Trek Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain Overland Track

Launceston, Tasmania

Trip Highlights

  • Tasmania's Iconic Hiking Trail
  • Permits & Camping Gear Provided
  • Two Expert Mountain Guides
  • Optional Cradle Mountain or Mt Ossa Summit Trek
  • Wilderness Solitude
  • Waterfalls, Moorland, Forests, & Mountains
  • Historic Huts


Gear up for this backpacking adventure on Australia’s most famous long distance trek: the Cradle Mountains Overland Track. Take in Tasmania’s stunning scenery with two mountain guides to help you along the way. You’ll hike through temperate rainforests and groves of eucalyptus trees, trek over high moorland and through valleys studded with waterfalls, walk the banks of clear blue lakes, and gaze at towering peaks on the horizon. This is a camping trip so get ready for camping near historic huts under star filled skies only to wake up to stunning landscapes all around you. This trip also offers a variety of side trips to take if you’re feeling up to it, including a chance to hike Tasmania’s highest peak, Mt Ossa. Experience the best that this region has to offer on this 6 day trek with Intrepid. 

Operated by Intrepid Travel

This trip is offered and operated by Wildland’s parent company, Intrepid Travel. Intrepid is an international adventure travel company committed to offering sustainable, experience-rich journeys across the globe. They’ve led the way with ethical, small-group travel since 1989, helping guests discover the magic of travel more than 30 years! When you sign up for this trip, you will be taken into Intrepid’s registration system, and book directly with them.

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$2225 Per Person
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Trip Type: Intrepid Walking Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 1-10
Trip Length: 6 Days
Distance: 39.5MI / 63.5KM


Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

This trip follows some well-maintained trails with more rugged sections. It includes mostly moderate hiking distances and elevation with some more strenuous distances and elevation.

Hiking Distances:

10.5MI / 17KM

Backpack Weight:

30-35 pounds


Moderately Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:


Heights Exposure:


Please Note: Terrain, Elevation Gain and Heights Exposure ratings reflect the section or day of the trip with the maximum difficulty of each. Much of the trip is at easier levels. See the trip itinerary for more detailed information.


  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 8-12 lb backpack for 6-8 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on remote and rugged trails that can be steep, rough, and slippery. Expect to be doing some rock scrambling if you choose to participate in some of the side trips.


1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this hiking tour a Level 3 for solitude. You can expect as much as a few hours of solitude at a time.

This trip can be booked as a private tour directly with Intrepid Travel by calling  1-800-970-7299.

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Day 1: Launceston

  • Travel: Drive to Cradle Mountain National Park
  • Activities Included: Overland Track – Ronny Creek to Waterfall Valley Trek, Cradle Mountain National Park – Marion’s Lookout
  • Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner 
  • Hiking Distance: 6.5MI / 10KM

Say hello to Tasmania which is home to one of the Australia’s best multi-day hiking trails: the Overland Track. Your journey begins this morning with a pickup at 7am to head out to Cradle Mountain National Park where you’ll begin your hike. Drive from Launceston through lovely Tasmanian scenery to arrive at Ronny Creek in Cradle Valley. Here you’ll start your hike, beginning by walking through small meadows and passing Crater Lake and Crater Creek before enjoying the views at Marion’s Lookout of the famous Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake. Your trek will then lead you down passed the two story kitchen hut and over the shoulder of Cradle Mountain through iconic forests of snow gums. Finally, you’ll descend into Waterfall Valley after passing through Cradle Cirque and the fork in the road for Barn Bluff. Set up camp for the night and enjoy the evening under the stars. 

Please note that the orientation meeting for this tour will take place at 2pm the day before your pick up at Macpac store. Please be sure to bring your gear to this meeting as your guide will assess it to make sure it is suitable for your trip. You will also need to provide insurance and emergency contact information to your group leaders at this time.

Day 2: Waterfall Valley

  • Activities Included: Waterfall Valley to Lake Windermere Trek
  • Optional Activities: Barn Bluff Hike 
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
  • Hiking Distance: 5MI / 8KM

Today the group will travel through Waterfall Valley on to Lake Windermere. This valley is simply brimming with waterfalls that you’ll get to pass as you trek along the gently rising and falling trail of mostly moorland with some snow gums, pines, and myrtle trees. There is much wildlife to be seen in this valley: Tasmanian devils, echidnas, and wombats if any of them feel like coming out. Also watch out for the distinctive square shaped scat of the wombats which you are almost guaranteed to see. Come to the crest of the moorland for a view of Lake Windermere and trek along the shore to the campsite for tonight. This lake’s dark color is caused by oils and nutrients leaking into the water from the surrounding landscape, so make sure to take some pictures of this unique body of water. 

