The Overland Track, TAS

 Australia

Experience Australia’s premier alpine walk, the Overland Track in Cradle Valley, Tasmania.

Trip duration:
6 days

Challenge duration:
6 days

Challenge grade:
3/5

Departure months:
October to May

Accommodation:
Private huts, twin-share with shared bathrooms

Hiking the Overland Track

Beginning at the iconic Cradle Mountain and ending at Lake St Clair, Australia's deepest lake, this 65 kilometre long six-day trek takes you to the heart of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

Experience breathtaking landscapes of glacially carved valleys, ancient rainforests, fragrant eucalypt forests and beautiful alpine meadows. Your journey will be physically demanding, but well worth the effort.

And after a long day of trekking, you’ll retreat each evening to the only private accommodation along the trail, where a hot shower, delicious meal and a glass of Tasmanian wine awaits you.

Mystic and surreal landscape with morning fog in the mountains on way to the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania, Australia.
Overland Track Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake

Why you'll love this adventure

  • Trek through the heart of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
  • Experience the vast landscape of glacially carved valleys, ancient rainforests, eucalyptus forests and stunning alpine meadows
  • Relax each evening in a warm, private hut with freshly cooked meals
  • Raise vital funds for your chosen cause and make friends with like-minded people when you travel for good

 

Trip notes

Day 1: Depart Launceston, Cradle Valley to Barn Bluff Hut

*Please arrive the evening prior to be ready for an early morning start on Day 1. 

Our adventure begins with an early start. You will need to be at Entally Lodge (a 15 minute drive from Launceston CBD) at 6:40am. For those staying in Launceston CBD, a complimentary shuttle is available for departure at 6:25am.  Once we’ve arrived in Cradle Mountain National Park, it is time to set out. We begin at Waldheim in Cradle Valley, venturing through ancient temperate rainforest, passing the dramatic glacially-carved Crater Lake. We climb the steepest section of the Overland Track today, fuelled by a hearty lunch. Reaching Marion’s Lookout (1,250m) takes about an hour. The reward, if weather permits, is staggering views of Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake, making every uphill step worth it. We continue around the base of Cradle Mountain before dropping into Waterfall Valley where our private hut awaits us beneath towering Barn Bluff. Now having conquered the deepest part of your journey, it’s a welcome retreat. 

Transfer Time: 3 hours

Trekking Distance: 12km

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Barn Bluff Hut to Pine Forest Moor Hut

Today we’ll be walking across plains where glaciers once rested. Although an undulating trek, there are no significant climbs today. Rising from the moors, the peaks of Cradle Mountain and Barn Bluff are behind us. Look ahead, and the stately Mt Pelion West comes into view. Those looking for an additional challenge today can take a side trip to the striking Lake Will. This evening, at Pine Forest Moor Hut, enjoy the outdoor dining setting with views out to Mt Oakleigh in fine weather.

Trekking Distance: 12km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Pine Forest Moor Hut to Pelion Hut

This morning we venture through gorgeous myrtle-beech rainforest as we descend around the base of Mt Pelion West, down to the Foth River before it plunges into Lemonthyme Valley. We’ll take a break at the Overland Track’s lowest point, Frog Flats beside the Forth River. From here, it’s a gentle ascent back out of the valley. We leave thick Eucalypt forest behind as the trees part to reveal Pelion Plains, as uninterrupted views of Mt Oakleigh’s dolerite spires come into play. The Pelion Plains area offers a host of side trips; there are excellent swimming holes, peaceful nooks to rest and abandoned copper mines to explore. Come nightfall, we’ll be nestled amongst dry sclerophyll forest at Pelion Hut,

Trekking Distance: 10km + optional 8km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Pelion Hut to Kia Ora Hut

Today begins with a climb of almost 300m to Pelion Gap through beautiful rainforest. Pelion Gap is a plateau stretching between Mt Pelion East and Mt Ossa, affording fantastic views to the north and to the south. There’s plenty of times for side trips from Pelion Gap, including the option to summit Tasmania’s highest peak Mt Ossa (1,617m). From Pelion Gap, it’s a further two hours of gentle downhill to the hut. Once we arrive at Kia Ora Hut, enjoy spectacular views out to Cathedral Mountain.

