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 six day guided walk, which has now been operating successfully for over 20 years.
In the late 1980’s 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 Mt/Lake St Clair National Park, while enjoying the added comfort of a warm hut and delicious meal each night. For those people who are inexperienced walkers, who 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 practises, and the huts are designed to be ecologically sustainable. The style of the huts was greatly influenced by environmental constraints. 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, straight forward and inexpensive, with minimal impact on the landscape. Prior to the start of the 1997/8 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.