Day 3: Lake Windermere

  • Activities Included: Lake Windermere to New Pelion Hut Trek, Forth Gorge Lookout
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
  • Hiking Distance: 10.5MI / 17KM

Today is the longest day of your trek, so eat hardy at breakfast this morning before setting out. Begin hiking in the direction of Forth Gorge through light forests and open moorland full of buttongrass. Keep your eyes up as you will be able catch glimpses of the peaks Oakleigh, Ossa, Pelion East and West, as well as the Du Cane Range in the distance. Past Forth Gorge lookout, travel on an undulating trail through a wetland called Frog Flats. Created by the River Forth, this area boasts brightly colored plants and fungi. Your group will soon cross into Pelion Plains where the Forth Valley Track branches off leading to Old Pelion Hut, a historic hut built in the 19th century by copper miners. Before the area was designated at a scenic reserve in 1922, cattle ranchers and trappers traded and worked in this area. One last leg of your journey today brings you to New Pelion Hut, which is at the junction of Overland and Arm River Trails and is the largest of the huts. Set up camp nearby for another relaxing evening. 

Day 4: Pelion Plains

  • Activities Included: Pelion Plains to Kia Ora Creek Trek
  • Optional Activities: Mt Ossa or Mt Pelion East Summit trek
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner 
  • Hiking Distance: 5.5MI / 9KM

Your group will begin today with a gentle climb up to Pelion Gap where the trail branches off with Mt. Pelion to the east and Mt. Ossa, Tasmania’s highest peak at 5305 ft, to the west. If the weather permits, you’ll have the option of hiking either peak or remaining at the crossroads. Both summits offer spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. From Pelion Gap after the optional hiking, you’ll pass through glaciated Pinestone Valley and Kia Ora Hut which rests at a creek of the same name below Ducane Range on one side and Cathedral Mountain on the other. You’ll camp near this hut tonight. 

Day 5: Kia Ora Creek

  • Activities Included: Kia Ora Creek to Windy Ridge Trek
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
  • Hiking Distance: 6MI / 10KM

Today, you and your group will trek all the way to Windy Ridge Hut, the newest hut on the trail. Set out this morning and hike through myrtle and beech forests to DuCane Hut, built by a trapper as a base for this trade in 1910 out of King Billy Pine. You’ll take a quick side hike to see D’Alton, Fergusson, and Hartnett falls which all cascade majestically into the Mersey River. After you’ve had your fill of the falls, take the main trail up a steady climb to Du Cane Gap with picturesque views of Mt Geryon and the Acropolis being the main attractions. Then travel the last leg of your hike today down through eucalyptus groves to Windy Ridge Hut where you’ll set up camp for your last night on the trail. 

Day 6: Launceston

  • Travel: Drive to Launceston 
  • Activities Included: Overland Track – Windy Ridge to Lake St Clair Trek; Cradle Mountain National Park – Lake St Clair Ferry Ride
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch 
  • Hiking Distance: 6MI / 10KM

Today is your last day on the Overland Track, so make it your best. After packing up camp, you’ll descent down into a valley full of temperate rainforest and eucalyptus trees with the Narcissus River running through it. Pass the junction for Du Cane Range and the Pine Valley Hut which serve as the starting point for the climb to the Acropolis and the Labyrinth. Hike on a suspension bridge over the Narcissus River and catch a glimpse of your final destination: Lake St Clair. Your group will enjoy a ferry ride across the lake to Cynthia Bay where you’ll hop in the van for the ride back to Launceston where you’ll end your tour around 4:30. 

