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 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!!! Our main food drop is hidden not far from here and your guides will make time to collect supplies.
Walking Distance: 17Km
Walking Time: 7 Hours
DAY 4: 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 5: 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 Fergusson Falls, named after a former ranger at Lake St. Clair followed by Dalton Falls. The third of these enchanting falls
is the spectacular 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 6: 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 center and a brief lunch interlude we board the bus for our return drive across the Central Plateau to Launceston. You will be dropped off at your accommodation in Launceston at approx 5pm.
Walking Distance: 9Km
Walking Time: 3 Hours
WHAT YOU CARRY
For your expedition you will need to carry all equipment in a full trekking backpack that is 75-90litres in capacity. This will need to include the following items:
• Sleeping bag
• Inflatable mat
• Portion of the shared tent
• Portion of the groups food
• All personal items that you have decide to bring along
• All wet weather gear
Depending on the quantity of personal gear and toiletries the average pack weight will be between 14-18kg. A comprehensive gear list is available from the reservations office that details what clothing and equipment is required for each expedition. It is specific to each type of trip and clearly sets out what equipment is included in the tour cost and what you will need to supply.
2 professional wilderness guides
5 nights camping
5 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 5 dinners
Food drop provisions along the track
Transport by private minibus
Lake St. Clair ferry passage
National Park fees
Overland Track Permit
Tent, backpack and gaiters
Sleeping bag, inner sheet & inflatable sleeping mat
Group camping equipment including all cooking & eating equipment
Emergency communications & group first aid kit