Overland Track

The Overland Track in Tasmania, Australia is one of the best multi day hikes in the world. The Overland Track starts at Cradle Mountain and completes at Lake St Clair.

The total distance is 82 kilometres but can be shortened to 65 kilometres by taking a ferry along Lake St Clair instead of walking alongside the lake.

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The Overland Track is diverse and climbs mountains, passes through alpine plains, crosses rivers and meanders through forests.

A very well managed and maintained trail looked after by the Tasmanian National Parks. Rangers patrol to ensure it is pristine and to help and advise walkers.

The overland track takes around 6 days. It can be done faster or slower.  There are many side tracks to waterfalls, to climb Mt Ossa the tallest mountain in Tasmania and along Pine Valley to the Acropolis.

Overland Track Hikers

Walkers can either camp at maintained campsites or stay in the huts. The huts being basic but sound having bunk beds, tables and heating.

The Overland Track is free from June – September. This being the winter when snow is to be expected.

From October to May the track is controlled to limit numbers. During this period, you have to book online with the National Park for a slot and pay a small fee. The big advantage is that numbers are controlled so there is room in the huts and the numbers walking are limited.

The overland track during the paid period has to be done from north to south starting at Cradle Mountain.

Tasmania Cradle Mountain

This one-way route does make the transfer a hassle. Hawthorn Lodge a heritage listed lodge has made it easy. They will pick you up at Hobart Airport or in Hobart. You stay at Hawthorn Lodge on the first night and they then transfer you to Cradle Mountain to arrive at 10.30am giving plenty of time to climb Cradle Mountain and reach the first hut at Waterfall Valley.

Hawthorn Lodge meets you at the end at the National Park Visitor centre at Lake St Clair at an agreed time. You then stay with them that night and dropped back to Hobart or Hobart airport in the morning.

Tour to Overland Track

The cost of the Hawthorn Lodge Overland Track Transfer package with accommodation and meals is from $299 person

To help you plan this is a very useful document with all the main overland track information you need.

Overland Track Information


Date posted: 29th May, 2018

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