The relaxed company of other walkers will be a memorable feature of your Cradle Huts experience your companions on the track will share your adventurous spirit and your love of wild, natural places. Your guides (enthusiastic Tasmanians with a combination of bush skills and diplomacy) will enhance the journey with their knowledge and understanding of the flora, fauna, geology and history of the Overland Track and the wonders of the World Heritage Area. On the track, you will not be rushed. There is always the opportunity to take a break for scenery, tea, explanation or just for you. But with lots of energy you might want to do some of the many side-trips available each day (including to Mt Ossa the top of Tasmania). You'll enjoy and discover good times, great memories and the special friendships of the bush. At the end of each day's walk, your private hut is a haven of warmth, shelter and comfort. It's a place to relax, rest and be refreshed after the pleasant exertions of a day on the track.
~~ 01-Apr-2018 to 31-Mar-2020~~Valid for 01APR18-31MAR20:
Day 1: Cradle Mountain Huts guests meet in Launceston at 6.40am, where they are then transferred to Quamby Estate. After introductions & a gear check journey to Waldheim in Cradle Valley. Then set off on the track by 11.00am. By lunch time you will have walked through the first section of ancient temperate rainforest, have witnessed the dramatic glacially carved Crater Lake and the steepest section of the whole Overland Track is behind you. The steep section is mostly stepped and takes about an hour. It gets you onto Marion's Lookout which (hopefully) offers famous and spectacular views of Cradle Mountain with Lake Dove at its base worth every step.
If the weather is fine stop for lunch by the peaceful Plateau Creek before continuing for about another 4 hours around the base of Cradle Mountain, out along the edge of a spectacular glacial cirque then dropping into Waterfall Valley which you cross before arriving at your hut at the base of the towering Barn Bluff. Several hours of this days' walk is over exposed alpine plateau which allows great views on a clear day but in rough weather the wind howls over the land making for exciting and sometimes challenging walking conditions. Some of the track is uneven under foot, however, time is taken to walk carefully and make sure you still look at the wonderful scenery all around.
Day 2: The walking today is undulating with a few sections of exposed moorland. There are no large hills and the once notoriously muddy Pine Forest Moor is now a duckboard path over the mud! An optional side trip to Lake Will is offered. Travel across plains where once glaciers sat and slowly moved, scouring out shallow tarns. Now see plains of button grass with ancient Pencil Pines sitting with their roots in the water. Rising from the moors, the peaks of Cradle Mountain and Barn Bluff are behind you to the north, and the stately Mount Pelion West directly ahead. Take advantage of the viewing opportunities at several lookout points and complete the day through an enchanting rainforest.
Day 3: Today begin with a long slow descent around the base of Mt Pelion West down to the Forth River before it plunges into the Lemonthyme Valley. After a break at Frog Flats by the Forth River, have a long gentle ascent out of the valley onto the beautiful Pelion Plains with outstanding views of Mount Oakleigh. There are many side trips in the Pelion Plains area with mountains all around, some excellent swimming holes, abandoned copper mines, or simply peaceful and humbling spots to rest quietly.
Day 4: Begin today with a climb to Pelion Gap where there are great views both back from the north and forward to the south. Today time is allowed for the side trips from Pelion Gap. It's a further few hours of gentle down hill from the gap to the hut, so a very relaxing day with the option to make it more challenging.
Day 5: This is a day of waterfalls and majestic forests. Depart Kia Ora hut and walk about an hour of easy travelling to Du Cane where a hut remains from the long gone days of animal trapping. A fine spot to rest in the native gardens planted by trapper Paddy Hartnet's wife during her long stints in the bush with her husband. From there wander through some of the oldest forest in the National Park with King Billy Pines as old as 2000 years. Here you are above the Mersey River, which descends steeply northward towards Bass Strait. There are three major sets of waterfalls and we opt to visit one or more of these. Possibly take lunch down to enjoy beside one of the falls. During the afternoon, the group makes their way over Du Cane gap, then descend beside the spectacular Falling Mountain to Windy Ridge Hut.
Day 6: Lake St Clair is Australia's deepest natural lake and as with most of this area, has been shaped by glaciers. The walk is mainly through cool temperate eucalypt forest and bird song is all around. Arrive at Narcissus at the northern end of Lake St Clair in time for lunch before boarding the Idaclair cruise boat, for the spectacular 17km cruise back to Cynthia Bay. There is a visitor centre at Cynthia Bay and you usually have about half an hour to look around and perhaps grab an ice cream! The return trip to Quamby Estate is through the trout fishing mecca of the highland lakes, descending the rugged Western Tiers to the broad plains of the Northern Midlands and passing through the rural townships of Cressy and Longford. Return to Quamby Estate at approximately 5.00pm for afternoon tea and a glass of wine. A courtesy bus will depart for Launceston at 6.00pm travelling via the airport at approximately 6.30pm, arriving in Launceston by approximately 6.45pm.~~~~
~~ 01-Apr-2018 to 31-Mar-2019~~Valid for 01APR18-31MAR19: 01OCT-01MAY: Daily.~~~~
~~ 01-Apr-2019 to 31-Mar-2020~~Valid for 01APR19-31MAR20: 01APR-06MAY, 01OCT-31MAR: Daily.~~~~
Quamby Estate, 1145 Westwood Road, Hagley.
6:40am sharp at The Sebel Launceston (meet at 6:30am) or Quamby Estate 'The Stables' 7:15am.
The Sebel Launceston, Corner St John and William Streets, Launceston.
The Sebel Launceston, Launceston Airport or Quamby Estate (walk base).
6 Days / 5 Nights.
- Includes National Park and Overland Track passes.
- All meals except breakfast on the day of departure.
- Non-alcoholic beverages during the tour.
- Limited selection of Tasmanian wines.
- Breakfast on day of departure.
- Return transfers between Launceston and the walk base.
- 5 nights accommodation in five Cradle Huts - single room.
- Boat transfer across Lake St Clair.
- Use of a backpack and Gore-tex jacket for the duration of the walk.
- Sleeping bags, pillows and a comfortable mattress at each hut.
- Sleeping sheet and pillowcase to carry with you.
- Two qualified guides for the duration of the walk.
What to bring:
- Lace-up walking boots with ankle support and treaded soles. Walking shoes, sandshoes and similar are not acceptable. Boots must be worn.
- Polar fleece jacket (preferred) or thick woollen jumper.
- Light jumper (warm).
- Beanie or balaclava.
- Gloves or mittens.
- Waterproof over-pants nylon, PVC or Gore-tex.
- Long gaiters (just below the knee).
- Shorts and/or light cotton trousers for walking in .
- Polypropylene or wool thermal underwear long sleeved top and long johns. Two sets preferred. Essential summer and winter.
- Warm long pants evening hut wear.
- Shirts / t-shirts 2 recommended.
- Socks 4 pairs, bushwalking socks recommended.
- Underwear .
- Lightweight hut footwear.
- Sun hat and sunscreen.
- Towel or body chamois light and quick to dry.
- Water bottle 1 litre.
- Plastic mug for tea and coffee on the track.
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