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The Overland Track holds legendary status as one of the finest walks in Australia. Walking from north to south over six days we cover the highest area of Tasmania, from the epic craggy spires of Cradle Mountain to the rainforest‑clad shores of the deepest natural lake in the Southern Hemisphere, Lake St Clair.
The World Heritage listed landscape is truly breathtaking and will leave you enchanted, inspired and feeling completely connected. With each day and every step, the scenery on the trail varies dramatically taking you through ancient Myrtle forest, glaciated dolerite landscapes, past plateaus covered in sparkling tarns and lakes and to Tasmania’s highest peak Mt Ossa.
You will have up close encounters with the unique and endemic animals that call this wonderful area home.This full pack trek is suitable for first time bushwalkers as the inclusion of food drops and modern equipment will keep your pack as light as possible. Your professional guides will ensure your adventure is immensely memorable and enjoyable, providing support and care, creating delicious meals, and bringing the track to life with their local knowledge and enthusiasm for the Tasmanian wilderness.
*This trip is run with our friends at Tasmanian Expeditions.
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I’m nervous to attend, is this normal?
Nerves are normal. Even the most experienced adventurers still get nervous. Part of going on an adventure is seeking the “unknown”. Our guides will support you along the way and the best part? Other women in the group are just like you. Not many women know each other and after the first few minutes of introductions you will feel like you’ve hiked or kayaked with us plenty of times before.
Is there a minimum or maximum age limit?
All trips are for women over the age of 18 years. We don’t have an age limit however, we encourage you to read the grading to ensure you are feeling fit and confident to complete the adventure.
What are the ages of women who attend?
Ages range from mid 20’s to late 60's. The average age of women attending trips is 45 years.
Can I request a single supplement instead of twin share at Penny Royal?
Please contact us as each trip varies with arrangements and accommodation. For example, some places we go adventuring to only have twin share availability.
Do trips include international or domestic flights?
No. We don’t arrange, organise or book flights for women. Our booking confirmation email will make suggestions on appropriate flights however, Women Want Adventure does not take responsibility for flight cancellations or additional travel arrangements.
* All prices are per person and listed in Australian Dollars (AUD). All prices shown are GST inclusive where applicable.
Arrive Launceston and make your own way to your accommodation. The Overland Track trip commences with a COMPULSORY pre-tour briefing at Tasmanian Expeditions Offices: 3/33 Churchill Park Drive, Invermay at 2pm.
It is essential you make your travel arrangements to enable you to attend this briefing and that you bring along with you all of the gear and clothing required for your expedition. The briefing will be approximately 2 hours in duration and will include:
Overnight Penny Royal Hotel, Launceston (included). Pre trip dinner meal (at own cost)
We pick you up from your Launceston accommodation between 7-7.30am and drive 2.5 hours to Waldheim, ‘forest home’, where our Overland Track trek begins. The morning is spent walking up past lakes and tarns to the top of the Cradle Plateau where we are rewarded with views of Dove Lake and an endless horizon of impressive mountain ranges. After lunch, weather and time permitting, we may opt for a side trip to the craggy summit of Cradle Mountain before making our way to Waterfall Valley for our first night under the stars.
Walking Distance: 10km + side trips | Walking Time: 5 hours + side trips
After breakfast at our campsite we continue south to Lake Windermere. A leisurely day that offers
time for a side trip to Lake Will – named after a coal prospector in the 1800s. There is opportunity
to have a relaxing lunch and swim from the sandy shores of Lake Will. Returning to our packs we
head back across the rolling buttongrass plains to our stunning campsite. We spend the afternoon
kicking back with a hot drink taking in the fabulous views from camp, and perhaps having another
Walking Distance: 8km + side trips | Walking Time: 3 hours + side trips
Today is a wild day of moorlands and mountain views. We don our packs and walk across Pine
Forest Moor with spectacular views across the massive Forth River Valley to the lofty heights of Mt
Oakleigh and to today’s destination at its base. We descend around Mount Pelion West to a popular lunch spot at Frog Flats. After lunch we walk up through tall, lush forest onto the great expanse of
Pelion Plains. We have the option of a short side trip to Old Pelion Hut to gain a deeper appreciation
of the park’s rich history.
Walking Distance: 17km | Walking Time: 7 hours
From camp we continue walking south through Myrtle forest, past tufted Pandani trees, then up to the saddle (1113m) between Mount Pelion East and Mount Ossa. This is the perfect place for a well deserved rest. In fine weather climbing Mount Ossa – Tasmania’s highest peak at 1617m – is without a doubt one of the highlights of the Overland Track. With magnificent views in all directions we continue south into Pinestone Valley to our creek-side campsite overlooking the grand spires of Cathedral Mountain.
Walking Distance: 9km + side trips | Walking Time: 5 hours + side trips
Today we walk through towering rainforests of Leatherwood and Sassafrass trees, heading towards
three of Tasmania’s largest and most spectacular waterfalls. The first we visit is Fergusson Falls, named after a former ranger at Lake St Clair, followed by Dalton Falls. The third of these enchanting falls is the spectacular Hartnett Falls, named after Paddy Hartnett, an eccentric Irish bushman who was rarely seen without his bowler hat. We walk up through Du Cane Gap then descend to our campsite at Bert Nichols.
Walking Distance: 10km + side trips | Walking Time: 4 hours + side trips
Today we pack our backpacks for the final day on the track, which takes us through mixed eucalyptus and stands of temperate rainforest to the shore of Lake St Clair, the deepest natural lake in the Southern Hemisphere. As we near Lake St Clair we can gaze up to the peaks of Mt Ida and majestic Mount Olympus. We catch a 30 minute ferry across the lake, providing spectacular views back upon the mountains we’ve walked past, and a wonderful conclusion to our Overland Track trek. After time to explore the visitor centre and a celebratory lunch, we board the bus for our return drive across the Central Plateau to Launceston. You will be dropped off at your Launceston accommodation at approximately 5pm.
Walking Distance: 9km | Walking Time: 3 hours
Overnight Penny Royal Hotel, Launceston
meals: B,L and farewell Women Want Adventure dinner at Penny Royal resturant 6.30pm
Your trip concludes after breakfast today. Own arrangeemnts to the airport for your onward flights.
This trip involves trekking for up to six or seven hours a day. The terrain is rugged and remote. Tracks may be long, rough and steep. Over the trip you will walk along boardwalks, up and down steps, through overgrown forests and through muddy sections. This trek should not be underestimated as it can be tough and challenging. You will need a good level of fitness and must be in good health.Suggested preparation: We recommend one hour of strenuous exercise 3‑4 times per week (this can be cycling, jogging or walking) interspersed with relatively demanding bushwalks carrying a full pack weight (up to 20kg). At least once a week, you should walk with a weighted day pack (5–7kg) for several hours for leg strengthening and aerobic fitness. The best exercise is multi day bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents and in variable weather conditions.
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