The Overland Track is Australia’s most popular long-distance hike for good reason. The leading lady of bushwalking Tasmania, it snakes 65km through the dramatically beautiful and fragile Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Blazed by fur trapper Bert Nicholls in 1930, this multi-day classic is a rocky, rooty, boggy and boarded journey. It passes monolithic dolerite mountains, crosses button-grass moors, and wanders among pandani, the world’s tallest heath plants, and threads through forests of mossy beech trees that litter the track with confetti-like leaves. The Overland Track is not technically difficult. Its challenges are remoteness, carrying a week’s gear, and unpredictable weather. Sun, wind, rain, sleet and snow are all on the cards – even in summer!
A must-do fine-weather side trip is the clamber up dolerite Mt Ossa (1617m), Tasmania’s highest peak. On clear days the summit view reaches well beyond Cradle Mountain (where you started) and Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest lake, where you’ll finish.
Several companies offer guided OT pack walks but the most comfortable way to tackle the track – private huts, hot showers, real beds, and guides who cook – is on an accommodated hike with Cradle Huts.