Overland Track Winter Trek

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Overland Track Winter Trek information and booking

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$2490
  • Duration
    7 days
    Days
  • Group size
    5-8
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    Moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 7 day trip
  • 6 days trekking/snowshoeing with a full pack
Equipment Required
Tasmanian Expeditions has a specialist gear list available that details what clothing and equipment is required for each of our Tasmanian adventures. The gear list is specific to the type of tour you will be joining us on and it provides a clear description of what is included in the tour cost, what items are available for hire and what you will need to bring with you. Brand recommendations and the individual weight of the gear provided is also included.

Highlights

  • Walk and snowshoe on Australia's internationally famous Overland Track
  • Explore deep forests, sub-alpine plateaus, high peaks and spectacular highland landscapes
  • End each day at scenic campsites with delicious meals prepared by your guides
  • Enjoy close encounters with the local wildlife and amazing endemic wildflowers

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

The Overland Track is Australia’s premier extended bushwalk. The Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park is renowned for its beauty, featuring abundant wildlife, rare and unusual vegetation and dramatic scenery. From June to September the alpine area becomes a winter wonderland, with snow across the peaks and a new way to experience adventure in the World Heritage Area. Perhaps most exciting aspect of a winter trek is profound sense of solitude, with as we can experience the Overland Track without the summer crowds Starting at Dove Lake, situated beneath Cradle Mountain, we head south for the wilderness adventure of a lifetime. We follow a moderate graded trail for 70kms finishing our journey with a ferry crossing of Lake St Clair. We allow 7 days on the track, with plenty of time if bad weather threatens. We carry snowshoes allowing us to walk the track regardless of conditions underfoot. Passing lakes, waterfalls and mountains such as Barn Bluff, Pelion West, Mount Oakleigh and the Geryons we savour this wild remote area in the company of our small independent group. No special skills are necessary to walk the Overland Track although a good level of general fitness is required. Our schedule will allow plenty of flexibility allowing us to make the most of the weather conditions. Our experienced guides will help to bring the track alive for you with their local knowledge and enthusiasm for the Tasmanian wilderness.

What's included

  • 2 professional wilderness guides
  • 6 nights camping
  • 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches & 6 dinners
  • Transport by private minibus
  • Lake st. clair ferry passage
  • National park fees
  • Overland track permit
  • Waterproof jacket, overpants & gaiters
  • Tent, backpack, sleeping bag, inner sheet & inflatable sleeping mat
  • Group camping equipment including all cooking & eating equipment
  • Emergency communications & group first aid kit

Itinerary

Day 1 Launceston to Cradle Mountain National Park
Today we begin our journey to Cradle Mountain with hotel pickups in Launceston between 6.30 - 7.00am. The drive will take approximately 3 hours including a mid journey leg stretch in Sheffield – Tassie’s town of murals. At Cradle Mountain we will begin our trek into the alpine area, climbing up to Marion's Lookout and following the Overland Track to Waterfall Valley. We will pass below the summit of Cradle Mountain along the way however we do not intend to attempt to climb this summit as expected winter conditions are too icy.
Day 2 Waterfall Valley to Lake Windermere
Today we continue south from Waterfall Valley to Lake Windermere. A leisurely day that offers time for a side trip past the diggings of Joseph Will a coal prospector in the 1800’s to Innes Falls. At Lake Will we will have the opportunity for a relaxing lunch on its sandy shores. Returning to our packs we head back across the rolling button grass plains towards our campsite at Lake Windermere. We spend the afternoon relaxing, taking in the fabulous views and maybe go for a refreshing swim in the lake. Walking Distance: 8Km Walking Time: 3 Hours
Day 3 Lake Windermere to Pelion Plains
Today is a wild day of moorlands and mountain views. Our morning takes us across Pine Forest Moor offering spectacular views across the Forth River Valley to the heights of Mount Oakleigh and to today’s destination, Pelion Plains, at its base. We descend around Mount Pelion West to a popular lunch spot at Frog Flats. Our afternoon takes us up onto Pelion Plains with marvellous views of fluted Mount Oakleigh and some of the biggest wombats our guides have seen in the park!!! Walking Distance: 17Km Walking Time: 7 Hours
Day 4 Contingency Day
We will allow a full day in the itinerary as a contingency to be used in case of bad weather. We recommend bringing a pack of cards or a good book as a necessary aspect of winter adventure is often sitting out the worst of the weather and enjoying some warmth and conversation in one of the huts. If we dont need to use the contingency day to avaoid the weather we can always use the day to enjoy some of the extraordinary side trips along the Overland Track
Day 5 Pelion Plains to Kia Ora
From camp we continue walking south and the view opens up to reveal Cathedral Mountain and Pelion East on our left, followed by Mount Ossa on our right. We rest at the saddle (1113 meters) between Mount Pelion East and Mount Ossa. In fine weather, climbing Mount Ossa (1617m), Tasmania’s highest peak is without a doubt one of the highlights of the Overland Track. With magnificent views in all directions we continue south into beautiful Pinestone Valley. Walking Distance: 9Km + side trips Walking Time: 5 Hours + side trips
Day 6 Kia Ora to Windy Ridge
Today we walk through towering rainforests of Leatherwood and Sassafras trees, heading towards three of Tasmania’s largest and most spectacular waterfalls. The first we visit is Ferguson Falls, named after a former ranger at Lake St. Clair followed by Dalton Falls. The third of these large falls is Hartnett Falls, named after the eccentric bushman with the bowler hat Paddy Hartnett. We make camp in the afternoon at Windy Ridge. Walking Distance: 10Km + side trips Walking Time: 4 Hours + side trips
Day 7 Windy Ridge to Lake St Clair and return to Launceston
Today we pack our backpacks for the final day on the track, which takes us through dry sclerophyll forest toward the shores of Lake St Clair. As we near the lake we can gaze up to the peaks of the Labyrinth and look forward to majestic Mount Olympus. We then catch a 30 minute ferry across Lake St Clair, the deepest natural lake in the southern hemisphere, providing a spectacular conclusion to our Overland Track Trek as we look back upon the mountains we’ve travelled through. After some time to inspect the visitor centre and indulge in a picnic lunch we board the bus for our return drive across Tassie’s Central Plateau to Launceston. You will be dropped off at your accommodation in Launceston at approx 5pm. Walking Distance: 9Km Walking Time: 3 Hours