If adventure travel is the name of the game when you journey Down Under, The Overland Track is a challenge worth contemplating. If you’re a keen hiker or you have a good level of fitness, and you’re looking for something to test your mettle while you’re in Oz, this could be just the ticket. This 65-kilometre hike will push you to your limits, as well as taking you through some of the most spectacular scenery Australia has to offer.
Trekking The Overland Track
Famed as one of the greatest bush walks on the planet, The Overland Track takes you through 65 kilometres of natural beauty in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania. It takes around 6 days to complete the entire route, which takes you through valleys, rainforests, meadows, woodlands, and moorlands. At the height of the season, you’ll need to book your hike in advance, and there is a charge.
Trekking The Overland Track is not for the faint-hearted. The terrain can be tricky at the best of times, and the weather conditions unpredictable. In a second, a calm sky can become turbulent, and you may find yourself facing heavy downpours, fog, and high winds. Before you begin, it’s wise to do your homework, and read some travel tips and advice from the pros. Pack a bag to take with you, and wear suitable footwear, and plenty of warm, light layers. Even if it looks like it’s going to be dry, it’s advisable to carry a waterproof with you.
Highlights of the The Overland Track
There are few routes on Earth that treat you to the dazzling array of landscapes on offer on The Overland Track. There really is something for everyone here, and the changing seasons make for a breathtaking show, whatever time of year you visit. From the serenity of the forests to the rocky inclines and the lush meadows, there’s a sight to behold around every corner. You’ll start your adventure at Cradle Mountain and make your way to Lake St Clair via glacial valleys, fragrant glades and thick forests. Along the way you’ll come across Pelion Gap, Barn Bluff, Tasmania’s highest mountain, Mt Ossa and a series of waterfalls. Ascending Barn Bluff and Mt Ossa is gruelling, but the views are well worth the blood, sweat, and tears.
If you are planning to mount a challenge and take on the mighty Overland Track, get some training in, get your camera primed, and don’t forget to book your hike if you’re visiting between October and May.