SHORTLIST

Trek the Cradle Mountain Overland Track

Take on the challenge of Australia’s most famous trek – the Cradle Mountain Overland track – and take in some of Tasmania’s most stunning scenery. With two expert mountain guides at your side, you’ll make your way through temperate rainforest and groves of eucalypts, across alpine moors and through valleys, skirt the edges of bright blue lakes and take in views of waterfalls and towering peaks in the distance. Camp on the edges of historic huts under star-filled skies, wake up to dramatic landscapes and take the chance to tackle side trips like summitting Cradle Mountain and the island’s highest peak Mt Ossa. This active adventure with Intrepid is one of the best ways to take in an iconic trek and landscape.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

PRE-DEPARTURE MEETING
A pre-departure meeting will take place at 3pm the day BEFORE departure at the Macpac store, 22-26 Kingsway, Launceston. It is important that you bring your gear to this meeting as our team will check the suitability of your gear for the trek. Please advise us if you are not able to make this.

HIKING GEAR
It is essential that you read the Packing List in our Essential Trip Information, and that you bring all necessary items. Backpack, rainwear, sleeping bag and sleeping mat – all these items are essential for this trip and can be hired locally if you do not wish to bring your own. Please speak to your travel consultant as all these items must be requested prior to travel.

CAMPING
This trip is a camping trip. You will be carrying your own tent and will set up camp each night. Solo travellers will sleep in a cosy one person tent for the duration of the trek. Facilities are very basic.

BACKPACKING
You will need to carry your own gear on this trek. Expect the weight of your pack to be around up to 15 kg. This includes a portion of the food for the trip, and a share of a tent which will be around 1.4 kg.

STARTING & ENDING TIME
Pick-up will be from 7am from your central Launceston accommodation. Please advise your booking agent of your preferred location prior to departure and confirm with our team at the pre-departure meeting the day prior. The trip will end with an arrival back into Launceston at around 6pm on the last day. Please take this into consideration when booking onward travel.

