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The Overland Track is a 48.3 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, Australia that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from November until April.

Length 48.3 mi Elevation gain 7,634 ft Route type Point to Point

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Permits required from October to May. During these months, the walk must be completed north to south and you will need to reserve in advance. Around 8000 people from all around Australia and the world walk the track each year. It is a challenging hike that requires good physical fitness. The weather along the route can be unpredictable, so bring cold weather gear and waterproof shoes.

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Calista .
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An absolute must for hiking enthusiasts! I went in February 2020 and experienced a heat wave, extreme winds, rain and snow. You have to be prepared for it all. There is always room in the huts to sleep, even if you have to sleep under a table in the kitchen. I did the full track (didn’t take the ferry) in 6 days but next time I will plan to stay 7-8 days so I can do more side trails and mountains. For a little more insight - https://youtu.be/T0TYYJ4w2u4

Hilary Willard
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We did the track in February 2020. We had incredible weather - no rain the entire time, except overnight on day 4. Hiked the entire track including around Lake St. Clair which was worth it because we saw an echidna finally on the last day. There were so many highlights. Side trips are optional but don’t skip the waterfalls! Pelion Hut at sunset is magical. If you want to see Tassie wildlife that is the spot.

Robyn Rottinger
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The Overland Track is a stunning piece right in the Tassie Wilderness. The fitter you are the better as when I did it I was not fit at all. So I had to double the time between huts. it's stunningly majestic but tough going in parts and mainly up hill. This walk is one of the hardest things I have ever done and survived. Walking through river beds and tree roots from Alpine forests, button grass marsh, rain forest to eucalypt forest. Preparation is key, personal locator beacons a must. Arduous at times and totally challenging, we did it 6 days, but give yourself more time, maybe 8-10 days to really enjoy the beauty

Shane Pinder
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Check out my detailed Overland Track video on YouTube: Global Travel Stories https://youtu.be/u_7yAj0oVrk Amazing Trail! Great scenery and very well maintained.. A little muddy in areas and some scrambling on the optional journeys but well worth it!

Ryan Siacci
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Believe the hype.

Dymphna Anna
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Hiking

An absolutely incredible journey. My only regret is that I didn’t spend longer on the trail. I wished I could have stayed and hiked the last stretch to Cynthia Bay, along with an additional overnight trip to Pine Valley Hut. The track is quite weather dependent but if you are well prepared it is fine. A humbling, inspiring, and beautiful track that shows you the best of Tasmanian wilderness.

Stevie Politis
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Truly spectacular. Make time for side routes and the walk from Narcissus Hut to Echo Point and Cynthia Bay. We had rain and hail and 70km winds and only on the last day did we have sun... But the weather made the hike that more exciting and challenging, and the views were still beyond incredible. I would recommend purchasing gortex pants and jacket and sealskins. This hike is a must-do if you have 7-9 days up your sleeve... 6 days was just not enough to complete the side routes, and a lot of hikers were rushing to catch the ferry.

Hanah Kim
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Incredible hike with lots of wildlife. Be sure to take the side trip to summit Mount Ossa, the highest peak in Tasmania!

Chris Tost
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Patty van Hest
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Hiking

Walked the Overland track twice (first time with a 8 and 6 y/o as well, second time with 4 kids) and also walked into Pine Valley from Lake StClair site, in winter. All walks enormously enjoyable. The winter one was stunning, we managed to have to hit to ourselves and were super cosy. Pity the secret has been out so long and it is busy for a big part of the year.

Amy Mapes Diefes
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Weather was at its finest! In 5 days we saw sun, shade, snow, hail, pelting rain and showers. We had plenty of fallen trees to scramble over and mud to traverse! Lots of mud!! A little bit of everything. It made an extraordinary trail all the more challenging. Huts were clean but almost all had no heat. Toilets were compost. A few bodies made it tolerable. We made nice friends along the way and compared notes. With a bit of training and proper gear it is a wonderful experience never to be forgotten.

Anna Marie
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Andrew Hill
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Hiking

One of the best trail runs ever completed. Such great scenery.

Anne-Marie Nash
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Hiking

we walked this track in mid October 2018. very mixed weather conditions, it even snowed! Beautiful, would love to walk it again.

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