Best ever location for a photography workshop, smoothly run with flexibility and personal attention… – Annette F.
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Hike the Overland Track from end-to-end in 6 days with an accomplished professional photographer as your guide and photography tutor. Suitable for all levels of photographer, there’s no better place to hone your photography skills. This is a true hiking adventure. You’ll provide your own food and carry everything you need on your back, camping at designated campgrounds along the trail.
|Day One||The adventure starts. Our first day walking could be considered one of the hardest days of the trip where we leave the flat ground of Ronny Creek and head up to the Cradle Plateau passing glacial lakes and the sheer cliffs that surround them to a height of 1250m at Marion’s Lookout. Today we have full packs, tired legs and plenty of metres to climb. A few good rest stops along the day to take in the majestic views and breathe the fresh Tasmanian air will help us reach our first campsite at Waterfall Valley after covering 10.7km (4-6hrs), where a well-earned rest will be in order. Today has plenty of amazing photographing locations and finishes under the awesome sight of Barn Bluff. Today is a great example of what we are in for, for the remainder of the trip, changing weather, beautiful scenery, and fresh air and camping. Perfect!|
|Day Two||After yesterday’s tough start, today is a lot easier. A short, relatively flat 7.8km (2.5-3.5hrs) walk from Waterfall Valley to Lake Windermere allows a later start and the chance to capture more of the surrounding area with more time to discuss more photographic topics. Today we travel through Alpine gums and heathland on our way out of Waterfall Valley with great views of Barn Bluff along the way all whilst remaining above 1000m in elevation. If the weather permits, a welcoming/refreshing swim can be taken in Lake Windermere, a great way to recover the legs from our first two days of Tasmanian hiking.|
|Day Three||We leave the beautiful Lake Windermere en route to Pelion Camp. In distance this is the longest day on the trip, covering a distance of 16.8km (5-7hrs). Although long, this day is still fairly flat apart from the final climb up to Pelion Camp. Today has continuing views of valleys and mountain vistas as well as a short stop to view Forth Valley, a large glacial valley that runs all the way to Bass Strait. Some wonderful rainforest sections consisting of Myrtle-Beech trees open up to amazing views over the highest mountains in Tasmania. Pelion Camp is reached after this long day to welcoming views of Mt Oakleigh with Barn Bluff in the distance.|
|Day Four||Mountains! Mountains and more mountains! Today we climb up from Pelion Camp, over Pelion Gap, and down to Kia Ora. Today is an up and down day where we will finish at the same altitude that we started, but the middle section is awesome, with some of the best views in Australia await us at the top. A distance of 8.6km (3-4hrs) is completed on this day with a perfect rest spot at the Pelion Gap/Mt Ossa turn off. Mt. Ossa (1617m) is Tasmania’s tallest mountain and if weather permits our views will be unforgettable. After our break at Pelion Gap we head downhill to Kia Ora where more mountain vistas await us at camp Kia Ora. If the weather is warm enough, another secret waterfall swimming spot awaits you.|
|Day Five||Our last full day on the track, Kia Ora to Burt Nichols Camp is waterfall day. Three amazing waterfalls await us, nestled within ancient rainforests; these falls are running well through most of the year. D’Alton, Harnett and Ferguson Falls all deserve a visit. A distance of 9.6km (3.5-4.5hrs), but by this stage the backpack weight is second nature and the legs are strong. Still heading south towards Lake St Clair, today there are a few hills to conquer but nothing like Day 1. We head over the Du Cane Ranges and back down through more wet and very pretty rainforests. Our last night on the track is spent at Bert Nichols camp.|
|Day Six||You have all but made it. You have 9km (3-4hrs) of flat walking through dry forests to go down to Lake St Clair for our ferry to transport us back to civilisation. We will confirm the ferry times closer to the dates and should be back at the Lake St Clair Visitor Centre to sign ourselves off the track by lunchtime, where a well-earned counter meal and cold beverage awaits! From here the bus will transport us back to Hobart by late afternoon.|
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