Your Overland Track itinerary

The huts have been strategically placed along the trail to ensure each days walk is manageable and enjoyable.  Our itinerary maximises opportunities for side trips including Mt Ossa (weather permitting), Lake Will and a number of lookouts and waterfalls.  Our aim is to provide some creature comforts and support so you can enjoy walking the Overland Track.

6 day Overland Track itinerary

Day 6 of The Overland TrackThe Cradle Mountain Huts six-day walk is a fabulous journey within Tasmania's World Heritage Area. Following the famous Overland Track, the walk extends from Cradle Valley to Lake St Clair through a variety of spectacular landscapes.

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Day One - Waldheim to Barn Bluff Hut (12km, 7 hours)

Cradle mountain looking from Marions LookoutWalking between Cradle Mountain & Barns Bluff

Cradle Mountain Huts guests meet at our walkers' base at Quamby Estate at 7.20am.  Launceston pick-up is 6.45am at Peppers Seaport Hotel for guests walking prior to the 2nd of May 2014 or the Sebel Hotel at 6.45am for guests walking from the 1st of October 2014.  After a gear check and introductions we journey to Waldheim in Cradle Valley. We then set off on the track by 11am. By lunchtime we have walked through our first section of ancient temperate rainforest, have witnessed the dramatic glacially-carved Crater Lake and the steepest section of the whole Overland Track is 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.

If the weather is fine, we stop for lunch by the peaceful Plateau Creek before continuing for about another 4 hours around the base of Cradle Mountain, out along the edge of a spectacular glacial cirque, then dropping into Waterfall Valley which we cross before arriving at our hut at the base of the towering Barn Bluff. Several hours of this day's walk is over an exposed alpine plateau which allows great views on a clear day, but in rough weather the wind howls over the land making for exciting and sometimes challenging walking conditions. View on Map

 

Day Two - Barn Bluff Hut to Pine Forest Moor Hut (12km, 6 hours)

A scenic break on the Overland Track

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. View on Map

 

Day Three - Pine Forest Moor Hut to Pelion Plains Hut (10km, 5 hrs)

Cradle WildernessExploring the Overland Track

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. There are many side trips in the Pelion Plains area with mountains all around, some excellent swimming holes, abandoned copper mines, or simply peaceful and humbling spots to rest quietly. View on Map

 

Day Four - Pelion Hut to Kia Ora Hut (7km, 3.5 hrs).
Optional 5 hrs to climb Mt Ossa

Enjoying the view from the summit of Mt Ossa

Begin today with a climb to Pelion Gap where there are great views both back to the north and forward to the south. Today we allow extra time for the side trips from Pelion Gap. It's a further few hours of gentle downhill from the gap to the hut, so a very relaxing day with the option to make it more challenging. View on Map

 

Day Five - Kia Ora Hut to Windy Ridge Hut (9km, 4 hrs)

One of the many waterfalls along the Overland TrackDay 5 of The Overland Track

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. A fine spot to rest in 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 old as 2000 years. Here we are above the Mersey River, which descends deeply northward towards Bass Strait. There are three major sets of waterfalls and we opt to visit one or more of these. We will probably take lunch down to enjoy beside one of the falls. During the afternoon, the group makes its way over Du Cane Gap then descends beside the spectacular Falling Mountain to Windy Ridge Hut. View on Map

 

Day Six - Windy Ridge Hut to Lake St Clair (9km, 3 hrs)

Walking through light forestSwimming in Lake St Clair

Lake St Clair is Australia's deepest natural lake, and as with most of this areas, 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 the spectacular 17km cruise back to Cynthia Bay. There is a visitor centre at Cynthia Bay, and we usually have about half an hour to look around. 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.  View on Map

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4 day itinerary - limited departures

Day 1 of The Overland TrackA four day fully guided walk starting at Waldheim in Cradle Valley, south along the Overland Track and then west along the Innes Track to Arm River near Lake Rowallan, all located within Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park and Tasmania's World Heritage Area.

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Day One - Waldheim to Barn Bluff Hut (12km, 7 hours)

Cradle mountain looking from Marions LookoutWalking between Cradle Mountain & Barns Bluff

Cradle Mountain Huts guests meet at our walkers' base at Quamby Estate at 7.20am.  Launceston pick-up is 6.45am at Peppers Seaport Hotel for guests walking prior to the 2nd of May 2014 or the Sebel Hotel at 6.45am for guests walking from the 1st of October 2014.  After a gear check and introductions we journey to Waldheim in Cradle Valley. We then set off on the track by 11am. By lunchtime we have walked through our first section of ancient temperate rainforest, have witnessed the dramatic glacially-carved Crater Lake and the steepest section of the whole Overland Track is 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 Lake Dove at its base - worth every step.

If the weather is fine, we stop for lunch by the peaceful Plateau Creek before continuing for about another 4 hours around the base of Cradle Mountain, out along the edge of a spectacular glacial cirque, then dropping into Waterfall Valley which we cross before arriving at our hut at the base of the towering Barn Bluff. Several hours of this day's walk is over an exposed alpine plateau which allows great views on a clear day, but in rough weather the wind howls over the land making for exciting, and sometimes challenging walking conditions. View on Map

 

Day Two - Barn Bluff Hut to Pine Forest Moor Hut (12km, 6 hours)

A scenic break on the Overland Track

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. View on Map

 

Day Three - Pine Forest Moor Hut to Pelion Plains Hut (10km, 5 hrs)

Cradle WildernessTh_Walking_Forest_090

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. There are many side trips in the Pelion Plains area with mountains all around, some excellent swimming holes, abandoned copper mines, or simply peaceful and humbling spots to rest quietly. View on Map

 

Day Four - Pelion Hut to Arm River Valley (14km, 6 hours)

The Arm River Track - Day 4

Today we head east, crossing Pelion Plains and following the southern shore of Lake Ayr, mainly wandering through open eucalypt forests and across buttongrass plains. We then follow a gradual incline along the Innes Track before having lunch near Wurragarra Creek. From this point the view is dominated by Mount Pillinger and the peaks along the Overland Track. After lunch we pass the still waters of Lake Price before the sharp descent into the Arm River valley to meet the bus. The return trip to Quamby Estate takes us through the Mole Creek Karst National Park and the arts and crafts town of Deloraine. View on Map

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