The Overland Track
palawa Country

4 days, 6 days to 9 days

78.4 km
oneway

↑ 2474 m
↓ -2604 m

Very challenging
The Overland Track is an iconic 4-10 day walk in the heart of Tasmania wilderness. The main spine of this walk guides you through incredibly diverse environments from alpine to lakeside rainforest. Side trips give you access to Mt Ossa, the highest peak in Tasmania as well as many other great peaks, waterfalls and other fantastic places to explore. There are well-established campsites with huts, toilets and tank water each night, a tent is needed as the public huts can not be booked. This track is very popular, especially during summer, you can walk with a guide or do the trip selfguided. Bookings are required during the warmer seasons with spaces filling up quickly. Snow and extreme weather are very possible any time of year, everyone walking the track requires bushwalking experience, those walking in the colder months requires extra alpine walking skills, experience and equipment. Let us begin by acknowledging the palawa people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Warning
This journey requires significant bushwalking experience, specialised equipment and navigation skills.
Please ensure you and your group well prepared and equiped for this journey.

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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start Ronny Creek - Cradle Shuttle Bus (-41.6359432,145.9491271)
Mode Bus Car
Finish (-42.1163347,146.1743833)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Car  
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
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Ronny Creek to Waterfall Valley
4 h to 6 h
10.8 km
Getting Started
From the Visitor Center at Cradle Mountain catch the settle bus towards Dove Lake, but get off about halfway at "Ronny Creek". There is a small car park and small shelter at Roony Creek, fill out the logbook, then cross the road to follow the timber boardwalk past the well signposted formal start of the Overland Track.
Turn map Directions & comments
Ronny Creek - Cradle Shuttle Bus Start (a walking track).
After 75 m pass the "Overland Track" (6 m on your left).
The starting point of an alternate access track. The alternate Access track to Waldheim Cabins on Connells Ave Details below.
After another 650 m turn left.
Then cross the bridge (about 9 m long)
Then head down the surface|wood steps (about 4 m long)
Crater Lake
After another 5 m by following the "Crater Lake" sign continue straight.
Then head up the steps (about 15 m long)
After another 590 m head up the steps (about 9 m long)
Overland Track
After another 6 m by following the "Overland Track" sign continue straight.
After another 6 m head up the steps (about 25 m long)
After another 410 m pass the "Crater Falls" (15 m on your right).
After another 35 m pass a seat (on your right).
After another 500 m pass the "Crater Lake Hut" (on your right).
After another 285 m pass the "Wombat Peak" (155 m on your left).
After another 105 m turn right.
After another 25 m come to the viewpoint (20 m on your left).
After another 335 m pass a seat (10 m on your left).
After another 80 m continue straight.
After another 205 m continue straight.
After another 35 m come to the "Marion's Lookout" (40 m on your left).
After another 1.5 km veer left.
After another 370 m pass the "Kitchen Hut" (8 m on your right).
After another 50 m continue straight.
After another 35 m pass the "Kitchen Hut Toilet" (45 m on your right).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to climb the famous Cradle Mountain. Very steep and slippery so not recommended in wet or icy conditions. There is some rock scrambling near the summit that requires extra care. Requires between 2-3 hours to enjoy this side trip. To start this optional side trip veer left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 65 m continue straight.
After another 2.9 km continue straight.
After another 95 m pass the "Emergency Shelter" (15 m on your left).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Barn Bluff side trip. This is for very experienced walkers comfortable with rock scrambles, exposed heights and faint tracks. Leave 3-4hrs to complete this sidetrip. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 650 m veer left.
After another 1.6 km continue straight.
After another 125 m come to "Waterfall Valley Tolilets".
After another 30 m come to the end.
"Waterfall Valley Hut".
About 35 m past the end is "Waterfall Valley Public Camping Platform".
About 190 m past the end is "Old Waterfall Valley Hut".

An optional side trip to climb the famous Cradle Mountain. Very steep and slippery so not recommended in wet or icy conditions. There is some rock scrambling near the summit that requires extra care. Requires between 2-3 hours to enjoy this side trip.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 35 m veer right.
After another 810 m pass the "Smithies Peak" (145 m on your left).
Continue another 255 m to find Cradle Mountain at the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 1.1 km to the main route.

The alternate Access track to Waldheim Cabins on Connells Ave
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 420 m veer right.
After another 60 m continue straight.
After another 125 m pass the toilet (9 m on your left).
About 80 m past the end is a car park.
Turn right.
After another 20 m come to the end.

