The Overland Track
We last hiked Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park in 2007. 🙂
The best & most famous walk in Australia.
Why we love it:
- Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, a World Heritage Site
- Tasmania is 40%+ protected wilderness
- easy-moderate hiking, if the weather cooperates
- quota system keeps the Track from getting overrun: 50-60 hikers / day (about 34 independent, 26 guided)
- ever-changing landscape, rainforest and alpine
- Mt Ossa, Tasmania’s tallest mountain
- boat trip on Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest lake
- good sidetrips, weather permitting
- seeing the beech trees turn golden end of April / early May
- taking photos of The Acropolis and The Labyrinth
- you can choose whether to tent or sleep in huts, each night, space permitting.
- some hikers do this walk with no tent — we do not recommend it. If there is no space in the hut, or for some reason you are forced to camp away from a hut, a light tent can save you.
- Tasmania is latitude 40° S, directly in the path of the “Roaring Forties” winds. Hikers have turned back due to wind.
- plenty of snow falls on the highlands during the winter
- waterproof everything
- hypothermia is a real danger
- no fires allowed
- bring a stove as none of the huts have them
- hang your food safely or animals may chew holes in your tent
- currawongs and ravens can open zips, clips and Velcro
Details on our Overland Track information page.
Atop Cradle Mountain. Original photo from Andrew Purdam – flickr.
Andrew’s Lake St Clair to Cradle Mountain (via 7 peaks) trip report photo journal.