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Overland Track Self Guided

from $ 1059

Trek through Australia's Cradle Mountain-St Clair National Park at your own pace

Trip Dates

Trip Highlights

  • Discover Tasmania's stunning Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park on a self guided trek
  • Experience one of Australia's most iconic walks
  • Explore a variety of landscapes including high peaks, lush forests, sub-alpine plateaus and highlands
  • Take the hassle out of planning with high quality gear, lightweight food and transportation pre-arranged for you
  • Trip departs daily between 1 October and 30 May

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 - Trip begins Launceston, drive to Dove Lake, trek to Waterfall Valley Hut

Day 2 - Trek to Lake Windermere Hut

Day 3 - Trek to Pelion Plains

Day 4 - Trek to Mount Ossa and Kia Ora Hut

Day 5 - Trek to Windy Ridge Hut

Day 6 - Trek to Lake St. Clair, trip ends Launceston

Sweat Level

MODERATE TO HARDCORE

Fitness is an important aspect of our trips and the fitter you are the more easily you will adjust and enjoy yourself. The trip has been assigned a Sweat Level of ‘Moderate to Hardcore’. Trips with this grading include activities such as trekking with a full pack, cycling extended distances over multiple days or trekking at altitudes between 4000 and 5000m for up to seven hours a day. When a full pack is involved, it will weigh approximately 15 to 20kg. These trips require a strong level of fitness and health. In preparation of the trip, we recommend you engage in an hour of aerobic exercise three to four times a week, as well as extended walks with a pack on the weekends, for three months prior to departure. Training in variable weather is recommended.

When To Go

Tasmania is located between latitudes 40 and 43, with the island's temperature and weather moderated by the surrounding oceans. The cool, temperate climate offers four distinct seasons which can interchange on any given day of the year. Summer inland temperatures average 24°C during the day and a cool 8°C at night. Rainfall in Tasmania is far higher than any mainland counterpart and you should be prepared for this at any time. Tasmania's alpine regions can experience heavy rainfalls and temperatures below zero degrees in summer.

Trip Inclusions

  • 5 x breakfast, 6 x lunch, 5 x dinner (lightweight meals)
  • 5 nights camping accommodation on twin share basis
  • High quality gear including a backpack, tent, stove and cookset, fuel, sleeping bag, inner sheet and sleeping mat
  • Maps and emergency communcations (EPIRB)
  • Overland Track permit and National Park pass
  • Transfers from Launceston to Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair to Launceston
  • Ferry transfer across Lake St Clair
  • Professional pre trek briefing

Need help with flights?

Let one of our travel consultants know if you're interested in airfare or stopover ideas to Launceston and they'll send a detailed quote your way.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Drive to Dove Lake, trek to Waterfall Valley Hut

Early in the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel for the drive to Dove Lake to begin your self guided adventure on Tasmania's iconic Overland Track. Following an incline, today's walk takes you to the top of Cradle Plateau where you are rewarded with impressive views of Dove Lake below. If the weather allows, you can opt for a side trip, scrambling up the boulders to the craggy summit of Cradle Mountain before making your way to Waterfall Valley Hut for your first night.

Distance: 10km, approx. 5 hours + side trips

Meals: L, D

Day 2: Trek to Lake Windermere Hut

Continue south from Waterfall Valley to Lake Windermere. Today's walk is leisurely, allowing time for a side trip past the diggings of 1800s coal prospector Joseph Will. Lake Will is an excellent spot to enjoy lunch on its sandy shores before heading back across the rolling grass plains towards the hut at Lake Windermere.

Distance: 8km, approx. 3 hours

Meals: B, L, D

Day 3: Trek to Pelion Plains

Today's walk is wild and full of moorlands and mountain views. Crossing Pine Forest Moor offers spectactular views through the Forth River Valley to the heights of Mount Oakleigh and today's goal, Pelion Plains. Descend around Mount Pelion West to a popular lunch spot at Frog Flats before heading up onto Pelion Plains for the marvellous view of Mount Oakleigh and the stomping grounds of some of the biggest wombats our guides have seen in the park.

Distance: 17km, approx. 7 hours

Meals: B, L, D

Day 4: Trek to Mount Ossa and Kia Ora Hut

From the hut continue walking south where the view opens up to reveal Cathedral Mountain and Pelion East to the left, followed by Mount Ossa on the right. Rest at the saddle (1113m) between Mount Pelion East and Mount Ossa. If weather permits, climbing Mount Ossa (1617m), Tasmania's highest peak, is without a doubt one of the highlights of the Overland Track. Continue south into beautiful Pinestone Valley to Kia Ora Hut.

Distance: 9Km, approx. 5 hours + side trips

Meals: B, L, D

Day 5: Trek to Windy Ridge Hut

Walk through towering rainforests of Leatherwood and Sassafras trees, heading towards three of Tasmania's largest and most spectacular waterfalls - Ferguson Falls, Dalton Falls, and Hartnett Falls. In the afternoon, reach Windy Ridge Hut.

Distance: 10km, approx. 4 hours + side trips
Meals: B, L, D

Day 6: Trek to Lake St. Clair, return to Launceston

Today you'll pack your backpack for the final day on the track, taking you through dry sclerophyll forest toward the shores of Lake St Clair. As you near the lake you can gaze up to the peaks of the Labyrinth and on to majestic Mount Olympus. Catch a pre-arranged 30 minute ferry across Lake St Clair, the deepest natural lake in the southern hemisphere, to the visitor centre when you'll be picked up for the return drive to Launceston where the trip ends.

Distance: 9km, approx. 3 hours

Meals: B, L

Disclaimer

The itinerary should be seen as a guide only. This itinerary may change at any time due to inclement weather, forces of nature and other circumstances beyond our control. Prices are valid up to 30/5/2017. For trips departing after this date, the price will likely increase subject to local inflationary pressures on operational costs.

The Sweat Level

  • Moderate to Hardcore
Easy – these are pretty relaxed and are suitable for most fitness levels. Expect though to push a little outside of your comfort zone with the included activities, but they are not for lengthy durations.

Moderate - these will include cycling, walking, kayaking and other activities which will put a sweat on the brow. You should do some pre trip training like going to the gym, jogging, brisk walking or cycling at least 3 times weekly for months before you go to get your fitness level up.

Hardcore - these will include sustained walking or cycling over multiple days and that means you’ll need to get into a great fitness regime before your trip. The best preparation you can do is day walks or cycle trips one a fortnight that build your endurance fitness coupled with some hour long ‘cardio’ workouts up to 3 times a week, and continue this for 3 months before departure.

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