Trip Essentials

If you are unsure about anything in the lead up to your walk please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our office or send us an email.

Frequently asked questions

Relaxing on the helipad at Barn Bluff Hut after the first days walk.Following are a few frequently asked questions about the Cradle Mountain Huts Overland Track Walk you may find useful.

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How often do trips depart?

The 6-day trip departs daily and the 4-day trips depart on selected dates from 1 October through to 1 May.

Walk accommodation

Our groups have exclusive use of the only private hut accommodation along the Overland Track.  Each hut has been discreetly located off the main trail and offers a hot shower, drying room and a dining and lounge area.  The huts have 5 twin rooms with comfortable beds.

Breakfast in Barn Buff HutEnjoy a hot shower after a days walk

How many guests?

Each trip requires a minimum of four and a maximum of ten guests on each departure. All accommodation is twin share.

If the group is full, sharing is with another guest who may be male or female.

How fit do I need to be

As long as you exercise regularly and are capable of walking 10km for six days over varied terrain, you’ll be fine! Obviously there are steep sections; however, this is part of the whole experience. Each day there is plenty of time to sit and rest as well as exploring, so you won’t feel rushed.  

If you are joining an "adventure" departure a higher level of fitness is required as there will be additional mountain climbs and side trips on most days.

If you have any concerns about fitness please call and speak to one of our staff members. 

How much weight do we carry?

Before the trip, the guides will carry out a thorough check to ensure you have suitable gear. Usually packs weigh between 8.5 - 9.5 kgs but ultimately your pack and contents can weigh as little as 7.5kgs.

What do we carry?

Each person must carry their lunch, wet weather gear, spare clothes for the hut, thermals, and warm clothing, plus any extras such as a camera. For detail please refer to the gear checklist below. If  you are unable or would prefer not to carry your own backpack we may be able to provide a porter for an additional charge, please contact our office for details.

Backpack provided by usWalking boots with ankle support

What style of boots should we have?

You will need lace-up boots with good ankle support and a treaded sole. Boots must be worn in to minimise the risk of blisters. Walking shoes, sandshoes and similar are not acceptable.

Do we need travel insurance?

We strongly recommend travel insurance. Consideration needs to be given to our cancellation policy, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc.

How many guides?

Two guides accompany each trip. This allows plenty of time for photos, rest and walking at your own pace.

How about food?

The guides prepare scrumptious three-course meals each night. We are quite happy to cater for special dietary requirements, we just need to know in advance.

Antipasto platter and wine after a days walkFreshly prepared gourmet food on The Overland Track

For example, here is the dinner menu served at Kia Ora Hut on Day 4:

On arrival at hut:
Antipasto platter, including Ashgrove cloth matured cheddar, Lactos brie, Tasmanian pickled onions, pesto dip, dried apricots and cashews.


Hearty minestrone soup

Main course:
Forest mushroom and pea risotto with parmesan

Freshly baked cherry pie with cream

What time does the trip commence and conclude?

We ask you to be at our walker’s base at Quamby Estate by 7.20am at the latest. Given this, it makes an ideal place to stay before and after your walk. If you’re staying in Launceston there will be a shuttle bus departing Peppers Seaport Hotel at 6.45am sharp (for guests walking prior to the 2nd of May 2014) for guests walking with us from the 1st of October 2014 our complimentary shuttle will be departing from the Sebel in Launceston. This allows forty minutes for introductions and a gear check at Quamby before departing for the Cradle Mt -Lake St Clair National Park at 8.00am. At the conclusion of the walk, the group will arrive back at Quamby Estate at approximately 5.00pm. There will be a shuttle bus departing at 6.00pm which goes via the airport at approximately 6.30pm, arriving back at Peppers Seaport Hotel at about 6.45pm.

What accommodation options do we have pre-and post-walk?

Quamby Homestead 25 minutes west of Launceston is a great pre and post walk option, the Homestead is located on the same Estate as the walkers base so it is very convenient. To enquire about the special walker rate and check availability please call 03 6392 2135.