Barn Bluff side trip. This is for very experienced walkers comfortable with rock scrambles, exposed heights and faint tracks. Leave 3-4hrs to complete this sidetrip.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 3.1 km come to "Barn Bluff".
Continue another 0 m to find Barn Bluff at the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 3.1 km to the main route.

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Waterfall Valley to Windermere
2 h 30 min to 3 h 30 min
7.7 km
Getting Started
From the new Waterfall Valley Hut, walk back past the toilet for about 160 m to turn right at the signposted intersection with the main spine of the Overland Track.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the Waterfall Valley Hut at the start.
After 55 m pass the "Waterfall Valley Tolilets" (20 m on your left).
After another 105 m turn sharp right.
After another 630 m pass the waterfall (70 m on your left).
After another 590 m veer left.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Walk to Innes Falls via Lake Will. You can have the side trip by 'just' visiting the lovely beach on the shore of Lake Will. Enjoy the lake and the views up to Barn Bluff. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 2.4 km continue straight.
After another 1.8 km continue straight.
After another 1.6 km come to the "Windermere Lake Viewpoint" (10 m on your left).
Continue straight.
After another 470 m come to the "Windermere Group Camping Platforms" (40 m on your left).
After another 40 m veer left.
After another 25 m come to the "Windermere Public Camping Platform" (on your left).
Continue straight.
After another 10 m pass the "Windermere Hut Toilets" (40 m on your left).
Turn right.
After another 30 m come to "Windermere Hut".
Continue another 0 m to find Windermere Hut at the end.

Walk to Innes Falls via Lake Will. You can have the side trip by 'just' visiting the lovely beach on the shore of Lake Will. Enjoy the lake and the views up to Barn Bluff.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 2.6 km pass the "Innes Falls" (9 m on your right).
After another 20 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 2.6 km to the main route.

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Windermere to Pelion
5 h to 7 h
15.2 km
Turn map Directions & comments
Windermere Hut Start (a walking track).
Find the Windermere Hut at the start.
After another 25 m veer right.
After another 10 m come to the "Windermere Public Camping Platform" (15 m on your left).
After another 35 m pass the "Windermere Hut Toilets" (15 m on your left).
After another 90 m turn right.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Side trip to Mersey River Viewpoint with great views over the Forth River valley. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 4.1 km veer right.
After another 1.2 km continue straight.
After another 250 m cross the bridge (about 8 m long)
After another 470 m cross the bridge (about 6 m long)
After another 1.2 km cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
Continue straight.
After another 160 m continue straight.
After another 3.3 km cross the bridge (about 30 m long)
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Side trip to the charming Old Pelion Hut, constructed around 1916. If you\'re up for a refreshing swim, follow the footrack to a swimming hole in Douglas Creek. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 3.4 km veer right.
After another 860 m come to the "New Pelion Hut" (130 m on your left).
Then come to the "New Pelion Hut public campsite" (15 m on your left).
After another 110 m pass the "New Pelion Hut Toilets" (on your left).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. A sidetrip to Mt Oakleigh from Pelion Hut. A great option if you are having a rest day at Pelion Hut. Walk \\\'behind\\\' the hut, initially following the Arm River Track. Then the Mt Oakleigh track leads up the southern flank. The track can be very muddy as it leads through the low lands. On top, you can enjoy the views from the first lookout or keep going to the far end of the mountain. The tops of the cliffs are not fenced. The views are amazing. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 20 m come to the end.

Side trip to Mersey River Viewpoint with great views over the Forth River valley.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 65 m come to "Mersey River Viewpoint".
Continue another 0 m to find Mersey River Viewpoint at the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 65 m to the main route.

Side trip to the charming Old Pelion Hut, constructed around 1916. If you\'re up for a refreshing swim, follow the footrack to a swimming hole in Douglas Creek.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 440 m come to "Old Pelion Hut".
Continue another 0 m to find Old Pelion Hut at the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 440 m to the main route.

A sidetrip to Mt Oakleigh from Pelion Hut. A great option if you are having a rest day at Pelion Hut. Walk \\\'behind\\\' the hut, initially following the Arm River Track. Then the Mt Oakleigh track leads up the southern flank. The track can be very muddy as it leads through the low lands. On top, you can enjoy the views from the first lookout or keep going to the far end of the mountain. The tops of the cliffs are not fenced. The views are amazing.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 95 m come to the "New Pelion Hut" (on your left).
After another 450 m cross the bridge (about 30 m long)
After another 7 m turn left.
After another 350 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 1.7 km come to the viewpoint (on your right).
After another 680 m turn right.
After another 940 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 4.3 km to the main route.