Tour details
Tour Provider Intrepid Travel
Price From
$2,128
Number of Days
6
Start Location
Launceston, Australia
End Location
Launceston, Australia
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
1 to 10
Tour Style
Basic
Tour Themes
Adventure
Physical Rating
Moderate to Challenging
Itinerary Open all
Day 1: Launceston / Cradle Mountain / Overland Track
Welcome to one of Australia’s greatest walks. Your adventure begins with a pickup at 7am. Make your way west from Launceston, through picturesque scenery, to start the Overland Track at Ronny Creek in Cradle Valley. Cross a small grass plain, passing Crater Creek, Crater Lake, and make your way up to Marion’s Lookout for sweeping views, from where you can see the iconic Cradle Mountain and the curved Dove Lake. If weather and time allow, there is also the opportunity to summit Cradle Mountain today. The track continues past the historic Kitchen Hut, with its unusual double story design, and you’ll traverse the shoulder of Cradle Mountain surrounded by Tasmanian snow gums. Over 700 million years ago the ground beneath your feet was shaped by glaciers grinding through the landscape. Continue on to the Cradle Cirque, passing the turnoff to Barn Bluff, and descend into Waterfall Valley, where you will set up camp for the night.
Day 2: Overland Track
Above Waterfall Valley is Barn Bluff, which juts out of the landscape in a distinctive cone-shaped peak. This morning you’ll have the opportunity to climb the bluff if the conditions are right, before continuing on to Lake Windermere in the afternoon. Waterfall Valley is, unsurprisingly enough, full of beautiful cascades, and you’ll pass them as the track undulates across moorlands scattered with pencil pines, myrtles and snow gums. Look out for Tasmanian Devils, echidnas and wombats – though you may see the latter’s distinctive cube shaped poop more often than the mammals themselves. As you crest the moorland you’ll get a view across Lake Windermere, whose dark colour is caused by nutrients and oils leaking from the surrounding grass into the water. Make your way around the shore of the lake to tonight’s campsite, nestled in a scattered forest.
Day 3: Overland Track
You’ve worked your way up to the longest walk of the trip today. Begin with a walk through lightly timbered forest and across buttongrass moorlands to the lookout at Forth Gorge. In the distance the peaks of mounts Oakleigh, Ossa, Pelion East and West, as well as the Du Cane Range, pepper the horizon. Follow some small ascents and descents into the forest glade of Frog Flats, a wet section of forest crossed by the River Forth that’s home to some beautifully coloured mosses and fungi. Climb through forest to Pelion Plains, where the Forth Valley Track diverts off to Old Pelion Hut, which was built by copper miners at the very end of the 19th century. For the next 20 or so years, cattle drovers and trappers plied their trade here, before the area was declared a scenic reserve in 1922. Continue along the shore of Douglas Creek to New Pelion Hut, the largest of the track’s huts, which sits at the junction of the Overland and Arm River tracks. You'll set up camp nearby the hut.
Day 4: Overland Track
Begin today with a gradual climb up to Pelion Gap (1126 m). Here the track hits a crossroads with Mt Pelion to the east and towering Mt Ossa, Tasmania’s highest peak at 1617 metres, to the west. If the weather’s right, there will be the option to climb either of the peaks today. Both summits boast amazing views of the national park and beyond its boundaries, and are well worth the extra effort. From the Pelion Gap crossroads the track passes through the glaciated Pinestone Valley and on to Kia Ora Hut, which sits on a creek of the same name and is nestled below the Ducane Range and Cathedral Mountain on the opposite side.
Day 5: Overland Track
Leave Kia Ora Creek and make your way through myrtle beech rainforest to Du Cane Hut, built in 1910 out of King Billy Pine by a trapper as a base for his trade. Further down the track you will take a side trip to see the falls of D’Alton, Fergusson and Hartnett, which tumble into the Mersey River in spectacular fashion, especially after recent rainfall. Back on the main track, the path climbs steadily to Du Cane Gap (1070 m), where Mt Geryon and the Acropolis (1471 m) of the Du Cane Range are the peaks that dominate the views. From here the track descends through eucalypt forest to Windy Ridge Hut, the newest hut on the track. After setting up camp it's your spot to share stories on the final night of the trip.
Day 6: Overland Track / Lake St Clair / Launceston
Welcome to the final day of your Overland Track adventure. Leaving Windy Ridge camp, descend with the track down the valley of temperate rainforest and eucalypt forest to the Narcissus River. Pass the path which splits off to take walkers to the base of the Du Cane Range and Pine Valley Hut, the base for access to the Acropolis and the Labyrinth. Follow the track down to a suspension bridge over the Narcissus River and the end is in sight – Lake St Clair and the finish of the Overland Track. Give yourself a huge pat on the back and your legs a rest with a ferry ride across the lake to Cynthia Bay. Jump back in the van for the ride back to Launceston, where your trip comes to an end, arriving around 6 pm this evening.
Inclusions
  • Meals: 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Transport: Walking, Private vehicle, Ferry
  • Accommodation: Bush camping (with limited facilities) (5 Nights)
Departure dates
Start End Availability Price NZD
03 Oct 2022 08 Oct 2022 2 $2,420
06 Oct 2022 11 Oct 2022 2 $2,395
10 Oct 2022 15 Oct 2022 8 $2,240
13 Oct 2022 18 Oct 2022 7 $2,240
17 Oct 2022 22 Oct 2022 5 $2,128
24 Oct 2022 29 Oct 2022 4 $2,305
27 Oct 2022 01 Nov 2022 10 $2,240
03 Nov 2022 08 Nov 2022 8 $2,240
07 Nov 2022 12 Nov 2022 Fully Booked $2,375
10 Nov 2022 15 Nov 2022 5 $2,285
14 Nov 2022 19 Nov 2022 6 $2,305
17 Nov 2022 22 Nov 2022 8 $2,240
22 Nov 2022 27 Nov 2022 7 $2,240
28 Nov 2022 03 Dec 2022 8 $2,240
01 Dec 2022 06 Dec 2022 8 $2,305
08 Dec 2022 13 Dec 2022 6 $2,350
15 Dec 2022 20 Dec 2022 1 $2,510
19 Dec 2022 24 Dec 2022 8 $2,305
22 Dec 2022 27 Dec 2022 8 $2,305
26 Dec 2022 31 Dec 2022 7 $2,350
30 Dec 2022 04 Jan 2023 1 $2,490
02 Jan 2023 07 Jan 2023 10 $2,510
05 Jan 2023 10 Jan 2023 9 $2,510
12 Jan 2023 17 Jan 2023 9 $2,510
16 Jan 2023 21 Jan 2023 10 $2,510
19 Jan 2023 24 Jan 2023 10 $2,510
23 Jan 2023 28 Jan 2023 10 $2,510
26 Jan 2023 31 Jan 2023 10 $2,510
02 Feb 2023 07 Feb 2023 10 $2,510
06 Feb 2023 11 Feb 2023 9 $2,510
09 Feb 2023 14 Feb 2023 10 $2,510
14 Feb 2023 19 Feb 2023 9 $2,510
16 Feb 2023 21 Feb 2023 10 $2,510
20 Feb 2023 25 Feb 2023 8 $2,510
23 Feb 2023 28 Feb 2023 10 $2,510
27 Feb 2023 04 Mar 2023 10 $2,510
02 Mar 2023 07 Mar 2023 9 $2,440
07 Mar 2023 12 Mar 2023 10 $2,440
09 Mar 2023 14 Mar 2023 10 $2,440
13 Mar 2023 18 Mar 2023 9 $2,440
16 Mar 2023 21 Mar 2023 10 $2,440
20 Mar 2023 25 Mar 2023 10 $2,440
23 Mar 2023 28 Mar 2023 10 $2,440
30 Mar 2023 04 Apr 2023 10 $2,440
01 Apr 2023 06 Apr 2023 10 $2,440
03 Apr 2023 08 Apr 2023 10 $2,440
13 Apr 2023 18 Apr 2023 10 $2,440
20 Apr 2023 25 Apr 2023 10 $2,440
24 Apr 2023 29 Apr 2023 10 $2,440