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Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair

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Travel through the heart of Tasmania's World Heritage-listed wilderness on this famous 65-kilometre (40.4 miles) trek from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair. Walk the entire Overland Track in six days or do short and day walks from the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre and Dove Lake. Remember the end-to-end walk requires planning. You'll need to book in advance with Tasmania's Parks & Wildlife Service and take with you a good tent and warm sleeping bag. While the route has eight basic stove-heated huts, there's no guarantee of space. The best time to walk the track is between November and April, when the weather is milder and days are longer for Daylight Saving. During April, you can see the spectacular changing colours of the deciduous beech. As well as a physical challenge, this walk is a true communion with nature. You'll see lakes, forests and gorges, mountains and moors, spectacular waterfalls and steep, stony peaks.

At a glance:

  • Ronny Creek carpark - Waterfall Valley – 10km (6.2 miles)
  • Waterfall Valley - Lake Windermere – 8km (5 miles)
  • Lake Windermere - Pelion Plains – 17km (10.6 miles)
  • Pelion Plains - Kia Ora – 9km (5.6 miles)
  • Kia Ora Hut - Windy Ridge – 10km (6.2 miles)
  • Windy Ridge - Lake St. Clair – 18km (11.2 miles)