The Overland Track

The Overland Track is one of the Worlds Greatest Walks. It connects the iconic Cradle Mountain in the North of the National Park, to Lake St Clair in the South.The track is approximately 65 km long and your hike is over 5 nights / 6 days. This style of tour is camping in twin share 4 season tents, on our private platforms.

This hike is suitable for novice to experienced bush walkers, and to lighten your load our guests are not required to carry any of the group food, only your personal gear plus a share of a tent. Our itinerary is well researched and we give you the flexibility to either take it more leisurely and just stick to the main track, or do all of the side trips as well. Side trips include walks to the summits of Cradle Mountain, Barn Bluff and Mount Ossa.

Please take the time to read our itinerary and frequently asked questions below, which will help you prepare for your amazing adventure.

How To Book

To make a booking, click on the BOOK NOW button opposite, select your departure date from the calendar, fill out your details and submit.

Our booking platform is 100% secure and you can choose to pay for your tour in full when you book, or pay a deposit. Deposits are $400 per guest.

The balance of the tour is due 6 weeks prior to departure.


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Departure Dates

9 November 2020
30 November 2020
21 December 2020
11 January 2021
26 January 2021

Our Itinerary

Day 1: Ronny Creek to Waterfall Valley – 10km 4 – 5 Hours

After a picturesque drive from Launceston, your walk starts at Ronny Creek in Cradle Valley, then crosses a small button grass plain before rising up to the expansive views from Marion’s Lookout. Weather and time depending, we are one of the few companies that offer a summit walk up Cradle Mountain on Day 1. From Marion’s Lookout you’ll get commanding views of the iconic Cradle Mountain (1545m) and Dove Lake. The track passes Kitchen Hut then traverses around the shoulder of Cradle Mountain through magnificent stands of Tasmanian Snow Gums. The rocky ground that you are walking on, over 700 million years ago was shaped by glaciation. The vegetation that you will see here are alpine communities of herb fields, shrubs, scoparia and Deciduous Beech trees. Now, you are walking along what’s known as the Cradle Cirque. You’ll pass the turnoff to Barn Bluff (1559m) 7km to your south before you steadily descend into Waterfall Valley and our 1st nights camp.

Day 2: Waterfall Valley to Lake Windermere – 8km 3 – 4 Hours

Waterfall Valley sits below the dominant Barn Bluff. The mountains in this area are of fluted dolerite (columns formed by the rock cooling, hardening and shrinking) over millions of years.In the morning we will have the opportunity of climbing Barn Bluff [3 – 4hr return side trip] should conditions be favourable, then we will proceed to Lake Windermere in the afternoon.From Waterfall Valley and its amazing waterfalls the track today gently undulates across moorlands. You’ll see stands of Pencil Pines, Myrtles and Snow Gums. The moorlands are also home to many species of mammals namely wombats (whose cube shaped scats) you will commonly see on the track. You may also sometimes get a glimpse of a wombat, Tasmanian Devils and Echidnas.From the top of the Moorland, Lake Windermere can be viewed. The lakes dark colour, is caused by, oils and nutrients leaching from the button grass as tannin, and staining the water. We soon sidle around Lake Windermere to our camp, which is nestled in a light timbered forest of deciduous beech and tangle foot.

Day 3: Lake Windermere to Pelion Hut – 17km 6 – 7 Hours

In distance, this day is the longest of your walk. Firstly, you’ll walk through some lightly timbered forest then across some buttongrass moorlands to the Forth Gorge Lookout. At the lookout you’ll get views of mounts Oakleigh, Ossa, Pelion East and West and the Du Cane range in the distance.Small ascents and descents then lead you into the forest glade of Frog Flats. Frog Flats is a damp section of forest, home to beautifully coloured mosses and fungi. Climbing up through forest to Pelion Plains there is a short sidetrack to Old Pelion Hut (built in 1895 following the discovery of copper in the area). Cattle drovers and trappers followed the miners until the area was proclaimed a scenic reserve in 1922. From this point New Pelion Hut is soon reached. New Pelion Hut is the largest of the huts and it sits on the junction of the Overland and the Arm River Tracks.

