Tasmania: Overland Track Hut to Hut Hiking
Tasmania, Australia's smallest and only island state, is a place of great contrasts. From wild ocean beaches and lush rainforests to rugged mountains and delicate alpine moorlands, Tasmania is rich in history and beauty. REI Adventures and Cradle Mountain Huts have teamed up to provide you an extraordinary trekking adventure along the world-famous Overland Track. You'll discover the rare beauty and diversity of Tasmania's UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain - Lake St. Clair National Park by following this renowned trek that extends from Cradle Valley to Lake St. Clair through a variety of spectacular landscapes. You'll hike pass rainforests covered in emerald green moss, pristine mountain lakes, and picturesque waterfalls before reaching the shores of Lake St. Clair. At the end of each day's trek, we'll stay in welcoming private huts that were designed to blend in with their natural surroundings. Each mountain hut provides twin share accommodations and hot showers. In the evenings, guests can share their day's highlights while enjoying delicious meals served with Tasmanian wine. A truly spectacular journey to revive the senses.
Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.
Overland Track Hut to Hut Hiking Itinerary:
Day 1 Set off for the Overland Track -a classic trek that feels undiscovered.
Day 2 Explore the rugged beauty of Tasmania with peaks of Cradle Mountain, Barn Bluff and Mt. Pelion West surrounding you.
Day 3 The scenery changes every day. From mountains to river valleys, a feast for the eyes.
Day 4 If you're feeling energetic, climb Mt. Ossa, the highest mountain in Tasmania.
Day 5 Today's hike takes us through the oldest forest in the park that is home to 2000 year old pine trees.
Day 6 Finish this world-class trek at Lake St Clair, Australia's deepest lake and the end point of the Overland Track.
Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule above, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions.
Combine this walk with a Bay of Fires Walk for a complete Tasmania experience!
Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.
Trip accommodations are based on double occupancy. If you are willing to share we will pair up single travelers and no single supplement will be due. To guarantee a single room for the duration of the walk a supplementary charge of 75% of trip cost will apply. There is very limited availability, and single accommodations are provided on a first come, first serve basis.
All accommodations; transfers from/to Launceston to Quamby Estate; all meals as noted on itinerary plus non-alcoholic beverages with a limited selection of Tasmanian wine; National Park and Overland Track passes; boat transfer across Lake St. Clair (day 6); use of backpack and Gore-Tex® jacket for duration of walk; sleeping bags and pillows; sleeping sheet and pillowcase; professional guides.
Air transportation to Launceston; transfers from/to airport; departure taxes; guide gratuities; excess baggage charges; items of a personal nature such as beer or liquor, cost of obtaining a passport, immunizations and insurance.
REI Adventures standard payment and cancellation policies do not apply to the Overland Track Hut to Hut Hiking trip. A special cancellation policy applies which is stricter than the REI policy. A deposit of $500 per person is required for confirmation. Full payment for the Cradle Mountains trip is due at 90 days before departure. For any cancellations outside of 90 days, $250 of the deposit is non-refundable. Within 90 days, REI Adventures' standard policy applies.
This trip is rated Moderate . Some prior hiking experience is beneficial and all participants should plan on engaging in a regular exercise regimen beginning at least 2-3 months prior to departure. As some of the hikes include steep ascents and descents, stair climbing is an excellent way to prepare for this adventure in addition to walking, hiking and/or running. A typical day hike will average 4-8 miles in length with varied terrain. Each day will allow plenty of time to sit and rest as well as for exploring. All guests will be carrying a pack containing personal items (clothes, toiletries and sleeping sheet/pillowcase). Backpack should not weigh more than 20 lbs. as long as only the suggested gear is packed. The minimum age to participate on this trip is 12 years.
Tasmania's weather has four distinct seasons. Spring spans September, October and November, and brings oceans of wildflowers. Average daily temperatures are 45 – 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The warmest months are December, January, February and March. The average summer temperatures are usually between 60 - 75 degrees F. Tasmania's location below the 40th parallel means the summer evenings display a lingering twilight.
This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).
We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.
Tasmania: Overland Track Hut to Hut Hiking
The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. Try to bring only what is necessary—this will help you and the field staff.
- 50 liter pack
- Gore-Tex® jacket
- Sleeping sheet and pillowcase
- Sleeping pad and pillow
- Valid passport
- Airline tickets
- Tourist visa (ETA)
- Duffel bag (wheels and retractable handle are fine), sturdy and large enough to hold clothing and gear
- Passport security pouch or belt
- Luggage tags and luggage lock
- Lightweight, easily washable items for travel or sight-seeing
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Long-sleeve shirts
- Hiking shorts
- Hiking pants
- Warm pants and tops for huts
- Thermal underwear top/bottom
- Hiking socks
- Sock liners
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Lightweight sweater
- Lightweight wool hat
- Tall gaiters
- Rain pants
- Gloves or mittens
- Sun hat
- Hiking boots with ankle support, water repellent, broken-in - required
- Lightweight footwear (sport sandals or flip-flops) for hut wear
- Trekking poles
- One-quart water bottle
- Towel - light and quick to dry
- Headlamp or small flashlight
- Sunglasses and retainer strap
- Sunblock and lip balm w/high SPF
- Personal first-aid kit, small
- Toiletry kit
- Ziploc bags to separate wet items from dry
- Camera, memory cards
- Reading and writing materials
- Insect repellent
- Watch with alarm or travel alarm
- Small mirror (especially if you wear contacts)
- Light weight foldable day pack (should pack down to pocket size)
Things to Consider
- Remember to always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, medications, and a change of clothing (including hiking boots) in your carry-on baggage, in case your luggage is delayed.
- Lace-up walking boots must have ankle support and treaded soles. We cannot over-emphasize the importance of appropriate footwear. Unfortunately you will be unable to commence the trek without the appropriate footwear.
- Hiking in denim jeans is not recommended.
- Cotton is wonderful in hot weather or in the evenings. However, once it becomes wet, it will drain your body heat. Bring wool, or polyester fabrics such as Capilene® or MTS®, which will insulate even if they get wet.
- Stuff sacks are great for sorting gear. Use different sizes/colors to differentiate contents.
- If you wear prescription glasses, use a safety cord and bring an extra pair if possible. Contact lens wearers should also bring an extra set, or bring eyeglasses for a backup.
Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.