Tasmania & The Cradle Mountain Hut Hike

Pack your bags and get ready to experience a different side of Australia! For six days you will be trekking and nature walking through the most beautiful of sceneries. You will get to travel the iconic Overland Track and retreat each evening to the only private accommodation along the trail. Over 6 days, the rare beauty and diversity of Tasmania’s World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair National Park are yours to discover.

Expert guides take the lead across this ancient landscape, converting to chefs at night. They’ll also take the heavy load, leaving you with a lightweight pack. At the end of each day, retreat to a hot shower, sumptuous meals, freshly baked bread, a glass of Tasmanian wine, and a comfortable bed. We’ll take you all the way to Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest freshwater lake. Disconnect fully and embrace nature fully!

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Launceston Arrival

Launceston Arrival
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Accommodation: Quamby Estate

Welcome to Tasmania! Upon arrival, you will make your way from the airport to your hotel at Quamby Estate, 20 minutes from the airport. (This service is on a private basis.)

*Pre-arranged transport can be organized with Quamby Estate at an additional cost if you wish. Taxis, as well as Uber are available.

Day 2: Launceston - Waldheim - Barn Bluff Hut

Launceston - Waldheim - Barn Bluff Hut
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Waldheim to Barn Bluff Hut
  • Accommodation: Cradle Mountain Huts
  • Meals: B, L, D

Waldheim to Barn Bluff Hut

Your journey begins at Waldheim in Cradle Valley! Venture through ancient temperate rainforest and pass the dramatic glacially-carved Crater Lake. Climb the steepest section of the whole Overland Track and a hearty lunch with a great view. After lunch, you will reach Marion's Lookout! Even though it takes about one hour to reach with steps leading through stepper sections, the reward is absolutely worth it! If weather allows, the stunning views of Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake make every uphill step worth it.

Continue around the base of Cradle Mountain along the edge of a spectacular glacial cirque before dropping into Waterfall Valley. Your very own private hut awaits beneath towering Barn Bluff. The hut is the perfect welcome after hours of walking through the alpine plateau. The hike is around 7 hours long.(This service is on a group basis.)

Day 3: Barn Bluff Hut - Pine Forest Moor Hut

Barn Bluff Hut - Pine Forest Moor Hut
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Barn Bluff Hut to Pine Forest Moor Hut
  • Accommodation: Cradle Mountain Huts
  • Meals: B, L, D

Barn Bluff Hut to Pine Forest Moor Hut

Rise and shine! Today you will be walking across plains where glaciers once stood. You will slowly move and scour out shallow tarns. Although an undulating trek with a few sections of exposed moorland, there are no significant climbs today. Take your time venturing across vast grass plains where ancient pencil pines fringe alpine tarns. Rising from the moors, the peaks of Cradle Mountain and Barn Bluff are now behind you. As you rise, the amazing Mt. Pelion West comes to view.

This evening, enjoy an outdoor dining experience with beautiful views of the Mt. Oakleigh, at Pine Forest Moor Hut. It will take an approximate of 6 hours walking.

If you are looking for an additional challenge, you can take a side trip to Lake Hill! Hugged by pencil pines and with its narrow quartzite sand rim, Lake Will is striking. Keep an eye out for gravel mounds along the way, remnants of Joseph Will’s coal mining efforts in the 1890s. (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 4: PIne Forest Moor Hut - Pelion Hut

PIne Forest Moor Hut - Pelion Hut
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Pine Forest Moor Hut to Pelion Hut
  • Accommodation: Cradle Mountain Huts
  • Meals: B, L, D

Pine Forest Moor Hut to Pelion Hut

This morning, venture through the gorgeous myrtle-beech rainforest as we descend around the base of Mt Pelion West, down to the Forth River before it plunges into Lemonthyme Valley. You will take a break at Frog flats beside the Forth River, which is Overland Track's lowest point. From here, it's a gentle ascent back out of the valley. Leave the thick Eucalypt forest behind as the trees part and reveal Pelion Plains. The amazing views of Mt. Oakleigh's dolerite spires now come into play.

The Pelion Plains area offers a host of side trips, hugged by mountainous terrain. There are excellent swimming holes, peaceful nooks to rest, and abandoned copper mines to explore. Come nightfall, you’ll be nestled amongst dry sclerophyll forest at Pelion Hut. The approximate walking time is 5 hours. (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 5: Pelion Hut - Kia Ora Hut

Pelion Hut - Kia Ora Hut
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Pelion Hut to Kia Ora Hut
  • Accommodation: Cradle Mountain Huts
  • Meals: B, L, D

Pelion Hut to Kia Ora Hut

Today start your day with a climb to Pelion Gap at 300M through the beautiful rainforest. Pelion Gap is a plateau stretching between Mt Pelion East and Mt Ossa, affording fantastic views to the south as well as back to the north. From Pelion Gap, it's a further two hours of gentle downhill to the hut. Today, choose to keep things relaxed or challenge yourself to stand atop the island’s highest point. Once you arrive at Kia Ora Hut, enjoy a Tasmanian drop with spectacular views out to Cathedral Mountain. Approximately 4-9 hours of walking (optional 5hr side trip to Mt. Ossa).

