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New Parks Authority

10/07/2013

The future management of Tasmania's world class reserve system will be guided by a new authority to match its status, the Environment, Parks and Heritage Minister Brian Wightman said today.More

Facelift and safety improvements for Gunns Plains Cave

03/07/2013

A combined effort from contractors and experienced Karstcare volunteers has resulted in significant infrastructure improvements to visitor facilities at Gunns Plains Cave.More

Temporary closure of Maria Island for wildlife management operation

24/06/2013

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) will undertake a wildlife population control operation at Maria Island National Park during the week 30 June to 5 July, during which time the island will be closed to the public.More

Overland Track

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The Overland Track - Australia's premier long-distance walking track

 

Watch our latest video podcast or listen to our audio podcast for a taste of what it is like to walk the Overland Track!

The Overland Track is Australia’s iconic ‘must-do’ long-distance bushwalk. It’s a 65 km, six-day trek through the heart of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, part of the magnificent Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

The stunning scenery and the physical challenge of the Overland Track have assured it a national and international reputation as one of the great wilderness bushwalks.

The walk starts at Ronny Creek in Cradle Valley, beside the renowned Cradle Mountain. Over the next six days, walkers journey through a landscape of spectacular gla­cially-carved valleys, ancient rainforests, fragrant eucalypt forest, golden buttongrass moorlands and beautiful alpine meadows. Extra bonuses include a variety of side-trips to breathtaking waterfalls and mountain summits, including Mt Ossa (1617 m) – Tasmania’s highest peak. To top it off, the walk concludes at Australia’s deepest lake – Lake St Clair.

Most walkers finish their walk at Narcissus Hut at the head of Lake St Clair. Here they board a ferry which takes them to the Lake St Clair Visitor Centre at Cynthia Bay. Some walkers, however, choose to walk around the lake through the rainforest, which extends the walk a further 17.5 km and requires another day.

While six days is the average time taken to walk the track, you can create your own pace, depending on how many rest days or side-trips you wish to enjoy.