Your guides will lead you through the mountainous and stunning Central Highlands of Tasmania, enhancing your understanding of the nature and history of the areas you visit, making sure that everything goes smoothly. Each night we stay in comfortable accommodation to enjoy a shower and a good night’s sleep. We will enjoy our evening meal in a local restaurant each night.
Please note, the plan may alter depending on weather conditions and local advice.
Day 2: Mt Field NP, The Tarn Shelf Walk
Departing early from Hobart we make our way to Mt Field National Park where we set out on the park’s flagship walk, the Tarn Shelf Walk. A steep drive up to Lake Dobson brings us to the start from where we will get up to and along the Tarn Shelf. A bit of a climb gets us up to the small mountain lakes, or tarns, of the Rodway Range, with magnificent views over the glacier-formed landscape.
You will think you are in the Lord of the Rings as we pass through this amazing country. Lunch will be in one of the high country huts, before we enter a more wooded part of the trail and back to the Lake Dobson. Todays walk is a challenging and quite long, but well worth the views and scenery of this absolutely stunning area.
We’ll head to our accommodation at the Giants Table Cottages in Maydena.
Day 3: Overland Track, Lake St Clair – Cynthia Bay to Echo Point
It’s a couple of hours drive to Lake St Clair where we’ll take a nice walk on the iconic Overland Track. We will take the ferry to Echo Point and walk back to the main settlement alongside the picturesque lake. We walk through an enchanting temperate rainforest. Sassafras, myrtle, celery-top pine and leatherwood provide a thick canopy for the moses, lichens and fungi below.
Our accommodation for the next two nights is in the very nice cabins at Lake St Clair and we’ll eat together at the Lake St Clair Lodge.
Day 4: Lake St Clair – Mt Rufus Circuit or Shadow Lake Circuit
19km or 12km
A challenging but amazing day walking the Mt Rufus circuit awaits us! This 18.5km walk takes us through a wide variety of vegetation and landscapes as we make our way up to the summit of Mt Rufus. From the summit the views over the surrounding mountain ranges are sensational.
There is an option for those who want a shorter day to do the Shadow Lake Circuit. This reduces the walk by about 2 hours and cuts out most of the vertical ascent.
At the end of the day we can walk straight into our Lake St Clair cabins and enjoy a rejuvenating shower.
Day 5: Cradle Mountain, Dove Lake Circuit
Today is a mixture of driving and walking. First up it’s a 3 hour drive to Cradle Mountain, a great time to recover after yesterday’s strenuous walk and get your energy back for your afternoon walk in Cradle Mountain.The views of the passing landscape are absolutely incredible as we drive.
At Cradle Mountain we will complete the popular and picturesque Dove Lake Circuit before heading to our accommodation.
Accommodation: Cradle Mountain Discovery Holiday Park
Day 6: Overland Track, Cradle Mountain area
Depending on the weather and the energy levels of the group, there are a number of options for today’s walk. We’ll enjoy imposing mountain vistas, pristine glacial lakes, vast buttongrass plains, freezing cascades and an all round fantastic day of walking. This is a fairly busy park – and we’ll see why! This is the start point of the world renown Overland track.
It’s a short drive out of the park to our 2nd night at the Cradle Mountain Discovery Holiday Park.
Day 7: Cradle Mountain to Launceston
There’s still time for one last walk this morning. With lots of options we will choose a walk based on the weather conditions. We then say goodbye to the wild mountain country and head to our departure city of Launceston, arriving around 3pm, in time to catch an evening flight home.