Adventure Departures (limited availability)
Cradle Mountain Huts Overland Track with a twist (faster pace - more mountains)
Join one of these limited departures, aimed at attracting like-minded people who wish to increase their personal physical challenge on the Overland Track.
These trips have been designed for people who are of a fitness level that can undertake the extra challenges of mountain climbs and side trips. The pace along the trail will be increased in order to have time to incorporate additional side trips. If you are unsure about what level of fitness is required, please feel free to call our office to discuss.
Walk the Overland Track staying in the only private hut accommodation along the trail.
Enjoy hot showers, twin room accommodation, drying rooms for wet gear and three-course dinners served with a selection of Tasmania wine.
- Cradle Mountain Climb - Day 1 (additional 3 hours after lunch)
- Mt Oakleigh Climb - Day 3 (additional 5 hours, afternoon)
- Mt Ossa Climb - Day 4 (additional 5 hours, lunch on Mt Ossa)
- Waterfall visits - Day 5 (additional 2 hours, lunch at one of the falls)
*The availability of mountain climbs is subject to weather conditions.
Price: $3190 - $3570 pp (October 2014 - May 2015)
- Return transfers between Launceston and the walkers' base
- Accommodation each evening in one of our five private Cradle 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)
- 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
All accommodation is twin share. Single travellers may be required to share a twin room with another walker of any gender. 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.
Day One - Waldheim to Barn Bluff Hut (12km, 7 hours - additional 3 hours for Cradle Mountain climb)
Cradle Mountain Huts guests meet at our walkers' base at Quamby Estate between 7.15 and 7.20am. Launceston pick-up is 6.45am from The Sebel Launceston.
After a gear check and introductions, we journey to Waldheim in Cradle Valley. We then set off on the track at approximately 11am. By lunchtime, we have walked through our first section of ancient temperate rainforest and witnessed the dramatic glacially-carved Crater Lake. The steepest section of the whole Overland Track is now behind us. The steep section is mostly stepped and takes us about an hour. It gets us onto Marion's Lookout which, (hopefully) offers famous and spectacular views of Cradle Mountain with Dove Lake at its base - worth every step.
After lunch at either Plateau Creek or Kitchen Hut, we embark on the challenging climb of Cradle Mountain where, on clear days, the views are spectacular. After descending from Cradle Mountain, we will make our way to Barn Bluff Hut.
Day Two - Barn Bluff Hut to Pine Forest Moor Hut (12km, 6 hours)
The walking today is undulating with a few sections of exposed moorland. There are no large hills and the once notoriously muddy Pine Forest Moor is now a duckboard path over the mud! We also offer an additional side trip to Lake Will. We travel across plains where glaciers once sat and slowly moved, scouring out shallow tarns. Now there are plains of button grass with ancient pencil pines sitting with their roots in the water. Rising from the moors, the peaks of Cradle Mountain and Barn Bluff are behind us to the north, and the stately Mt Pelion West directly ahead.
Day Three - Pine Forest Moor Hut to Pelion Plains Hut (10km, 5 hrs - additional 5 hours for Mt Oakleigh climb)
Today, we begin with a long, slow descent around the base of Mt Pelion West, down to the Forth River before it plunges into the Lemonthyme Valley. After a break at Frog Flats, by the Forth River, we have a long, gentle ascent out of the valley onto the beautiful Pelion Plains, with outstanding views of Mt Oakleigh. The trail leading to Mt Oakleigh can be incredibly muddy at times, so be prepared. After a slow climb, you will be met with some of Tasmania's best vistas.
Day Four - Pelion Hut to Kia Ora Hut (7km, 3.5 hrs - additional 5 hours for Mt Ossa climb)
Today begins with a climb to Pelion Gap where there are great views both back to the north and forward to the south. We then start the ascent up Mt Ossa, Tasmania's highest peak (1617 metres). At the top, there is plenty of time to enjoy the spectacular views and enjoy a well earned lunch.
Day Five - Kia Ora Hut to Windy Ridge Hut (9km, 4 hrs - additional 2 hours for waterfall sidetrips)
This is a day of waterfalls and majestic forests. We depart Kia Ora hut and walk about an hour to Du Cane, where a hut remains from the long-gone days of animal trapping. Du Cane Hut is a fine spot to rest, with the native gardens planted by trapper Paddy Hartnett's wife, during her long stints in the bush with her husband. From there, 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 the Bass Strait. There are three major sets of waterfalls, and we aim to visit one or more of these. We will likely take lunch along with us to enjoy beside one of the falls. During the afternoon, we make our way over Du Cane Gap, then descend beside the spectacular Falling Mountain to Windy Ridge Hut.
Day Six - Windy Ridge Hut to Lake St Clair (9km, 3 hrs)
Lake St Clair is Australia's deepest natural lake and, as with most of this area, has been shaped by glaciers. The walk is mainly through cool temperate eucalypt forest, and birdsong is all around. 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. We usually have about half an hour to look around the visitors' centre at Cynthia Bay. The return trip to Quamby Estate is through the trout fishing mecca of the highland lakes, descending the rugged Western Tiers to the broad plains of the Northern Midlands, and passing through the rural townships of Cressy and Longford.