For those wishing to stay in Launceston (and walking with us prior to the 2nd of May 2014) our complimentary shuttle service departs from Peppers Seaport Hotel at 6.45am.  Peppers Seaport have a discounted rate available to our guests to access this discount you must call the hotel directly on  03 6345 3333 and advise you are walking with us at time of booking.

For those wishing to stay in Launceston (and walking with us as of the 1st of October 2014) our complimentary shuttle service departs from the Sebel Hotel  at 6.45am.  The Sebel  has a special rate for people walking with us.  Bookings can be made directly with the Sebel in Launceston emailing or  by phoning  1800 990 970.  Be sure to mention that you are walking with Cradle Mountain Huts and your departure date at time of booking to receive the discount.  Upon your return our shuttle can drop you at any hotel within the Launceston CBD.

There are  many other accommodation options in Launceston, if  you choose to stay somewhere other than the Sebel prior to your walk please ensure you are ready for the pick up outside of the Sebel's reception at the designated time.


Please feel free to contact us if you require any further information.


Call: (03) 6392 2211


Gear checklist

BackpackThe items below will be packed into your 50 litre pack (provided) and carried by you. If followed correctly, the pack should weigh between 8.5 - 9.5kgs and could weigh as little as 7.5kgs.

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Essential Gear List

  • Lace-up walking boots must have ankle support and treaded soles. We can not over emphasise the importance of appropriate footwear. Walking shoes, sandshoes and similar are not acceptable and boots must be worn in - unfortunately you will be unable to commence the walk without the appropriate footwear.
  • Polar fleece jacket (preferred) or woollen jumper
  • Light jumper (warm)
  • Beanie or balaclava
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof over-pants - nylon, PVC or Gore-tex
  • Gaiters - long gaiters (just below the knee)
  • Shorts &/or light walking trousers
  • Thermal underwear - long-sleeved top and long johns.  Two sets preferred
  • Warm, long pants - evening hut wear
  • Shirts/t-shirts - 3 recommended
  • Socks - 3 pairs recommended
  • Underwear
  • Lightweight footwear - thongs/sports sandals for hut use
  • Sun hat & sunscreen
  • Travel towel or body chamois (light & quick to dry)
  • Water bottle - 2 litre capacity


Recommended Gear List

  • Walking poles
  • Camera & spare batteries if digital (there is one charging station in each hut which is compatible with a USB & cigerette lighter socket)
  • Light weight foldable day pack (should pack down to pocket size, available for purchase at our walking base)

Optional Gear List

  • Bathers
  • Small torch
  • Insect repellent (repellent and torches are provided in each hut)
  • Small mirror (especially if you wear contact lenses),

Tip: Layering of clothing has long been the basis for dressing in the outdoors and the gear list above follows this principle. When the temperature drops, we add another layer of insulation; if it rains, we add a rainshell on top and when it’s warm and dry, we strip off layer.

**Pocket day packs, maps and track notes are available for purchase on the first morning of your walk.



All Mountain Design outlets in Australia and New Zealand (excluding Devonport, Tasmania) offer our guests 30% off RRP on all Mountain Designs branded product and 25% off RRP on all other products (excluding electronic products).  You just need to show your booking confirmation at time of purchase.

Mountain Bike Tasmania hire gaiters, over-pants and walking poles. All must be pre-booked prior to arrival and you can email them at or phone on 0447 712 638

A backpack, Gore-tex jacket, sleeping sheet and pillowcase are provided for the duration of the walk. They will be available for pick up during your gear check on the morning of departure. Bio-degradable liquid soap is at each hut and is suitable as a shampoo as well (we would appreciate it if you used our soap as it is phosphorus free).

Your comfort and enjoyment is of paramount importance to us and keeping your pack weight to a minimum is our intention. Aim for one set of warm clothes for evening and another set to wear whilst walking. Thermals are necessary due to their lightweight, quick-drying and warm properties.

Please note that guides will do a thorough gear check prior to departure. If you are unsure about anything on the gear list, Please call us or talk to your local outdoor adventure store.

Any luggage not required on your walk can be stored at our office.