Day 4: Pelion Hut to Kia Ora Hut – 9km 4 Hours

The day starts with a gradual climb up to Pelion Gap (1126m). To the east of the gap rises Mt Pelion East and to our west rises Tasmania’s highest peak, Mt Ossa (1617m). If the weather is kind you’ll have the option of climbing Mt Ossa or Mount Pelion East. Both summits have commanding views of the National Park and beyond and it is well worth the effort. [Allow 3 – 4 extra hours for these side trips]From Pelion Gap the track passes through the glaciated Pinestone Valley then onto Kia Ora Hut (New Zealand Maori word for welcome) nestled below the Du Cane Range and the dominant Cathedral Mountain.

Day 5: Kia Ora Hut to Windy Ridge – 10km 5 Hours

Myrtle – beech rainforest dominates this section as you pass by Du Cane Hut (Windsor Castle). This hut was built by trapper Paddy Hartnett around 1910 as a base for his trapping. The hut is constructed out of King Billy Pine, which you’ll see commonly growing in the area. Not far from Du Cane hut we will take a side trip to D’Alton, Fergusson and Hartnett Falls on the Mersey River. The falls are quite spectacular especially after recent rainfall.From the falls junction the track climbs steadily to Du Cane Gap (1070m). Mount Geryon and The Acropolis (1471m) on the Du Cane Range are the dominant Peaks that can be viewed from here. The track then descends through Eucalypt forest to Windy Ridge Hut (the newest hut) on the Overland Track.

Day 6: Windy Ridge to Narcissus Hut – 10km 4 Hours

The track descends down the valley to the Narcissus River through Eucalypt forest and stands of temperate rainforest. You will pass by the junction to Pine Valley, which leads walkers up to the base of the Du Cane Range and access to the Acropolis and the Labyrinth. Once you cross the suspension bridge over the Narcissus River you will shortly reach Lake St Clair and the end of your Overland Track walk, congratulations! Ferry transport then takes you across Lake St Clair to Cynthia Bay and our transport back to Launceston.

Frequently Asked Questions

What time and where do you pick up customers on day 1?

Guests will be collected @ 0700am from their accommodation provider on day 1. Please be ready outside your Hotel at this time.

What is the average weight of our packs? Do we carry any food?

Expect the weight of your pack to be 12kg – 15kg [this includes a share of a tent – total weight 2.8kg or 1.4kg halved]. Guests are NOT required to carry any food.

Is there a gear check before the trip?

Yes! A gear check will be conducted at Macpac, a local outdoor gear retailer in Launceston @ 3pm the day before the walk. Should you not be able to make that time due to flights or work, we can arrange to come to your hotel that evening to check your gear.

Can you cater for dietary requirements?

Yes, we can cater for most diets including, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Coeliac. Other diets, for example: Keto may attract a surcharge. Please contact us about your dietary needs.

Does Tasmanian Hikes hire out any gear for this trip?

Yes, we hire out Sleeping Bags – 1.157kg & Liners – 392 grams, Backpacks – 2.410kg, Sleeping Mats – 512 grams & Raincoats – 895 grams. These items can be selected on the booking form when you book.

What side trips do we do?

We do all of the side trips depending on group dynamics, weather and daylight hours. This includes: Cradle Mountain summit, Barn Bluff summit, Mt Ossa summit, Old Pelion Hut and all of the Waterfalls. Other options may include Mount Doris & Mountain Pelion East if the above is not accessable. We do not climb Mout Oakleigh.

Where do I store my excess luggage?

If your Hotel cannot store it for you, we can. We will bring your luggage to the end of the track.

What is included in the tour price?

Included in the tour price is: 2 x Mountain Guides, transfers to the start and from the finish of the tour back to your Hotel in Launceston, all food, emergency communication equipment and 1st aid kits, group gear [pots and pans, cutlery, bowls, stove fuel and stoves], ferry service at the end of the walk, National Park and Overland Track fees.

Is there phone reception on the track?

In some areas you can get reception but it is limited to the higher peaks [Mt Ossa, Cradle Mountain & Barn Bluff]

What time do we get back to Launceston?

Typically we arrive back in Launceston @ 6pm. We recommend that you do not book flights home on this evening as delays are possible.

Are there single person tents available?

Single tents are available only if there is an odd number of guests in the group or if we cannot match up genders. You may request a single tent but this may not be guaranteed or we may be limited to space on the platforms.

Is there a single supplement?

The price of the tour is the same per person, wether you book as a solo traveller or as a couple.