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WALK ON THE WILD SIDE FOR CHARITY

October 5, 7, 9, 27, 28, 29, 30, & 31, 2021 | Six days $2,797

The Tasmanian Walking Company Foundation is excited to launch Walk on the Wild Side to raise funds for our charity partners. Walkers will receive a 30% discount. All revenue, less GST, is paid to the walkers' preferred charity. 

Join us on a wilderness adventure, knowing that your walk fee will be donated.

 A 30% DISCOUNT HAS BEEN APPLIEDTO WALKS | 100% OF SALES, LESS GST, WILL BE DONATED

Walk with us on the iconic Overland Track, retreating each evening to the only private accommodation along the trail. Discover the rare beauty and diversity of Tasmania’s World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Expert guides take the lead across this ancient landscape, converting to chefs come evening. They’ll also take the heavy load, leaving you with a lightweight pack. At the end of each day, retreat to a hot shower, sumptuous meals, freshly baked bread, a glass of Tasmanian wine and a comfortable bed.

Make a booking now and get ready to lace up your boots and join us in the heart of nature.

How to book: Please ask our reservations team for available dates. To redeem the offer on this page please phone 03 6392 2211 or email bookings@taswalkingco.com.au and quote your charity’s name at the time of booking. 

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What is the Tasmanian Walking Company Foundation?

In 1985 Tasmanian Walking Company was offered the special privilege of developing a multi-day walking experience along the Overland Track in the Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair National Park. Cradle Mountain Huts became the flagship for Tasmanian Walking Company and Australian Walking Company who now have six multi-day guided walks in wilderness areas.

As passionate tour operators, the walking companies decided that operating in national parks comes with a clear obligation in terms of preserving the natural and cultural integrity of these wild spaces. They began funding wildlife rescue programs, reforestation initiatives and educational activities that encourage advocacy of conservation sites.

In 2018, the decision was made to centralise the not-for-profit efforts with the formation of the Tasmanian Walking Company Foundation. The Foundation was officially launched in June 2020 on World Environment Day with a commitment to donating $1 million over five years.  Tasmanian Walking Company and Australian Walking Company are recognised leaders in environmental travel practices with an ethos of leaving nothing behind.

Cradle Mountain Huts Walk (6-days)

Tasmania’s Overland Track is famous the world over and our signature trip is the way to experience it in classic style. Across six days, our most popular Overland experience completes the full journey from World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair.

The fully guided walk begins at Waldheim in Cradle Valley and journeys some 65 kilometres through to Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest natural lake. Our signature trip does not include multiple side trips, but there is the opportunity on Day 4 to summit Mount Ossa.

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Day 1: Waldheim to Barn Bluff Hut

Approximately 7 hours walking

On the summit of Cradle Mountain in 1910, Austrian-born Gustav Weindorfer proclaimed, “This must be a national park for the people for all time.” It’s fitting our journey begins at Waldheim in Cradle Valley, where Weindorfer’s story is told. We set off on the track, venturing through ancient temperate rainforest, passing the dramatic glacially-carved Crater Lake.

We climb the steepest section of the whole Overland Track today fuelled by a hearty lunch. Reaching Marion’s Lookout (1250m) takes about an hour, with steps leading through steeper sections. The reward, providing weather conditions allow, is staggering views of Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake. Every uphill step is worth it.

We continue around the base of Cradle Mountain along the edge of a spectacular glacial cirque before dropping into Waterfall Valley. Our private hut awaits, beneath towering Barn Bluff, having completed the steepest part of your journey (excluding side trips). It’s a welcome retreat after several hours walking over exposed alpine plateau where some days the wind howls - a reminder of nature’s power.

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Day 2: Barn Bluff Hut to Pine Forest Moor Hut

Approximately 6 hours walking

Today we’ll be walking across plains where glaciers once rested, slowly moving and scouring out shallow tarns. Although an undulating trek with a few sections of exposed moorland, there are no significant climbs today.

We take our time venturing across vast button grass plains where ancient pencil pines fringe alpine tarns. Rising from the moors, the peaks of Cradle Mountain and Barn Bluff are behind us. Look ahead, and the stately Mt Pelion West comes into view.

Those looking for additional challenge today can take a side trip to Lake Will. Hugged by pencil pines and with its narrow quartzite sand rim, Lake Will is striking. Keep an eye out for gravel mounds along the way, remnants of Joseph Will’s coal mining efforts in the 1890s.

This evening, at Pine Forest Moor Hut, enjoy our outdoor dining setting with views out to Mt Oakleigh in fine weather.

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Day 3: Pine Forest Moor Hut to Pelion Hut

Approximately 5 hours walking

This morning we venture through gorgeous myrtle-beech rainforest as we descend around the base of Mt Pelion West, down to the Forth River before it plunges into Lemonthyme Valley. We’ll take a break at Frog Flats beside the Forth River, which happens to be the Overland Track’s lowest point.

From here, it’s a gentle ascent back out of the valley. We leave thick Eucalypt forest behind as the trees part to reveal Pelion Plains. Uninterrupted views of Mt Oakleigh’s dolerite spires now come into play.

The Pelion Plains area offers a host of side trips, hugged by mountainous terrain. There are excellent swimming holes, peaceful nooks to rest and abandoned copper mines to explore. Come nightfall, we’ll be nestled amongst dry sclerophyll forest at Pelion Hut.

