Cradle Mountain Huts

6 DAY / 5 NIGHT TRIP
 

Australia - Cradle Mountain Huts

Join us on the iconic Overland Track, retreating each evening to the only private accommodation along the trail. Over 6 days, the rare beauty and diversity of Tasmania’s World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park is yours to discover.

Expert guides take the lead across this ancient landscape, converting to chefs come evening. They will take the heavy load, leaving you with a light weight pack. At the end of each day, relax with a hot shower, a sumptuous meal including freshly baked bread, a glass of Tasmanian wine and a comfortable bed. We’ll take you all the way to Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest freshwater lake.

There will be afternoon tea each day, as well as some down time to relax and enjoy your surroundings before dinner is served.  In the evening, you are free to cozy up with a book or gather for a game or head to bed early in preparation for the next day. Our Cradle Mountain Huts Walk guides are often thought of as our most outstanding asset.  They are passionate, educated, great interpreters and cooks all rolled into one.  Feedback regarding our guides is invariably positive.  The guides will enhance the journey with their knowledge and understanding of the flora, fauna, geology and history of the Overland Track and the wonders of the World Heritage Area.

Operating in such a delicate environment, Cradle Mountain Huts places a great deal of importance on minimal impact track and hut practices and the huts are designed to be ecologically sustainable.  Each hut is a marvel of architectural design, maximizing cross flow ventilation and operating with maximum efficiency with renewable energy. The remote location of the huts demands that they are autonomous in terms of servicing.  Rain water is channeled off the roofs into tanks and the huts incorporate self-composting, water-free batching toilets.  We provide phosphorous-free soap for our guests, and all waste water is separated through grease traps and sand filters. The residue is regularly removed from each site, along with all other rubbish.  Gas and solar are the only sources of power, used for lighting, heating and cooking.

DATES

available upon request

PRICES

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LENGTH

6 Days / 5 Nights

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderate to Challenging

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TYPE

Small Group

 

Cradle Mountain Trip Highlights:

  • Unique Australian Outback Walk

  • Camping in cozy remote huts along the trail

  • Discover the expanse of Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park on foot

  • Fully catered gourmet meals and complimentary wines

  • Trek with experienced guides

  • Small group - Maximum 12 hikers

Walk and explore at an easy pace and discover the unexpected.

Your Experience Includes:

  • 6-day/5-night adventure

  • Cradle Mountain Hut accommodations as indicated in itinerary

  • Expertly designed itinerary

  • Daily catered meals as indicated in itinerary

  • 50 Liter pack provided

  • Expert Guide throughout

  • Arrival meet & greet assistance, departure assistance when arriving and departing on the first and last day of tour

  • All park fees, sanctuary fees, museum and monument entry, government taxes and statutory charges as listed on the itinerary.

  • Detailed Know Before You Go information including packing list, weather forecast, recommended reading lists, websites and more!

It's not that we travel with The Walking Connection,

it's that we won't travel without them!

CARL AND JO ANN DEINER

Itinerary

 

Day 1

Waldheim to Barn Bluff Hut

On the summit of Cradle Mountain in 1910, Austrian-born Gustav Weindorfer proclaimed, “This must be a national park for the people for all time.” It’s fitting our journey begins at Waldheim in Cradle Valley, where Weindorfer’s story is told. We set off on the famous Overland Track, venturing through ancient temperate rainforest, passing the dramatic glacially-carved Crater Lake.

We climb the steepest section of the whole journey today fueled by a hearty lunch. Reaching Marion’s Lookout takes about an hour, with steps leading through steeper sections. The reward, providing weather conditions allow, is staggering views of Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake. Every uphill step is worth it.

We continue around the base of Cradle Mountain along the edge of a spectacular glacial cirque before dropping into Waterfall Valley. Our private hut awaits beneath towering Barn Bluff, a welcome retreat after several hours walking over exposed alpine plateau.

Distance: 12 km

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Barn Bluff Hut

Day 2

Barn Bluff Hut to Pine Forest Moor Hut

Today we walk across plains where glaciers once rested, moving slowly and leaving behind shallow tarns. We take our time venturing across vast button grass plains where ancient pencil pines fringe alpine tarns. Rising from the moors, the peaks of Cradle Mountain and Barn Bluff are behind us. Look ahead, and the stately Mt Pelion West comes into view.