Trekking Distance: 7km + optional 5km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Kia Ora Hut to Windy Ridge Hut

Day five is all about icy-flowing waterfalls. We depart Kia Ora hut and walk about an hour to Du Cane, where a 1910-built hut remains from the long-gone days of animal trapping. Du Cane Hut is a fine spot to rest, surrounded by native gardens and overlooked by the spectacular Du Cane Range. From here, we wander through some of the oldest forests in the national park, with King Billy pines as much as 2,000 years old. We are now above the Mersey River, which descends deeply northward towards Bass Strait. There are three major waterfalls in the area. We aim to visit one or more of these, choosing the best to have lunch beside, depending on conditions. During the afternoon we make our way to Du Cane Gap, then descending beside the spectacular Falling Mountain to Windy Ridge Hut. Tonight we celebrate our last evening on the track.

Trekking Distance: 9km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Windy Ridge Hut to Lake St Clair & return to Launceston

Our destination today is Australia’s deepest natural lake- Lake St Clair. Birdsong helps us along this final day as we walk mainly through flowering dry sclerophyll forests. We arrive at Narcissus at the northern end of Lake St Clair in time for lunch, before boarding the Lake St Clair cruise boat for a spectacular 17km cruise back to Cynthia Bay. From here, we return to Launceston. Enjoy the views from your window of the highland lakes, the broad plains of the Northern Midlands and the rural townships of Cressy and Longford. We’ll arrive back at Entally Lodge at 6:00pm, with airport drop offs at 6:15pm and Launceston CBD drop offs at 6:30pm.

Trekking Distance: 9km

Transfer Time: 3 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 1: Depart Launceston, Cradle Valley to Barn Bluff Hut

*Please arrive the evening prior to be ready for an early morning start on Day 1. 

Day 1: Depart Launceston, Cradle Valley to Barn Bluff Hut

Our adventure begins with an early start. You will need to be at Entally Lodge (a 15 minute drive from Launceston CBD) at 6:40am. For those staying in Launceston CBD, a complimentary shuttle is available for departure at 6:25am.  Once we’ve arrived in Cradle Mountain National Park, it is time to set out. We begin at Waldheim in Cradle Valley, venturing through ancient temperate rainforest, passing the dramatic glacially-carved Crater Lake. We climb the steepest section of the Overland Track today, fuelled by a hearty lunch. Reaching Marion’s Lookout (1,250m) takes about an hour. The reward, if weather permits, is staggering views of Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake, making every uphill step worth it. We continue around the base of Cradle Mountain before dropping into Waterfall Valley where our private hut awaits us beneath towering Barn Bluff. Now having conquered the deepest part of your journey, it’s a welcome retreat. 

Transfer Time: 3 hours

Trekking Distance: 12km

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Barn Bluff Hut to Pine Forest Moor Hut

Today we’ll be walking across plains where glaciers once rested. Although an undulating trek, there are no significant climbs today. Rising from the moors, the peaks of Cradle Mountain and Barn Bluff are behind us. Look ahead, and the stately Mt Pelion West comes into view. Those looking for an additional challenge today can take a side trip to the striking Lake Will. This evening, at Pine Forest Moor Hut, enjoy the outdoor dining setting with views out to Mt Oakleigh in fine weather.