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Trip Details

Trip Details


  • Meals: All meals are included on this trip beginning with lunch on the day 1 and ending with lunch on day 6
  • Transport: walking, private vehicle, ferry
  • Accommodation: 5 Nights bush camping (limited facilities)
  • Activities Included:
    • 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

Important Notes

  • There is no option for a single supplement on this trip
  • An orientation meeting will take place at 2pm the day BEFORE your trip begins. Guests will need to bring their gear to this meeting to have it inspected by your guides. If your guides deem any of your gear unsuitable or not able to sustain your trek, you will need to purchase missing items. Intrepid cannot allow any guest with unsuitable gear to participate in the tour.
  • It is essential for you read the full packing list in the PDF itinerary packet for a list of what you will need to bring, some important items being a backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and rainwear. These items can be hired locally if you do not want to bring your own. Items must be reserved before travel, so please speak to your booking agent for information about hiring gear.
  • This tour begins at 7am on day one in Launceston and ends upon arrival in Launceston on day six around 4:30pm. Please take this into consideration when booking travel.
  • This is camping/backpacking trip where you will be carrying much of your supplies and will be setting up camp yourself each night. Guests traveling alone may have to share a tent with another traveler of the same gender. You will be carrying a portion of the group’s food as well as your tent and personal items; you can expect your pack to weigh anywhere from 30-35 pounds (15KG)
  • All meals are included in the price of this trip but you will need to bring your own snacks for in between meals while on the trail.

Essential Packing List

Please see the packing list in the PDF itinerary packet for more information about what you will need on this trip.

  • Backpacking backpack with at least 65 L of capacity and a raincover
  • Hiking Clothing: mix of lightweight quick-drying clothes and warmer layers
  • Hiking Boots: comfortable with good tread that you can walk in all day
  • Camp Shoes: comfortable footwear for wearing in the evenings and on shorter walks
  • Sport or Water Sandals
  • Warm Jacket or Fleece
  • Rain Jacket and/or Windbreaker
  • Water Bottle or Bladder for a Hydration Pack
  • Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Hat
  • Headlamp or Flashlight
  • Toiletries

Optional Packing List

  • Small First Aid Kit (Your guide will have a large one)
  • Sleep Aids: such as ear plugs or eye mask
  • Trekking Poles
  • Camera, Spare Batteries, Power Bank (You will have access to power to recharge your items)
  • Swimwear
  • Good Book or Journal

Itinerary & Accommodations Disclaimer

The itineraries on Intrepid trips are updated frequently to reflect the current state of the destination and based on guest comments. Therefore it is essential that you review the itinerary information directly before your trip as there may have been changes since you booked with us. Additionally, weather, holidays, local conditions, transportation schedules, and a variety of other factors may cause us to change the itinerary during your adventure. Your guide will inform you of any changes to your trip as soon as the information is available.

Similarly, the accommodation types listed here are meant to be used as a guideline and are not guaranteed.  It is sometimes necessary to make alternative arrangements due to a lack of availability or a change in itinerary. In these situations, we will use like standard of accommodation.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

Starting Point

  • This tour beings with a pickup at 7am on day 1 at Macpac Launceston
  • Macpac Launceston, 22-26 Kingsway, Launceston, AUSTRALIA
    • Phone: +61 (0)3 63491091
  • A mandatory orientation meeting will take place at this same location at 2pm the DAY BEFORE your trip begins.

Ending Point

  • This tour ends upon arrival in Launceston on day 6 around 4:30pm
  • Macpac Launceston, 22-26 Kingsway, Launceston, AUSTRALIA
    • Phone: +61 (0)3 63491091

Health and Safety Considerations

The health and well-being of guests and guides is Intrepid’s top priority. Please review our itinerary and activities carefully to assess whether you are able to cope with and enjoy this particular trip. If our group leader or any local guide determines a guest is not able to participate in the itinerary without undue risk to themselves or others in the group, we reserve the right to deny said guest access to all or a portion of the trip without refund.

Group Size & Age Requirements

  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Minimum Group Size: 1
  • Maximum Group Size: 10

Weather in Tasmania

Travelers will need to be prepared for any kind of weather as Tasmania can experience very hot and very cold and wet weather, sometime within the same day. The warmest season in Tasmania in summer from December to March where highs can be from the low 60s to the low 70s F. Winter brings highs in the 30s and 40s F.

Even in summer, Tasmania can experience cold, windy, and wet temperatures because of its proximity to Antarctica. Sitting at a latitude of about 40 degrees south as the southern most tip of Australia, this island often experiences the “roaring 40s”– strong westerly winds that come from Antarctica– that make even the day time very cold. Travelers should come prepared for all extremes from hot and dry to rainy and wet.

It is recommended to keep on eye on the forecast leading up to your trip so that you will have more detailed information about what the weather will be. But keep in mind that the weather in alpine regions of Tasmania can change suddenly and without warning.

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