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6-day Cradle Mountain Overland Track Guided Walk (Launceston return)

An iconic experience!

Tasmania’s Overland Track is famous the world over and our signature trip is the way to experience it in classic style. Across six days, the most popular Overland experience completes the full journey from World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair.

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DURATION
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5 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
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  • local_activityAll inclusive
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About this holiday

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Take in the stunning views of Cradle Mountain National Park

This fully guided walk begins at Waldheim in Cradle Valley and journeys some 65km through to Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest natural lake.

This signature adventure does not include multiple side trips, but there is the opportunity on Day 4 to summit Mount Ossa.

Inclusions

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  • Return transfers between Launceston and the walk base
  • Accommodation each evening in one of our five private huts - twin share
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages, plus a limited selection of Tasmanian wines
  • National Park and Overland Track passes
  • Boat transfer across Lake St Clair (on Day 6 of the six day walk only)
  • Use of a backpack and Gore-tex jacket for the duration of the walk
  • Sleeping bags, pillows and a comfortable mattress at each hut
  • Sleeping sheet and pillowcase to carry with you
  • Two qualified guides for the duration of the walk

Not Included:

  • Pre-tour accommodation

Accommodation

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Stay overnight in the only private hut accommodation along the Overland Track

Operating and owning the only private hut accommodation along the Overland Track is a great privilege, and the company takes their responsibility toward the National Park and the natural environment very seriously. Operating in such a delicate environment, Cradle Mountain Huts places a great deal of importance on minimal impact track and hut practices and the huts are designed to be ecologically sustainable.

Each hut is architecturally designed to maximize cross flow ventilation and operate with maximum efficiency with renewable energy. Our private Cradle Mountain Huts are maintained by us to ensure your comfort.

There will be afternoon tea, as well as some time to relax and enjoy your surroundings before dinner is served. In the evening, you are free to relax or take an early night and feel refreshed and revived in the morning.

There are games and a number of books in each hut, which can be enjoyed in the lounge area or, in warm weather, out on the deck or helipad.

The remote location of the huts demands that they are autonomous in terms of servicing. Rainwater is channelled off the roofs into tanks and the huts incorporate self-composting, water-free batching toilets.Phosphorous-free soap is provided for all guests and all waste water is separated through grease traps and sand filters. The residue is regularly removed from each site, along with all other rubbish. Gas and solar are the only sources of power, used for lighting, heating and cooking.

Provisioning of these huts is a unique procedure, once again due to their remote location. Only twice each season, supplies of food, wine and gas cylinders are flown in by helicopter over a two-day period, while all garbage and waste matter is flown out. Nothing is left within the National Park.

Travel dates

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Departs daily from 6:45am from the Sebel Launceston OR 7:20am at the walker base at Quamby Homestead.

All prices are quoted per person twin share and are on a seasonal basis.

Signature Overland Track (6 days):

  • 01 Dec 2020-31 Mar 2021 - from $3995 per person twin share
  • 01 Apr-31 May 2021 - from $3695 per person twin share
  • 01-31 Oct 2021 - from $4695 per person twin share
  • 01 Nov 2021-30 Apr 2022 - from $3995 per person twin share
  • 01-31 May 2022 - from $3695 per person twin share

Adventure Overland Track (6 days)

  • 01 Dec 2020-31 Mar 2021 - from $4395 per person twin share
  • 01 Nov 2021-31 Mar 2022 - from $4395 per person twin share

Winter Overland Track (8 days):

  • 01 Jun-31 Aug 2021- from $4395 per person twin share

Call our local travel team on 1300 414 198 to book your guided walking holiday!

Itinerary

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The following itinerary is based on the Signature Overland Track guided walk.

Day 1: Waldheim to Barn Bluff Hut (approx 7 hours walking)

On the summit of Cradle Mountain in 1910, Austrian-born Gustav Weindorfer proclaimed, “This must be a national park for the people for all time.” It’s fitting our journey begins at Waldheim in Cradle Valley, where Weindorfer’s story is told. We set off on the track, venturing through ancient temperate rainforest, passing the dramatic glacially-carved Crater Lake.

We climb the steepest section of the whole Overland Track today fuelled by a hearty lunch. Reaching Marion’s Lookout (1250m) takes about an hour, with steps leading through steeper sections. The reward, providing weather conditions allow, is staggering views of Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake. Every uphill step is worth it.

We continue around the base of Cradle Mountain along the edge of a spectacular glacial cirque before dropping into Waterfall Valley. Our private hut awaits, beneath towering Barn Bluff, having completed the steepest part of your journey (excluding side trips). It’s a welcome retreat after several hours walking over exposed alpine plateau where some days the wind howls – a reminder of nature’s power.