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Pelion to Kia Ora
3 h to 4 h
8.5 km
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the New Pelion Hut at the start.
After 25 m pass the "New Pelion Hut Toilets" (on your right).
After another 90 m veer right.
After another 85 m continue straight.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Side trip to Douglas Creek waterfalls. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 1.5 km continue straight.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Side trip to upper Douglas Creek waterfalls. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 55 m continue straight.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Side trip to the top of Mt Pelion East. Significant exposed rock scramble to the summit. Requires clear weather and around 2 hours for the return trip. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip veer left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Side trip to the top of Mt Ossa, Tasmania's highest peak. You will need 4-5 hours of daylight to the summit and return to Pelion Gap. Exposed rock scramble to reach the summit, very slippery in wet conditions, requires clear weather. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 2.7 km (Pelion Gap) continue straight.
After another 1.5 km cross the bridge (about 30 m long)
After another 2.1 km continue straight.
After another 450 m come to "Kia Ora Hut group camping platforms".
After another 10 m continue straight.
After another 8 m come to the end.
"Kia Ora Hut public camping platform".
"Kia Ora Hut".
About 65 m past the end is "Kia Ora Hut toilets".
About 90 m past the end is "Kia Ora Falls".

Side trip to Douglas Creek waterfalls.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 25 m come to a waterfall.
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 25 m to the main route.

Side trip to upper Douglas Creek waterfalls.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 35 m come to a waterfall.
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 35 m to the main route.

Side trip to the top of Mt Pelion East. Significant exposed rock scramble to the summit. Requires clear weather and around 2 hours for the return trip.
Turn map Directions & comments
Pelion Gap Start (a walking track).
Continue another 1.3 km to find Mount Pelion East at the end.
"Mount Pelion East".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 1.3 km to the main route.

Side trip to the top of Mt Ossa, Tasmania's highest peak. You will need 4-5 hours of daylight to the summit and return to Pelion Gap. Exposed rock scramble to reach the summit, very slippery in wet conditions, requires clear weather.
Turn map Directions & comments
Pelion Gap Start (a walking track).
After 1.2 km pass the "Mount Doris" (140 m on your right).
Continue another 1.5 km to find Mount Ossa at the end.
"Mount Ossa".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 2.7 km to the main route.

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Kia Ora to Windy Ridge
3 h 30 min to 4 h 30 min
9.5 km
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the Kia Ora Hut at the start.
After 80 m pass the "Kia Ora Falls" (on your left).
After another 360 m continue straight.
After another 2.2 km pass the toilet (30 m on your right).
After another 25 m pass the "Du Cane Hut" (on your right).
After another 9 m veer left.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Side trip to Dalton Falls on Mersey River. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Side trip to Fergusson Falls on Mersey River. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 1.7 km turn sharp right.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Side trip to the tallest of the falls - Hartnett Falls. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 1.1 km turn right.
After another 4 km continue straight.
After another 50 m continue straight.
After another 55 m continue straight.
About 45 m past the end is a camp site.
The end.
About 20 m past the end is "Bert Nichols Hut".
About 60 m past the end is a toilet.

Side trip to Dalton Falls on Mersey River.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 270 m continue straight.
After another 105 m come to "Dalton Falls".
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 380 m to the main route.

Side trip to Fergusson Falls on Mersey River.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 270 m turn right.
After another 160 m come to "Fergusson Falls".
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 430 m to the main route.

Side trip to the tallest of the falls - Hartnett Falls.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 700 m come to "Hartnett Falls".
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 700 m to the main route.

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Windy Ridge to Narcissus
3 h to 4 h
10 km
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 20 m come to the "Bert Nichols Hut" (20 m on your left).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Optional Sidetrip to Pine Valley. This is best done as an overnight side trip giving you time to also explore the Labyrinth or the Acropolis. The walk of the valley through a lovely and mossy high rainforest, a different vibe from the rest of the Overland Track. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 5.6 km continue straight.
After another 3.2 km cross the bridge (about 20 m long)
After another 1.2 km continue straight.
After another 10 m come to the "Narcissus Ranger Hut" (15 m on your right).
After another 1 m turn right.
After another 6 m come to the end.
About 45 m past the end is "Narcissus Hut campsite".
"Narcissus Hut".

Optional Sidetrip to Pine Valley. This is best done as an overnight side trip giving you time to also explore the Labyrinth or the Acropolis. The walk of the valley through a lovely and mossy high rainforest, a different vibe from the rest of the Overland Track.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 2.4 km cross the bridge (about 35 m long)
After another 2.4 km pass the "Pine Valley Hut Toilets" (40 m on your left).
About 10 m past the end is "Pine Valley Hut".
About 70 m past the end is "Labyrinth Registration Booth".
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 4.8 km to the main route.

