The Overland Track is Australia's premier alpine walk. This exhilarating and life-changing journey attracts walkers from across the globe. Beginning at the iconic Cradle Mountain and ending at Australia’s deepest lake – Lake St Clair, this 65km, six-day trek takes you through the heart of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, part of the magnificent Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Your journey will be physically demanding, emotionally challenging and scenically spectacular. This is a landscape of glacially carved valleys, ancient rainforests, fragrant eucalypt forests, golden buttongrass moorlands and beautiful alpine meadows. Optional side-trips take you to cascading waterfalls and mountain summits, including Tasmania’s highest peak, Mount Ossa (1617m). Almost half of the track is above 1000m in elevation on exposed plateaus in a remote area. Thorough preparation and good gear is essential. It’s no wonder the Overland Track has secured its reputation as one of the world’s great wilderness bushwalks.
Time and distance: 65km (40mi). Allow at least six days to complete the track, or even up to ten days if you would like to complete all of the side trips! We suggest tackling this track in the warmer months, from November - March.
Difficulty: Medium - bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. The Overland Track has hut facilities along the way, but we do recommend packing a tent just in case. There is often snow cover during winter.
Highlights: Meet wallabies, echidnas and Tasmanian devils, plus other like-minded intrepid hikers too of course, on one of Australia’s most famous multi-day hikes.
How to get there: Cradle Mountain is located at the northern end of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. It is 1.5 hours drive from Devonport, 2.5 hours drive from Launceston, and 4-4.5 hours drive from Hobart.