There’s plenty of time for side trips from Pelion Gap including the option to summit Mt. Ossa. At 1617m, it is Tasmania’s highest peak. There are other less challenging climbs, including Mt. Doris. (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 6: Kia Ora Hut - Windy Ridge Hut

Kia Ora Hut - Windy Ridge Hut
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Kia Ora Hut to Windy Ridge Hut
  • Accommodation: Cradle Mountain Huts
  • Meals: B, L, D

Kia Ora Hut to Windy Ridge Hut

Day 5 is all about icy-flowing waterfalls! Depart Kia Ora hut and walk about an hour to Du Cane, where a 1910-built hut remains from the long-gone days of animal trapping. Du Cane Hut is a fine spot to rest, surrounded by native gardens and overlooked by the spectacular Du Cane Range.

From here, we wander through some of the oldest forests in the National Park, with King Billy pines as much as 2000 years old. Now, we are above the Mersey River, which descends deeply northward towards the Bass Strait.

There are three major sets of waterfalls in the area. You will get to visit one or more of these, choosing the best to have lunch beside depending on conditions. During the afternoon, make your way over Du Cane Gap, then descend beside the spectacular Falling Mountain to Windy Ridge Hut. Tonight is a celebratory one, your last evening on the track. Approximate walking time: 4Hrs. (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 7: Windy Ridge Hut - Lake St. Clair - Launceston

Windy Ridge Hut - Lake St. Clair - Launceston
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Windy Ridge Hut to Lake St. Clair
  • Accommodation: Cradle Mountain Huts
  • Meals: B, L

Windy Ridge Hut to Lake St. Clair

Your destination today is Australia’s deepest natural lake, Lake St Clair! The lake is shaped by glaciations over two million years. Birdsong helps you along this final day as we walk mainly through flowering dry sclerophyll forests. You arrive at Narcissus at the northern end of Lake St Clair in time for lunch and before boarding the Idaclair cruise boat for a spectacular 17km cruise back to Cynthia Bay. You will have half an hour to look around the Visitor Centre here.

The return trip to Quamby Estate is through the trout fishing mecca of the highland lakes, descending the rugged Western Tiers. We’ll cross the broad plains of the Northern Midlands, passing through the rural townships of Cressy and Longford. After the journey is over, you will be transferred to your hotel for the night. (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 8: Launceston Departure

Launceston Departure
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Accommodation: Quamby Estate
  • Meals: B

Although your Australia adventure must come to an end today, you will be leaving with new friends, amazing experiences and memories to cherish for the rest of your life. Once you have checked out of your hotel in Launceston, you will make your own way to the airport for your international flight.

We wish you safe and happy travels home! (This service is on a private basis.)

*Pre-arranged transport can be organized with Quamby Estate at an additional cost if you wish. Taxis, as well as Uber are available.


Quamby Estate

Quamby Estate

Quamby Estate is a boutique country retreat in Tasmania’s pristine Meander Valley. The 10-bedroom property is rich in history dating back to the 1830s and is just 20 minutes from Launceston. Quamby Estate was the ancestral home of Tasmania’s first-born Premier, Sir Richard Dry and has been lovingly restored offering extensive entertaining areas, a restaurant or private dining room if you prefer, lounge rooms, a library and an executive chef to design exquisite menus showcasing Tasmania’s gourmet local produce. Its charming Anglo-Indian designed architecture and period antiques and fireplaces combine modern luxuries to offer the complete country getaway. Quamby Estate boasts a tennis court, tree-lined laneways, hiking and bike trails, lakes and streams and a golf course in which Sir Richard Branson holds the Number 1 Membership. Guests can enjoy a stay in their own luxurious room or hire the whole estate exclusively for a special event.

Cradle Mountain Huts

Cradle Mountain Huts

The only operating private hut accommodation along the Overland Track is a great privilege, and we take our responsibility toward the National Park & the natural environment very seriously. Operating in such a delicate environment, Cradle Mountain Huts places a great deal of importance on minimal impact track and hut practices and the huts are designed to be ecologically sustainable. Each hut is architecturally designed to maximize cross flow ventilation and operate with maximum efficiency with renewable energy. Our private Cradle Mountain Huts are maintained by us to ensure your comfort. There will be afternoon tea, as well as some time to relax and enjoy your surroundings before dinner is served. In the evening, you are free to relax or take an early night and feel refreshed and revived in the morning. There are games and a number of books in each hut, which can be enjoyed in the lounge area or, in warm weather, out on the deck or helipad. The remote location of the huts demands that they are autonomous in terms of service. Rainwater is channeled off the roofs into tanks and the huts incorporate self-composting, water-free batching toilets. We provide phosphorous-free soap for our guests, and all waste water is separated through grease traps and sand filters. The residue is regularly removed from each site, along with all other rubbish. Gas and solar are the only sources of power, used for lighting, heating, and cooking. Provisioning of these huts is a unique procedure, once again due to their remote location. Only twice each season, supplies of food, wine, and gas cylinders are flown in by helicopter over a two-day period, while all garbage and waste matter is flown out. Nothing is left within the National Park.

Pricing and Details

Starting from $ 7,650 per person

*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.

Price Includes

  • Full support before, during & after your trip
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Accommodation as mentioned
  • Tours/activities as mentioned
  • Transport as mentioned

Price Excludes

  • International & domestic flights
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Entrance visas when applicable
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Tips and gratuities to guides, drivers
  • Taxes and fees

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