Trek the Cradle Mountain Overland Track

6 Days | An epic trek on the Overland Track through Tasmania’s most breathtaking scenery

4.9 out of 5 based on 54 reviews submitted.
Walking & Trekking
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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 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.

Trip overview

Map of Trek The Cradle Mountain Overland Track including Australia
Start
Launceston, Australia
Finish
Launceston, Australia
Theme
Walking & Trekking
Destinations
Australia
Physical rating
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Style
Basix
Ages
Min 16
Group size
Min 1 - Max 10
Trip code
PTXC
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Why you'll love this trip
  • With everything taken care of, you’re free to make the most of the incredible scenery and views as you make your way along one of Australia’s most iconic hiking trails.
  • Leave all the organisation to us – from tickets and permits to camping gear - comfortable all-season tents and cooking equipment are all provided
  • Make the most of the local knowledge of two expert mountain guides along the way, and you’ll never take a wrong turn.
  • Enjoy the flexibility to tackle the trek as you like – the main track for a more leisurely hike, or add on a side trip like summitting Cradle Mountain or Mt Ossa for an extra challenge.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip is is a wilderness hike, best suited to experienced hikers who are comfortable with the prospect of multiple consecutive days of hiking in all conditions as it involves plenty of walking over varied terrain. Good footwear, clothing for all types of Tasmanian weather, plus perhaps walking poles are recommended. Details on physical activities and a packing list can be found in the trip notes. The total distance covered on this trip is approximately 65km.
  • You will need to carry your own gear on this trek. Expect the weight of your pack to be up to around 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.
  • This is a camping trip and you will be required to set up camp each night. Facilities are very basic (bush camping toilets, no showers)

Itinerary

Map of Trek The Cradle Mountain Overland Track including Australia

Inclusions

Meals

5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners

Transport

Walking, Private vehicle, Ferry

Accommodation

Bush camping (with limited facilities) (5 Nights)

Activities
  • Overland Track - Ronny Creek to Waterfall Valley Trek
  • Cradle Mountain National Park - Marion's Lookout
  • Overland Track - Waterfall Valley to Lake Windermere Trek
  • Overland Track - Lake Windermere to New Pelion Hut Trek
  • Cradle Mountain National Park - Forth Gorge Lookout
  • Overland Track - Pelion Plains to Kia Ora Creek Trek
  • Overland Track - Kia Ora Creek to Windy Ridge Trek
  • Overland Track - Windy Ridge to Lake St Clair Trek
  • Cradle Mountain National Park - Lake St Clair Ferry Ride
Add on activities
  • Overland Track - Mt Pelion Summit - Free
  • Overland Track - Mt Ossa or Mt Pelion East Summit trek - Free

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Important notes

PRE-DEPARTURE MEETING
A pre-departure meeting will take place at 2pm 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 note that if your leader deems your gear not suitable you will need to purchase missing items at this meeting. We will not be able to permit any hikers on the track with unsuitable gear.

PACKING & GEAR HIRE
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 (at $60 per item, payable locally) if you do not wish to bring your own. Speak to your travel consultant if you need to hire any gear as items must be requested prior to travel.

START & END TIME
Pick-up in the morning of day 1 will be at 7am from at the Macpac store, 22-26 Kingsway, Launceston. The trip will end with an arrival back into Launceston at around 4.30pm on the last day. Make sure you take this into consideration when booking onward travel.

CAMPING & CARRYING OF GEAR
This trip is a camping trip. You will be carrying your own tent (which we will provide) and will set up camp each night. Solo travellers may need to share the tent with travellers of the same gender. Facilities are very basic. You will also need to carry your own gear on this trek. Expect the weight of your pack to be 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.

MEALS
All meals are included in the price of the trip, but you will need to bring your own snacks for in between meals on trekking days.

SINGLE TRAVELLERS
Solo travellers will share a twin-share tent with another solo traveller. A single tent supplement is bookable if you prefer not to share a tent on this trip, but this must be requested prior to your trip with your booking agent (subject to availability).

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 54 reviews submitted.
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Yung · Traveled February 2024
Meeting at 2 p.m. before the official tour began and conducting a preliminary inspection was very important for the six-day tour. I think it would have been very difficult without such a preliminary inspection through Stan. As the tour began, two mountain guides led the nine-member group. I would like to express my respect to the two mountain guides, Samson and Adam. They were faithful to guiding the Overland track's optimized path. They were also amazing tour leaders who played various roles, ranging from explaining historical places, delivering extensive knowledge of animals and plants, preparing meals, and giving careful consideration to safety. It will not be easy to maximize the joy of a meal with a small amount of food ingredients in the mountains for six days. I would also like to thank Senna for setting up a diet that was the driving force behind making me go a long way with every meal. Once again, I would like to thank Intrepid's program for giving me unforgettable experiences on the Overland track for five nights and six days. P.S As a Korean, I think there will be a lot of Koreans who will like this tour.
Review submitted 17 Feb 2024

Andrea · Traveled January 2024
The local operator Tasmanian Hikes, Senna -the owner- and the guides -Louie and Josh- went above and beyond to make the 6 days trekking in the Overland Track a positive experience in every single way. Great organisation and combination of professionalism & friendliness. Senna provided very sound and helpful advice about the right gear to pack and prepared delicious, healthy and nutritious food to keep your energy going on the track. Josh and Louie are experienced and knowledgeable guides and have great group leadership skills. I cannot fault Tasmanian Hikes! Well done Intrepid for partnering with them.
Review submitted 28 Jan 2024

Adrian · Traveled December 2023
Great trip operated by Tasmanian Hikes! The food was delicious and much needed after each day. Summiting Mt Ossa was definitely the highlight.
Review submitted 28 Dec 2023

Andrea · Traveled November 2023
Review submitted 06 Dec 2023

Joanne · Traveled April 2023
Excellent trip, excellent guides (Josh and Louie), excellent food (thanks Senna), excellent organisation (thanks Stan). Fantastic trip all round, we were the last trip of the season and had sun for the first 3 days and really only rained during hiking for the last 3 days. Couldn’t fault it!
Review submitted 05 May 2023
Trek the Cradle Mountain Overland Track
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ZAR  28,204