Overland Track

“Beginning at the iconic Cradle Mountain and ending at Australia’s deepest lake – Lake St Clair, this 65 kilometre, six-day trek takes you through the heart of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, part of the magnificent Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Your journey will be physically demanding, emotionally challenging and scenically spectacular. This is a landscape of glacially carved valleys, ancient rainforests, fragrant eucalypt forests, golden buttongrass moorlands and beautiful alpine meadows. Optional side-trips take you to cascading waterfalls and mountain summits, including Tasmania’s highest peak, Mount Ossa (1617 m).”


Tasmania’s Overland Track was my gateway back into long-distance hiking after sustaining a foot injury in 2014. Ultimately I enjoyed some other Australian hikes more (the Larapinta, the Thorsborne Trail), but the OT is a jewel and I would recommend it to hikers visiting its section of the world.


1. Introduction

2. Lady

3. Launceston

4. Unconventional

5. Not Dead Yet

6. Lakes

7. Rocks, Rocks, Rocky Rocks

8. Mt. Ossa

9. Waterfall Day

10. Mice vs. Possums

11. Beware the Possums

12. How Much Would You Pay for a Boat Ride?

13. Concluding Thoughts

All Entries

Overland Track website, managed by the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service: https://parks.tas.gov.au/explore-our-parks/cradle-mountain/overland-track
Overland Track journals: https://www.trailjournals.com/journals/Overland_Track_Tasmania