#10 best hike in the world is …

The Overland Track

We last hiked Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park in 2007. 🙂

The best & most famous walk in Australia.

Our consultant in Taz is none other than Aussie’s finest guidebook author John Chapman. He and wife Monica wrote the book on Overland.

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

Considerations:

  • 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.

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