Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Overland Track, Tasmania

Amy McCarthy, Tasmanian Overland Track

The Overland Track is Tasmania’s premier walk and attracts hikers from all over the world. The track winds its way through CradleMountain – Lake St Clair National Park traversing a vast wilderness of exposed alpine plateaus, tranquil lakes, and dense forests of beech, pine and gum. The entire track is within the 1.38 million hectare Tasmanian World Wilderness Heritage Area and home to unique wildlife including: kangaroo, wombat, wallaby, possum, quoll, Platypus, Echidna, tiger snakes, and Tasmanian Devils.

In early February of 2013 Amy and I were blessed with three days of fantastic weather and followed the track from Dove Lake to Lake St Clair, a distance of 65-kilomters. Stopping for the night at Lake Windermere and the Windy Ridge Hut we enjoyed side trips to the summit of Cradle Mountain and Tasmania’s high point — Mt Ossa.

 Summit of Cradle Mountain

High Alpine Plateau

 Camping at Lake Windermere

 Lake Windermere and Barn Bluff

On Route to Pine Forest Moor


Pelion Hut

Snow Skink

 Summit of Mt Ossa

Mersey River Valley

Du Cane Hut

The historic trappers hut was built in 1922

Tasmanian Overland Track

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