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Narcissus to Cynthia Bay
5 h to 6 h
16.7 km
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 45 m come to the "Narcissus Hut" (15 m on your left).
After another 8 m come to the "Narcissus Ranger Hut" (15 m on your right).
After another 175 m continue straight.
After another 1.4 km veer left.
After another 4.7 km come to the "Echo Point Campsite" (10 m on your left).
This is a free campsite.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Side trip to Echo Point Hut where you can spend the night. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip veer left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
Turn right.
After another 25 m pass the toilet (20 m on your right).
After another 8.5 km continue straight.
After another 200 m continue straight.
After another 195 m continue straight.
Then cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
Continue straight.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. A side trip to Fergy's Paddock campsite and Lake St Clair shoreline. You can camp at Fergy's Paddock at the end of the Overland Track. You might want to set up camp and wander in Cynthia Bay to enjoy a few luxuries before heading back to camp for the night. No facilities at the campsite. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 740 m continue straight.
After another 100 m continue straight.
After another 55 m pass the sign.
After another 350 m continue straight.
After another 120 m continue straight.
After another 25 m pass the restaurant (25 m on your right).
About 75 m past the end is a car park.
After another 35 m pass the "Visitor Centre" (6 m on your right).
After another 20 m come to a sign.
A toilet.
The end.

Side trip to Echo Point Hut where you can spend the night.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 30 m come to the "Echo Point Hut".
After another 15 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 45 m to the main route.

A side trip to Fergy's Paddock campsite and Lake St Clair shoreline. You can camp at Fergy's Paddock at the end of the Overland Track. You might want to set up camp and wander in Cynthia Bay to enjoy a few luxuries before heading back to camp for the night. No facilities at the campsite.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 120 m come to the "Fergy's Paddock camp site" (10 m on your right).
After another 9 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 130 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Ronny Creek to Waterfall Valley

Waterfall Valley to Windermere

Windermere to Pelion

Pelion to Kia Ora

Kia Ora to Windy Ridge

Windy Ridge to Narcissus

Narcissus to Cynthia Bay


Grading
Class 5/6
Very challenging
Length 78.4 km
Time 4 days, 6 days to 9 days
Quality of track Rough unclear track (5/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There are 10 on route, on average they are 7.2 km apart with the largest gap of 15.1 km.

Shelter: There are 5 on route, on average they are 13.2 km apart with the largest gap of 33.6 km.

Hut: There are 9 on route, on average they are 8.8 km apart with the largest gap of 15.1 km.

Toilet: There are 11 on route, on average they are 7.4 km apart with the largest gap of 15.5 km.

Seat: There are 2 on route, on average they are 26.1 km apart with the largest gap of 75.3 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
730 m[toilet]
Shelter
5.3 kmKitchen Hut
Toilet
5.4 kmKitchen Hut Toilet
Shelter
8.5 kmEmergency Shelter
Toilet
10.8 kmWaterfall Valley Tolilets
Hut
10.9 kmWaterfall Valley Hut
Camp site
10.9 kmWaterfall Valley Public Camping Platform
Shelter
10.9 kmOld Waterfall Valley Hut
Camp site
18.4 kmWindermere Group Camping Platforms
Camp site
18.5 kmWindermere Public Camping Platform
Toilet
18.5 kmWindermere Hut Toilets
Hut
18.5 kmWindermere Hut
Shelter
32.8 kmOld Pelion Hut
Camp site
33.6 kmNew Pelion Hut public campsite
Hut
33.7 kmNew Pelion Hut
Toilet
33.7 kmNew Pelion Hut Toilets
Camp site
42.2 kmKia Ora Hut public camping platform
Camp site
42.2 kmKia Ora Hut group camping platforms
Hut
42.2 kmKia Ora Hut
Toilet
42.2 kmKia Ora Hut toilets
Toilet
44.8 km[toilet]
Shelter
44.8 kmDu Cane Hut
Camp site
51.7 km[camp site]
Hut
51.8 kmBert Nichols Hut
Toilet
51.8 km[toilet]
Toilet
57.4 kmPine Valley Hut Toilets
Hut
57.4 kmPine Valley Hut
Hut
61.7 kmNarcissus Ranger Hut
Camp site
61.8 kmNarcissus Hut campsite
Hut
61.8 kmNarcissus Hut
Hut
68.1 kmEcho Point Hut
Camp site
68.1 kmEcho Point Campsite
Toilet
68.1 km[toilet]
Camp site
77.8 kmFergy's Paddock camp site
Toilet
78.5 km[toilet]
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