6 Day Cradle Mountain Treking and Camping Adventure

6 Day Cradle Mountain Treking and Camping Adventure

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.



Itinerary

Day 1: Launceston / Cradle Mountain / Waterfall Valley

Stop At: Launceston, Launceston, Tasmania
Welcome to one of Australia’s greatest walks. Your adventure begins with a pickup at 7am from your accommodation. Please advise your booking agent of your pick-up location prior to departure.
Special Information
Please note that the initial welcome 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.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Tasmania Australia
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.
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Barn Bluff, Overland Track, Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Tasmania Australia
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.

Today’s walk is approximately 10km/6.2mi, 4-5 hours.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:


Accommodation included: Bush camping (with limited facilities) (1 night)

Day 2: Waterfall Valley - Lake Windermere

Stop At: Barn Bluff, Overland Track, Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Tasmania Australia
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.
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Tasmania
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.

Today’s walk is approximately 8 kilometers, 3-4 hours, not including the optional side trip to climb the bluff.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:



Accommodation included: Bush camping (with limited facilities) (1 night)

Day 3: Lake Windermere - Pelion Hut

Stop At: Douglas Creek, Cradle Mountain TAS 7306, Australia
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.
Today’s walk is approximately 17 kilometres, 6-7 hours.
Duration: 7 hours

Meals included:



Accommodation included: Bush camping (with limited facilities) (1 night)

Day 4: Pelion Gap - Kia Ora Hut

Stop At: Mount Ossa, Mount Ossa, Queensland
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.
Today’s walk is approximately 9 kilometers, 4 hours. Allow 3-4 additional hours for the Mt Ossa or Mt Pelion East side trip.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:



Accommodation included: Bush camping (with limited facilities) (1 night)

Day 5: Kia Ora Hut - Du Cane Gap - Windy Ridge Hut

Stop At: Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Tasmania Australia
Leave Kia Ora Hut and make your way through myrtle beech rainforest to Du Cane Hut, build 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 and your spot to share stories on the final night of the trip
Today’s walk is approximately 10 kilometers, 5 hours.

Duration: 5 hours

Meals included:



Accommodation included: Bush camping (with limited facilities) (1 night)

Day 6: Windy Ridge Hut - Narcissus River - Launceston

Stop At: Launceston, Launceston, Tasmania
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.
Today’s walk is approximately 10 kilometres, 4 hours. Your trip finishes upon arrival back in Launceston at around 6 pm this evening. Please take this into consideration when booking onward travel.

Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:


No accommodation included on this day.

Informacion Adicional
"Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability"
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Not recommended for travelers with back problems"
"No heart problems or other serious medical conditions"
"MANDATORY VACCINATION POLICY From 1 December 2021, all travellers on Intrepid trips, including in Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands, are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19."
"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"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Min age for this trip is 16."
"Food and dietary requirements: All meals are included on this trip and are prepared by your leader onsite. Breakfast is continental and will be taken in camp before setting off for the day. Lunches are picnic style and will be taken in a scenic location enroute. Dinners are a simple affair around at camp in the evenings. If you have any dietary requirements please advise your booking agents at the time you make your booking. Please also advise your leader at the time of the group meeting."
"Travel insurance is compulsory on all our trips for those travelling internationally."
"Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level"
"This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund"
"This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund"
"This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers"
"Face masks provided for travelers"
"Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff"
"Social distancing enforced throughout experience"
"Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas"
"Gear/equipment sanitized between use"
"Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized"
"Guides required to regularly wash hands"
"Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons"
"Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers"
"COVID-19 vaccination required for guides"
"MANDATORY VACCINATION POLICY
From 1 December 2021, all travellers on Intrepid trips, including in Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands, are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19."



Hora de Inicio: 07:00 AM
Duración: 6 Days
Lugar de comienzo: Traveler pickup is offered
PRE-DEPARTURE MEETING
A pre-departure meeting will take place at 3 pm 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.

STARTING & ENDING TIME
Pick-up will be from 7 am 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.

Airports

  • Launceston Airport, 201 Evandale Rd, Western Junction TAS 7212, Australia



Cancelaciones y devoluciones: All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Incluye

  • 5x Breakfast
  • 5x Dinner
  • 6x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 5 nights
  • Meals: 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Transport: Private vehicle, Ferry
  • Accommodation: Bush camping (with limited facilities) (5 Nights)

No Incluye

  • Food and drink not mentioned in itinerary
  • Equipment - Available for hire

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