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


Wallaby


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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