Trekking Distance: 12km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Pine Forest Moor Hut to Pelion Hut

This morning we venture through gorgeous myrtle-beech rainforest as we descend around the base of Mt Pelion West, down to the Foth River before it plunges into Lemonthyme Valley. We’ll take a break at the Overland Track’s lowest point, Frog Flats beside the Forth River. From here, it’s a gentle ascent back out of the valley. We leave thick Eucalypt forest behind as the trees part to reveal Pelion Plains, as uninterrupted views of Mt Oakleigh’s dolerite spires come into play. The Pelion Plains area offers a host of side trips; there are excellent swimming holes, peaceful nooks to rest and abandoned copper mines to explore. Come nightfall, we’ll be nestled amongst dry sclerophyll forest at Pelion Hut,

Trekking Distance: 10km + optional 8km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Pelion Hut to Kia Ora Hut

Today begins with a climb of almost 300m to Pelion Gap through beautiful rainforest. Pelion Gap is a plateau stretching between Mt Pelion East and Mt Ossa, affording fantastic views to the north and to the south. There’s plenty of times for side trips from Pelion Gap, including the option to summit Tasmania’s highest peak Mt Ossa (1,617m). From Pelion Gap, it’s a further two hours of gentle downhill to the hut. Once we arrive at Kia Ora Hut, enjoy spectacular views out to Cathedral Mountain.

Trekking Distance: 7km + optional 5km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Kia Ora Hut to Windy Ridge Hut

Day five is all about icy-flowing waterfalls. We depart Kia Ora hut and walk about an hour to Du Cane, where a 1910-built hut remains from the long-gone days of animal trapping. Du Cane Hut is a fine spot to rest, surrounded by native gardens and overlooked by the spectacular Du Cane Range. From here, we wander through some of the oldest forests in the national park, with King Billy pines as much as 2,000 years old. We are now above the Mersey River, which descends deeply northward towards Bass Strait. There are three major waterfalls in the area. We aim to visit one or more of these, choosing the best to have lunch beside, depending on conditions. During the afternoon we make our way to Du Cane Gap, then descending beside the spectacular Falling Mountain to Windy Ridge Hut. Tonight we celebrate our last evening on the track.

Trekking Distance: 9km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Windy Ridge Hut to Lake St Clair & return to Launceston

Our destination today is Australia’s deepest natural lake- Lake St Clair. Birdsong helps us along this final day as we walk mainly through flowering dry sclerophyll forests. We arrive at Narcissus at the northern end of Lake St Clair in time for lunch, before boarding the Lake St Clair cruise boat for a spectacular 17km cruise back to Cynthia Bay. From here, we return to Launceston. Enjoy the views from your window of the highland lakes, the broad plains of the Northern Midlands and the rural townships of Cressy and Longford. We’ll arrive back at Entally Lodge at 6:00pm, with airport drop offs at 6:15pm and Launceston CBD drop offs at 6:30pm.

Trekking Distance: 9km

Transfer Time: 3 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Frequently asked questions

Can't find the answer to your question? Get in touch via email (info@inspiredadventure.com.au) or phone (1300 905 188). We’re always here to help!

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

Your adventure is ranked 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The Overland Track trek is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. It is essential that you prepare for this challenge. 

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people, but the maximum size for this itinerary is 12 participants. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84 take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure?

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 6-8 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like?

You will be staying in private hut accommodation along the track, staying at a different hut each night. Each hut is located just off the main trail, and has hot showers,a drying room and twin-share accommodation. Each hut has a communal lounge area and kitchen.

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

What to expect

What is the food like? 

Food is prepared daily by your guides. Breakfasts are continental style, with a range of hot options available. Lunch will be packed to carry with you on the trek. Dinner is an exciting, three-course occasion each night with food such as hearty minestrone soup, mushroom and pea risotto and freshly baked pie. 

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

We are able to accommodate guests’ specific dietary requirements and can always prepare a meal to meet individual needs.

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

You may not be able to use your phone at all times - but don't worry, it's all part of the experience! It is possible that during our trek you will have limited access at high points of the trail, and usually Telstra is best. Otherwise, enjoying switching off and getting back to nature.

Will I have access to electricity?

Yes, you will have access to power points at your accommodation.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

What weather can I expect?

The Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park has an average maximum of 18°C in summer and 7°C in winter. Evenings are colder, and it's not uncommon for temperatures to dip below zero overnight in winter. Please check local forecasts in the weeks leading up to your adventure for up-to-date weather information.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Return transfers between Launceston
  • Accommodation in private hut based on twin-share with shared bathrooms
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages, plus a limited selection of Tasmanian wines
  • Two qualified guides
  • National Park and Overland Track passes
  • Boat transfer across Lake St Clair
  • 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

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities

Are the travel costs subject to change?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a tailored fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with your travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow $30 per day to cover any meals not included in the trip costs, souvenirs and gifts, drinks, and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. It is possible to travel comfortably on a smaller budget, and you can always withdraw cash, when required, while travelling.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is not compulsory, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have travel insurance?

Travel insurance is highly recommended for domestic adventures to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

Your adventure is ranked 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The Overland Track trek is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. It is essential that you prepare for this challenge. 

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people, but the maximum size for this itinerary is 12 participants. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84 take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure?

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 6-8 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like?

You will be staying in private hut accommodation along the track, staying at a different hut each night. Each hut is located just off the main trail, and has hot showers,a drying room and twin-share accommodation. Each hut has a communal lounge area and kitchen.

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

What to expect

What is the food like? 

Food is prepared daily by your guides. Breakfasts are continental style, with a range of hot options available. Lunch will be packed to carry with you on the trek. Dinner is an exciting, three-course occasion each night with food such as hearty minestrone soup, mushroom and pea risotto and freshly baked pie. 

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

We are able to accommodate guests’ specific dietary requirements and can always prepare a meal to meet individual needs.

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

You may not be able to use your phone at all times - but don't worry, it's all part of the experience! It is possible that during our trek you will have limited access at high points of the trail, and usually Telstra is best. Otherwise, enjoying switching off and getting back to nature.

Will I have access to electricity?

Yes, you will have access to power points at your accommodation.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

What weather can I expect?

The Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park has an average maximum of 18°C in summer and 7°C in winter. Evenings are colder, and it's not uncommon for temperatures to dip below zero overnight in winter. Please check local forecasts in the weeks leading up to your adventure for up-to-date weather information.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Return transfers between Launceston
  • Accommodation in private hut based on twin-share with shared bathrooms
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages, plus a limited selection of Tasmanian wines
  • Two qualified guides
  • National Park and Overland Track passes
  • Boat transfer across Lake St Clair
  • 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

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities

Are the travel costs subject to change?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a tailored fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with your travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow $30 per day to cover any meals not included in the trip costs, souvenirs and gifts, drinks, and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. It is possible to travel comfortably on a smaller budget, and you can always withdraw cash, when required, while travelling.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is not compulsory, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have travel insurance?

Travel insurance is highly recommended for domestic adventures to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.

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Responsible Travel

Caring for our adventurers, the communities we visit and the wellbeing of the planet is the heart of everything we do. This adventure is no exception.
Meaningful connections: Hear from Aranda Elders who will tell us about the history of the area.
Environment: We offset the emissions from this trip through carbon credit programs in partnership with Carbon Neutral. 
Treading lightly: Trekking is a great, low-impact way to explore.
Small group travel: Our teams consist of a maximum of 25 people. Better for you, and better for the planet.
Responsible business: We’re a certified B-Corp, committed to using business as a force for good

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Safe travel and flexible bookings

Keeping you safe: We’ve developed a stringent COVID-10 Pandemic Safety Management Plan in cooperation with government guidelines, tourism boards and the advice of medical experts to minimise the risks associated with travel as best as possible.

Flexible bookings: If COVID-19 travel bans mean your Inspired Adventure cannot go ahead as scheduled, we will endeavour to reschedule the departure to a later date or you will receive a travel credit.

To learn more about our COVID-19 policy, you can see a full list of FAQs here

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