By providing comfortable accommodation, a supportive team and some creature comforts, our guests will be able to enjoy and share in some of Tasmania’s most spectacular wild places.
Cradle Mountain Huts Overland Track Walk
We are in the unique position of having the only private hut accommodation along the Overland Track. This presents a fabulous opportunity for us to guide small groups through this extraordinary environment whilst providing additional support and comfort.
In 1985, the Tasmanian Government called for expressions of interest for a commercial operator to develop an “accommodation based” guided walk along the Overland Track, in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Cradle Mountain Huts Pty Ltd was offered the unique privilege to undertake this project and, in 1987, constructed four private huts, subject to stringent environmental guidelines. These huts formed the basis of the 6-day guided walk, which has now been operating successfully for over 20 years.
In the late 1980s, the only precedent for this sort of commercial, nature-based operation was in New Zealand. Cradle Mountain Huts was keen to see an operation of the highest standard established in the magnificent Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area, one of the last few remaining temperate wilderness areas in the world.
A major impetus behind the development of Cradle Mountain Huts’ 6-day guided walk was a desire to provide “equity of access” to this magnificent region of Tasmania. This style of operation was a way to allow nature lovers of all ages, with varying levels of bush walking experience, to explore the wonders of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, while enjoying the added comfort of a warm hut and a delicious meal each night. For those people who are inexperienced walkers, may not be keen to carry heavy packs, or simply want to indulge in a few extra comforts, this is an ideal way to walk the Overland Track.
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. Environmental constraints greatly influenced the style of the huts. The original four huts, designed by architect and previous company director Ken Latona, were built over a ten week period in late 1987. Because of the helicopter-only access, they had to be lightweight, straightforward and inexpensive, with minimal impact on the landscape. Prior to the start of the 1997-98 season, a fifth hut was added to complement the existing operation. The huts are fully appointed with hot showers, twin share accommodation (with thick foam mattresses, pillows and sleeping bags provided) and a large kitchen/living area heated with gas.
The provisioning of these huts ready for each operating season is a unique procedure, once again due to their remote location. Twice each season, supplies of food, wine and gas cylinders are flown in by helicopter over a two day period, while all recycling and waste matter is flown out.
We take sustainable travel seriously and strive to incorporate sustainable travel practices into all aspects of our business.
We follow best practice track guidelines on our walks. We follow designated trails and remove all waste from our huts and recycle wherever possible. We ensure our guidelines are up-to-date by working closely with the Tasmanian National Parks and Wildlife Service.
When it comes to best environmental practice, we are seen as leaders within our industry. We continually monitor current best practice to ensure we are keeping up to date.
We encourage our guests to become engaged with the natural surroundings. This leads to a strong sense of ownership and custodianship of our wild places.
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Partnerships & Accreditation
Cradle Mountain Huts Walk & the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk are both proud members of the Great Walks of Tasmania and, more recently, the Great Walks of Australia. These two groups represent a number of the best walking experiences in Australia. For more information on either group, please click links below.
We are also very proud to have achieved eco certification for our walks through Ecotourism Australia - Advanced Ecotourism accreditation.
We were thrilled to take out three gold in the 2015 Tasmanian Tourism Awards in the Ecotourism, Adventure Tourism and QANTAS award for Excellence in Sustainability. We work really hard to continually improve our walking products and our focus on environmentally friendly and ethical travel. To be recognised as leaders within Tasmania’s fabulous tourism industry is incredibly exciting.
Over the years we have also won a number of other awards - most recently:
In 2013 the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk recieved a Highly Commended in the Green Lifestyle Awards.
In 2012 the Cradle Mountain Huts Walk won the Gourmet Travellers Travel Awards - Best Adventure Tourism category. This is the second year in a row we have won this award.
Cradle Mountain Huts Walk also received a High Commendation in the 2012 Tasmanian Tourism Awards in the Adventure Tourism category.
The Bay of Fires Lodge Walk won the 2012 Tasmanian Tourism Award in the Health & Wellbeing category. We also received a high commendation in the Ecotourism category.
We are incredibly proud of the awards we have won throughout our 25 years of operation.