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CRADLE MOUNTAIN HUTS
CRADLE MOUNTAIN HUTS
This is one of Australia's most spectacular walks, following the overland track to Cradle Mountain. The walk extends from Cradle Valley to Lake St. Clair through a variety of spectacular landscapes.
Day 1. Launceston to Cradle Mountain. The day begins with a drive from Launceston through the historic countryside of Deloraine and Sheffield to Cradle Valley.
The walk begins at the romantic Waldheim Chalet in Cradle Valley, where you may be greeted by inquisitive wallabies. You climb onto the alpine plateau with spectacular views of Dove and Crater Lakes. Lunch is held below the spires of Cradle Mountain or at Fury Gorge. In the afternoon, walk the rim of the glacial cirque before passing through Waterfall Valley. Barn Bluff Hut (11 km - 5 hours)
Day 2. Barn Bluff Hut to Pine Forest Moor Hut. Crossing the sedgeland moors you pass many glacial tarns. Lunch is usually on the shores of Lake Windermere. In the afternoon you'll enjoy spectacular views of the Lemonthyme Forests from the Forth Valley lookout. Pine Forest Moor Hut (12 km - 6 hours)
Day 3. Pine Forest Moor Hut to Pelion Hut. The walk follows the historic Innes Track sheltered below Mt. Pelion West, mainly through rainforest.
A stop is made at Frog Flats, at the headwaters to the Forth River. The final section of the day's walk is on to the Pelion Plains. Pelion Hut (10 km-4 hours)
Day 4. Pelion Hut to Kia Ora Hut. Views to the South-West wilderness are possible from Pelion Gap and it is from this point that you can elect to climb Mt Ossa, Tasmania's highest peak. The afternoon walk is to Kia Ora Hut located below Cathedral Mountain. A climb to Mt Ossa is an option today. Kia Ora Hut (9 km - 4 hours (3-4 hours extra to climb Mt Ossa))
Day 5. Kia Ora Hut to Windy Ridge Hut. This day begins with a visit to the beautiful 'leatherwood garden' at the historic Du Cane Hut. The middle of the day is spent meandering along the Mersey River visiting the spectacular waterfalls including the D'Alton, Fergusson and Hartnett Falls. Windy Ridge Hut (9 km - 4 hours)
Day 6. Windy Ridge Hut to Launceston. The northern shores of Lake St Clair are reached through superb eucalypt forests. Here you are met and taken on a 17 km boat cruise along Tasmania's deepest and most spectacular lake.
Leaving the Overland Track behind you as you pass over the waters of the lake is a memorable way to conclude your walk. The return trip to Launceston is through the trout fishing mecca of the highland lakes, descending the rugged Western Tiers to the pastoral landscapes of Cressy and Longford. Arrival in Launceston at approximately 5:30pm were the tour concludes. (9 km - 3 hours)
Accommodation is basic but comfortable and warm, with hot showers and an excellent hearty three-course meal waiting for you at the end of every day.
Daily October through April
Moderate to Hard
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All transport from Launceston, 5 nights twin share accommodation in private huts and all meals. Experienced tour guides, park entry fees and a boat cruise on Lake St Clair.