Cradle Huts Overland Track
This six day hut-based walk is a fabulous way to experience the iconic Overland Track within Tasmania's World Heritage Area. The walk extends from Cradle Valley to Lake St. Clair through a variety of spectacular landscapes and features a huge diversity of flora and fauna, glacial lakes, rainforests and craggy peaks which sit side by side with wombats, echidnas, wallabies and Tasmanian devils, who all make this region their home. Each evening's accommodation is in one of five ecologically sustainable private huts nestled away in this remarkable park. Just off the Overland Track, each hut is a haven to retreat to at the end of the day and features hot showers, heating and twin-share rooms with comfortable beds. The accommodation allows a reduced pack weight, trekkers only carrying around 10kg or less. A hearty three-course dinner is prepared by your guides, with fine Tasmanian wine and cheerful conversation, a very pleasant way to relax after an active day.
|DAY 1||Depart Launceston, walk from Waldheim to Barn Bluff Hut|
|DAY 2||Trek to Pine Forest Moor Hut|
|DAY 3||Trek to Pelion Plains Hut, optional side trips|
|DAY 4||Trek to Kia Ora Hut, optional climb of Mt Ossa|
|DAY 5||Trek through old forests to Windy Ridge Hut|
|DAY 6||Trek to Lake St Clair, return to Launceston|
The guides were exceptional!!
S. Harper. Woodcote, UK
*5 breakfast, 6 lunches and 5 dinners *Professional guides *5 nights twin share accommodation in private huts *Transport by private minibus *Limited selection of Tasmanian wine *National Park and Overland Track passes *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
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traveller reviews (7)
The guides were exceptional!!
S. Harper. Woodcote, UK
Last time i did this walk 30yrs ago the weather was terrible and there was no visibility, this time the vistas were great. Excellent guides, very good at group management and very good food. Very good organisation.
A. Kelleher. Bangor, NSW.
Thoroughly enjoyed this trip.The two Young guides , Kim and Kenna ,were excellent without being intrusive.Great cooks as well.I did Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania the year before and this one was in parts as demanding physically, but much more fun.
K. Martin. City Beach, WA, Australia
We will keep this challenging hiking week in our minds as a very special time. Many thanks to Holly and Brenton, they were excellent guides.
Susanne and Joachim. Hamburg, Germany.
I genuinely had the best time of my life, in the most amazing location. I have already planned to do it again.
Thank you so much for such a fulfilling experience!
M. Delfos. Tuart Hill, WA.
My partner and I completed the Overland Trip over Christmas last year using Cradle Mountain Huts, organised through Tasmanian Expeditions. The trip from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair was very well organised and executed. Everyone in the small group (max 10 people) was required to carry up to 10kg of their personal belongings in a mid-sized backpack, and this proved much easier than expected.
We walked for 6-9 hours (approx. 12 km) per day with good rest breaks through stunning highland scenery, ending each day at a different privately-owned eco-hut. We were greeted with fresh-baked afternoon tea, and after welcome hot showers the group sat down to a 3 course dinner. Evenings were spent around the table with our new friends, with good food and wine and much laughter, before retiring to our rooms. These were small and simple but quite comfortable and cosy.
The trip was led by 2 guides, the amazing Joe and Will. These two were very experienced, and knowledgable about the Track itself as well as wildlife and plants along the way. They were fabulous cooks (the food was a real highlight), wonderful hosts, great fun and really made the trip. They worked tirelessly from early morning to late evening to ensure our comfort and enjoyment.
I can really recommend this trip. It is a bit pricey, but if you are tossing up whether to do the track independently or this way, keep in mind that independent trekkers have to supply and carry their own pack, tent, sleeping bag and mat, stove, fuel, food and personal belongings etc (typically 20kg+) as well as pay park fees, a trek permit, and transport to and from the Track. With Tasmanian Expeditions and Cradle Huts, everything is included except your own personal clothing, and the walking is far more enjoyable carrying a much lighter load over often steep or rough terrain and muddy tracks, not to mention the luxury of hot showers every day, and a warm, dry bed. For us, it definitely made the trek very comfortable and enjoyable, and I didn't envy those other independent trekkers with their heavy loads. In fact some of them envied us our fresh-baked bread and great food and wine!
I recommend this trip to anyone with a reasonable standard of fitness who enjoys walking in beautiful mountains who would also like to be comfortable at the end of each day.
Guitarfish. via TripAdvisor
A fantastic experience all round, couldn't have asked for better guides. Mick, Alice and Kat were fantastic, would heartily reccomend it to anybody.
Paul C. via TripAdvisor
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