CAD2290 - EUR1600 - GBP1350)


  • Walk Australia's internationally famous Overland Track
  • Explore deep forests, sub-alpine plateaus and spectacular highland landscapes
  • End each day at scenic campsites in the remote wilderness
  • Summit iconic Cradle Mountain and Tasmania's highest peak, Mt Ossa
  • Enjoy close encounters with the wildlife and amazing endemic wildflowers
  • Travel with the most experienced operator on Tasmania's iconic trail
  • Enjoy delicious 3 course meals prepared by your guides in the evenings


Grading:Moderate

2 professional wilderness guides5 nights camping5 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 5 dinners
Food drop provisions along the trackTransport by private minibusLake St. Clair ferry passage
National Park feesOverland Track PermitTent, backpack and gaiters
Sleeping bag, inner sheet & inflatable sleeping matGroup camping equipment including all cooking & eating equipmentEmergency communications & group first aid kit

Launceston, Tasmania
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The Overland Track holds a legendary status as one of the finest walks in Australia.
Winding your way along a graded trail through the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, with each step you will be surrounded by breathtaking views, from the stunning crags of Cradle Mountain to the rainforest-clad shores of Lake St. Clair. Your journey will lead to new discoveries of some of mother nature's finest creations including waterfalls, dolerite mountains, lakes, tarns and diverse ecosystems. The itinerary is ideal for walkers looking to make the most out of their time in the area by emphasizing the many highlights and exciting side trips all along the trail.
This full pack trek is suitable for first time bushwalkers as the inclusion of 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 thanks to their local knowledge and enthusiasm for the Tasmanian wilderness.



Itinerary


Day 1:Launceston to Cradle Mountain National Park, walk Dove Lake to Waterfall Valley
We will pick you up from Launceston hotels between 7.00 - 7.30am. We drive 2.5 hours to Waldheim where our Overland Track trek begins. We spend the morning walking up to the top of the Cradle Plateau where we are rewarded with views of Dove Lake below. After enjoying lunch we may opt for a side trip, weather and time permitting, to the craggy summit of Cradle Mountain before making our way to Waterfall Valley for our first night under the stars.
Walking Distance: 10Km + side trips
Walking Time: 5 Hours + side trips

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 and maybe go for a refreshing swim in the lake.
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 marvelous views of fluted Mount Oakleigh. We have the option of a short side trip to Old Pelion Hut to gain a deeper understanding of the parks historic uses. Our main food drop is hidden not far from here and your guides will make time to collect supplies.
Walking Distance: 17Km
Walking Time: 7 Hours

Day 4: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 5:Kia Ora to Windy Ridge
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 Fergusson Falls, named after a former ranger at Lake St. Clair followed by Dalton Falls. The third of these enchanting falls
is the spectacular Hartnett Falls, named after the eccentric Irish 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 6: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 mixed eucalyptus and stands of temperate rainforest forest toward the shores of Lake St Clair. As we near the lake we can gaze up to the peaks of Mt Ida and 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 traveled past.
After some time to inspect the visitor center and a brief lunch interlude we board the bus for our return drive across the Central Plateau to Launceston. You will be dropped off at your accommodation in Launceston at approx 5pm.
Walking Distance: 9Km
Walking Time: 3 Hours