Day 2: Barn Bluff Hut to Pine Forest Moor Hut (approx 6 hours walking)

Today we’ll be walking across plains where glaciers once rested, slowly moving and scouring out shallow tarns. Although an undulating trek with a few sections of exposed moorland, there are no significant climbs today.

We take our time venturing across vast button grass plains where ancient pencil pines fringe alpine tarns. Rising from the moors, the peaks of Cradle Mountain and Barn Bluff are behind us. Look ahead, and the stately Mt Pelion West comes into view.

Those looking for additional challenge today can take a side trip to Lake Will. Hugged by pencil pines and with its narrow quartzite sand rim, Lake Will is striking. Keep an eye out for gravel mounds along the way, remnants of Joseph Will’s coal mining efforts in the 1890s.

This evening, at Pine Forest Moor Hut, enjoy our outdoor dining setting with views out to Mt. Oakleigh in fine weather.

Day 3: Pine Forest Moor Hut to Pelion Hut (approx 5 hours walking)

This morning we venture through gorgeous myrtle-beech rainforest as we descend around the base of Mt Pelion West, down to the Forth River before it plunges into Lemonthyme Valley. We’ll take a break at Frog Flats beside the Forth River, which happens to be the Overland Track’s lowest point.

From here, it’s a gentle ascent back out of the valley. We leave thick Eucalypt forest behind as the trees part to reveal Pelion Plains. Uninterrupted views of Mt Oakleigh’s dolerite spires now come into play.

The Pelion Plains area offers a host of side trips, hugged by mountainous terrain. There are excellent swimming holes, peaceful nooks to rest and abandoned copper mines to explore. Come nightfall, we’ll be nestled amongst dry sclerophyll forest at Pelion Hut.

Day 4: Pelion Hut to Kia Ora Hut (approx 4-9 hours walking with optional 5 hour side trip to Mt Ossa)

Today begins with a climb of almost 300m to Pelion Gap through beautiful rainforest. Pelion Gap is a plateau stretching between Mt Pelion East and Mt Ossa, affording fantastic views to the south as well as back to the north.

There’s plenty of time for side trips from Pelion Gap including the option to summit Mt Ossa. At 1617m, it is Tasmania’s highest peak. There are other less challenging climbs, including Mt Doris.

From Pelion Gap it's a further two hours of gentle downhill to the hut. Today, choose to keep things relaxed or challenge yourself to stand atop the island’s highest point. Once we arrive at Kia Ora Hut, enjoy a Tasmanian drop with spectacular views out to Cathedral Mountain.

Day 5: Kia Ora Hut to Windy Ridge Hut (approx 4 hours walking)

Day five is about icy-flowing waterfalls. 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. Du Cane Hut is a fine spot to rest, surounded by native gardens and overlooked by the spectacular Du Cane Range.

From here, we wander through some of the oldest forest in the National Park, with King Billy pines as much as 2000 years old. Now, we are above the Mersey River, which descends deeply northward towards Bass Strait, spilling down cliff faces.

There are three major sets of waterfalls in the area. We aim to visit one or more of these, choosing the best to have lunch beside depending on conditions. During the afternoon, we make our way over Du Cane Gap, then descend beside the spectacular Falling Mountain to Windy Ridge Hut. Tonight is a celebratory one, our last evening on the track.

Day 6: Windy Ridge Hut to Lake St Clair (approx 3 hours walking)

Our destination today is Australia’s deepest natural lake – Lake St Clair – shaped by glaciations over two million years. Birdsong helps us along this final day as we walk mainly through flowering dry sclerophyll forests.

We arrive at Narcissus at the northern end of Lake St Clair in time for lunch, before boarding the Idaclair cruise boat for a spectacular 17km cruise back to Cynthia Bay. There’s typically around half an hour to look around the Visitor Centre here.

The return trip to Entally Lodge is through the trout fishing mecca of the highland lakes, descending the rugged Western Tiers. We’ll cross the broad plains of the Northern Midlands, passing through the rural townships of Cressy and Longford.

Questions

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GRADE: Moderate

FITNESS LEVEL:

  • Very Active - suits any active & healthy person who exercises regularly and enjoys some hilly ascents
  • Pack weight - 7-10kg

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • Guests 69 years and over and all guests with a pre-existing medical condition will require a doctor's certificate

DEPARTS:

  • Daily from 6:45am from the Sebel Launceston OR 7:20am at the walker base at Quamby Homestead

PASSENGER NUMBERS:

  • Minimum passengers to guarantee departure - 4
  • Maximum passengers - 12

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:

  • All accommodation is twin share.
  • Single travellers may be required to share a twin room with another walker of the same gender if the departure fills to capacity. To guarantee a single room for the duration of the walk, a supplementary price of 75% of full fee will apply. This needs to be requested at the time of booking.
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Fine print

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Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply. Please note cancellation penalties apply.