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The Overland Track – World Expeditions

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  • Hike the famous Overland Track, summiting Cradle Mountain and Mt Ossa.
  • Food drops organised for you, so you carry less.
  • Lots of optional side trips and time to relax.

The Overland Track was conducted in a very professional manner, using a winning formula. The organisation was superb, making for a hassle-free trip. – P. Downey

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THE DETAILS

$2,095 per person (no single surcharge)

The Overland Track holds a legendary status as one of the finest walks in Australia. See the stunning crags of Cradle Mountain and the rainforest-clad shores of Lake St. Clair. Your journey will lead to new discoveries and some of mother nature’s finest creations including waterfalls, dolerite mountains, lakes, tarns and diverse ecosystems. The itinerary is ideal for walkers looking to make the most out of their time in the area by appreciating the many highlights and exciting side trips you’ll undertake along the way. This full pack trek is suitable for first time bushwalkers as the inclusion of food drops and modern lightweight equipment will keep your backpacks as light as possible while your experienced guides will help bring the track to life thanks to their local knowledge and enthusiasm for the Tasmanian wilderness.

INCLUSIONS

  • Transfers from Launceston
  • Meals – 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Professional dedicated and friendly tour guides
  • National Park fees and Overland Track permits.
  • 5 nights camping – Tents, backpack, sleeping bag, inner sheet & inflatable sleeping mat provided
  • Group camping equipment
  • Emergency communications & group first aid kit
  • Food drop provisions
  • Lake St Clair Ferry passage
  • Maximum group size of 10
  • WHAT TO BRING

    • You will receive a detailed gear list for the trip upon booking.

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    • Walking time: 3 – 7 hours per day
    • Walking distance: 8 – 17 kilometres per day (with optional extras)
    • Difficulty: Medium. This tour is best suited for reasonably fit people and you will be required to carry a share of the food and equipment.
    • Child friendly: No.

    COMPULSORY BRIEFING

    The Overland Track Tour commences with a COMPULSORY pre-departure briefing at Tasmanian Expeditions Offices, 3/33 Churchill Park Drive, Invermay at 2pm on the day before departure. It is ESSENTIAL that you make your travel arrangements to enable you to attend this briefing and that you bring along all of the gear/clothing required for your expedition with you. The briefing will be approximately 2 hours in duration and will include the following:

    • An opportunity for you to meet your fellow group members over a complimentary hot beverage
    • An outline of the general itinerary/objectives of the tour
    • A cross-check of essential gear and clothing required
    • Distribution and packing of all hire gear included in the tour price and/or requested
    • Explanations of what is expected from the group and individual participants
    • Identification of inherent risks of the trip and outline emergency procedures
    • Explanation of Leave no Trace principles and overall conservation strategies
    • Forecast weather conditions
    • An opportunity to pack your backpack with everything required for the trip, leaving it behind, ready for the following days departure

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    • 4 days instead of 6
    • Only hike parts of the Overland Track, as well as some other short walks in the area
    • Cabin accommodation in Cradle Mountain Village (instead of camping on the trail)
    • Carry only a day pack instead of a full hiking pack
    • Less fitness required
    • Doesn’t require any pre-trip briefing
    Cradle Mountain: 4 day walking holiday – ParkTrek ($1,480)
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    • Carry only a day pack instead of a full hiking pack
    • Less fitness required
    • Doesn’t require any pre-trip briefing
    Tasmanian Wilderness Hiker – Auswalk ($3,195)
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    • See a range of Tasmania’s wilderness areas (not just the Overland Track)
    • Motel accommodation, including two nights at Cradle Mountain Lodge (instead of camping)
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    • Includes a finale dinner in Launceston
    • Includes transfers from Hobart or Launceston


ITINERARY

Day One Launceston to Cradle Mountain National Park, walk Dove Lake to Waterfall Valley
We will pick you up from Launceston hotels between 7.00 – 7.30am. We drive 2.5 hours to Dove Lake where our Overland Track Trek begins. We spend the morning walking up to the top of the Cradle Plateau where we are rewarded with views of Dove Lake below. After enjoying lunch, we may opt for a side trip, weather and time permitting, to the craggy summit of Cradle Mountain before making our way to Waterfall Valley for our first night under the stars. (Walking Distance: 10km + side trips / Walking Time: 5 Hours + side trips)
Day Two Waterfall Valley to Lake Windermere
Today we continue south from Waterfall Valley to Lake Windermere. A leisurely day that offers time for a side trip past the diggings of Joseph Will a coal prospector in the 1800’s to Innes Falls. At Lake Will we will have the opportunity for a relaxing lunch on its sandy shores. Returning to our packs we head back across the rolling button grass plains towards our campsite at Lake Windermere. We spend the afternoon relaxing, taking in the fabulous views and maybe go for a refreshing swim in the lake. (Walking Distance: 8km / Walking Time: 3 Hours)
Day Three Lake Windermere to Pelion Plains
Today is a wild day of moorlands and mountain views. Our morning takes us across Pine Forest Moor offering spectacular views across the Forth River Valley to the heights of Mount Oakleigh and to today’s destination, Pelion Plains, at its base. We descend around Mount Pelion West to a popular lunch spot at Frog Flats. Our afternoon takes us up onto Pelion Plains with marvellous views of fluted Mount Oakleigh and some of the biggest wombats our guides have seen in the park!!! Our main food drop is hidden not far from here and your guides will make time to collect supplies. (Walking Distance: 17km / Walking Time: 7 Hours)
Day Four Pelion Plains to Kia Ora
From camp we continue walking south and the view opens up to reveal Cathedral Mountain and Pelion East on our left, followed by Mount Ossa on our right. We rest at the saddle (1113 meters) between Mount Pelion East and Mount Ossa. In fine weather, climbing Mount Ossa (1617m), Tasmania’s highest peak is without a doubt one of the highlights of the Overland Track. With magnificent views in all directions we continue south into beautiful Pinestone Valley. (Walking Distance: 9km + side trips / Walking Time: 5 Hours + side trips)
Day Five Kia Ora to Windy Ridge
Today we walk through towering rainforests of Leatherwood and Sassafras trees, heading towards three of Tasmania’s largest and most spectacular waterfalls. The first we visit is Fergusson Falls, named after a former ranger at Lake St. Clair followed by Dalton Falls. The third of these enchanting falls is the spectacular Hartnett Falls, named after the eccentric bushman with the bowler hat Paddy Hartnett. We make camp in the afternoon at Windy Ridge. (Walking Distance: 10km + side trips / Walking Time: 4 Hours + side trips)
Day Six Windy Ridge to Lake St Clair and return to Launceston
Today we pack our backpacks for the final day on the track, which takes us through dry sclerophyll forest toward the shores of Lake St Clair. As we near the lake we can gaze up to the peaks of the Labyrinth and look forward to majestic Mount Olympus. We then catch a 30 minute ferry across Lake St Clair, the deepest natural lake in the southern hemisphere, providing a spectacular conclusion to our Overland Track Trek as we look back upon the mountains we’ve travelled through. After some time to inspect the visitor center and a brief lunch interlude we board the bus for our return drive across the Central Plateau to Launceston. You will be dropped off at your accommodation in Launceston at approx 5pm. (Walking Distance: 9km / Walking Time: 3 Hours)

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