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Day 4: Pelion Hut to Kia Ora Hut

Approximately 4-9 hours walking (Optional 5hr side trip to Mt Ossa)

Today begins with a climb of almost 300m to Pelion Gap through beautiful rainforest. Pelion Gap is a plateau stretching between Mt Pelion East and Mt Ossa, affording fantastic views to the south as well as back to the north.

There’s plenty of time for side trips from Pelion Gap including the option to summit Mt Ossa. At 1617m, it is Tasmania’s highest peak. There are other less challenging climbs, including Mt Doris.

From Pelion Gap it's a further two hours of gentle downhill to the hut. Today, choose to keep things relaxed or challenge yourself to stand atop the island’s highest point. Once we arrive at Kia Ora Hut, enjoy a Tasmanian drop with spectacular views out to Cathedral Mountain.

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Day 5: Kia Ora Hut to Windy Ridge Hut

Approximately 4 hours walking

Day five is about icy-flowing waterfalls. We depart Kia Ora hut and walk about an hour to Du Cane, where a 1910-built hut remains from the long-gone days of animal trapping. Du Cane Hut is a fine spot to rest, surounded by native gardens and overlooked by the spectacular Du Cane Range.

From here, we wander through some of the oldest forest in the National Park, with King Billy pines as much as 2000 years old. Now, we are above the Mersey River, which descends deeply northward towards Bass Strait, spilling down cliff faces.

There are three major sets of waterfalls in the area. We aim to visit one or more of these, choosing the best to have lunch beside depending on conditions. During the afternoon, we make our way over Du Cane Gap, then descend beside the spectacular Falling Mountain to Windy Ridge Hut. Tonight is a celebratory one, our last evening on the track.

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Day 6: Windy Ridge Hut to Lake St Clair

Approximately 3 hours walking

Our destination today is Australia’s deepest natural lake - Lake St Clair - shaped by glaciations over two million years. Birdsong helps us along this final day as we walk mainly through flowering dry sclerophyll forests.

We arrive at Narcissus at the northern end of Lake St Clair in time for lunch, before boarding the Idaclair cruise boat for a spectacular 17km cruise back to Cynthia Bay. There’s typically around half an hour to look around the Visitor Centre here.

The return trip to Entally Lodge is through the trout fishing mecca of the highland lakes, descending the rugged Western Tiers. We’ll cross the broad plains of the Northern Midlands, passing through the rural townships of Cressy and Longford.

Itinerary Details

Cradle Mountain Huts
Walk on the Wild Side

October, 2021

  • 6 Day Guided Walk (Twin Share)
  • Each trip requires a minimum of 6 guests (Twin Share).
  • Maximum guests - 12 (Twin Share)
Price per person  (inc GST)

$2,797

Bookings:

Single supplement

All accommodation is twin share. Single travellers may be required to share a twin room with another walker of the same gender if the departure fills to capacity. To guarantee a single room for the duration of the walk a supplementary price of 75% of full fee will apply. This needs to be requested at the time of booking.

Terms and Conditions 

  • Walk on the Wild side Walks cannot be booked by guests where COVID-19 is impacting their capacity to travel at the time of booking.
  • All prices are quoted per person in $AUD including GST 
  • Full payment and the Guest Information Form are due at time of booking. 
  • Travel and pre and post-trip accommodation expenses are not included.
  • The offer only applies to new Walk on the Wild Side Walk bookings.
  • Our standard booking terms and conditions apply, subject to the following temporary exception:

If you have a booking on a Walk on the Wild Side departure and COVID-19 directly impacts your capacity to travel, you may postpone your booking subject to the following booking guarantee terms and conditions:

  1. The guarantee is only valid for Walk on the Wild Side bookings;
  2. The guarantee only applies for guests with bookings directly impacted COVID-19, as per the following: 
    • If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 prior to your departure date;
    • If you are directed by a Government official or medical practitioner to self-isolate for any reason associated with COVID-19; or
    • If Government COVID-19 policy (domestic or foreign) relevant to your residential address or travel circumstances directly impacts your capacity to travel (i.e. State border closure)
  3. Guests can change or postpone their walk booking within 14 days of the departure date, subject to the guest being directly impacted by COVID-19 as per conditions 2;
  4. Guests making booking changes under the guarantee will be reimbursed in the form of a booking voucher (valid for 24 months) to the value of the original booking, with no additional charges (all change fees are waived);
  5. Guests must use the booking voucher for a walk departure on the same walk itinerary within 24 months of the voucher being issued;
  6. Booking vouchers are not redeemable for cash; 
  7. Guests may request a full refund otherwise they will automatically receive a booking voucher as outlined in points 4 - 6 above;
  8. Tasmanian Walking Company reserves the right to request supporting evidence to determine your eligibility prior to approving the postponement of your booking.
  9. Tasmanian Walking Company reserves the right to amend or withdraw the offer at any time.

Inclusions

  • Return transfers between Launceston and the walk base
  • Accommodation each evening in one of our five private huts - twin share
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages, plus a limited selection of Tasmanian wines
  • National Park and Overland Track passes
  • Boat transfer across Lake St Clair (on Day 6 of the six day walk only)
  • Use of a backpack and Gore-tex jacket for the duration of the walk
  • Sleeping bags, pillows and a comfortable mattress at each hut
  • Sleeping sheet and pillowcase to carry with you
  • Two qualified guides for the duration of the walk

Additional information

  • Have a burning question?  Check out our  FAQ page, and if you need further help please don't hesitate to contact our friendly reservations team
  • Ready to start planning your next adventure and want to know what to bring. Check out our detailed gear list, including details on what's provided. If you're unsure about anything on the gear list please call us or talk to your local outdoor adventure store.

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