Those looking for an additional challenge today can take a side trip to Lake Will. Hugged by pencil pines and with its narrow quartzite sand rim, Lake Will is striking. Keep an eye out for gravel mounds along the way, remnants of Joseph Will’s coal mining efforts in the 1890s.

This evening, at Pine Forest Moor Hut, enjoy an outdoor dining setting with views as far as Mt. Oakleigh in fine weather.

Distance: 12 km

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation​: Pine Forest Moor Hut

Day 3

Pine Forest Moor Hut to Pelion Hut

This morning we venture through gorgeous myrtle-beech rainforest as we descend around the base of Mt Pelion West, down to the Forth River before it plunges into Lemonthyme Valley. We take a break at Frog Flats beside the Forth River, which happens to be the Overland Track’s lowest point.

From here, we ascend gently back out of the valley. We leave thick Eucalyptus forest behind as the trees part to reveal Pelion Plains. Uninterrupted views of Mt Oakleigh’s dolerite spires now come into play.

The Pelion Plains area offers a host of side trips, hugged by mountainous terrain. There are excellent swimming holes, peaceful nooks to rest and abandoned copper mines to explore. Come nightfall, we are nestled among dry sclerophyll forest at Pelion Hut.

 

Distance: 10 km

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation​: Pelion Hut

Day 4

Pelion Hut to Kia Ora Hut

Today begins with a challenging climb of almost 300m to Pelion Gap through beautiful rainforest. Pelion Gap is a plateau stretching between Mt Pelion East and Mt Ossa, affording fantastic views to the south as well as back to the north.

There’s plenty of time for side trips from Pelion Gap including the option to summit Mt Ossa. At 1617m, it is Tasmania’s highest peak. There are other less challenging climbs, including Mt Doris.

From Pelion Gap it's a further two hours of gentle downhill to the hut. Today, choose to keep things relaxed or challenge yourself to stand atop the island’s highest point. Once we arrive at Kia Ora Hut, enjoy a Tasmanian drop with spectacular views out to Cathedral Mountain.

Distance: 7 km

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Kia Ora Hut

Day 5

Kia Ora Hut to Windy Ridge Hut

Day five is about icy-flowing waterfalls. We depart Kia Ora hut and walk about an hour to Du Cane, where a historic hut built in 1910 stands as a reminder of the long-gone days of animal trapping. Du Cane Hut is a fine spot to rest, surrounded by native gardens and overlooked by the spectacular Du Cane Range. 

From there, we wander through some of the oldest forest in the National Park, with King Billy pines as much as 2000 years old. Now, we are above the Mersey River, which descends deeply northward towards Bass Strait, spilling down cliff faces.

There are three major sets of waterfalls in the area. We aim to visit one or more of these, choosing the best to have lunch beside depending on conditions.

 

During the afternoon, we make our way over Du Cane Gap, then descend beside the spectacular Falling Mountain to Windy Ridge Hut. Tonight is a celebratory one, our last evening on the track.

Distance: 9 km

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Windy Ridge Hut

Day 6

Windy Ridge Hut to Lake St Clair

Our destination today is Australia’s deepest natural lake – Lake St Clair – shaped by glaciations over two million years. Birdsong helps us along this final day as we walk mainly through flowering dry sclerophyll forests.

We arrive at Narcissus at the northern end of Lake St Clair in time for lunch, before boarding the Idaclair cruise boat for a spectacular 17km cruise back to Cynthia Bay. There’s typically around half an hour to look around the Visitor Center here.

The return trip to Entally Lodge is through the trout fishing mecca of the highland lakes, descending the rugged Western Tiers. We’ll cross the broad plains of the Northern Midlands, passing through the rural townships of Cressy and Longford.

Distance: 9 km

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Itinerary: Please note that the details of this itinerary are subject to change. Many of the planned activities are organized according to availability, events or seasonal dates, appropriate weather conditions or the discretion of our guides. We make every effort to provide the experience described in the itinerary with the understanding that some things may change.​

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