WALK FOR WILD TO REGENERATE AUSTRALIA

Friday, Oct 8 - Wednesday, Oct 13, 2021 | Six days $3,995

World Wildlife Fund and Tasmanian Walking Company Foundation have partnered in an exciting new initiative to raise funds for the largest and most innovative wildlife and landscape regeneration program in Australia’s history - Regenerate Australia.

This is your chance to be part of a defining moment for the future helping to restore wildlife and habitats, rejuvenate communities impacted by the bushfires, boost sustainable agriculture and future-proof our country.

Cradle Mountain Huts Walk is a six-day walk along the iconic Overland Track, retreating each evening to the comfort of the only private accommodation along the trail.

100% OF ALL WALK FOR WILD WALKS ARE DONATED

Tasmanian Walking Company will be donating 100% of Walk for Wild sales to WWF’s Regenerate Australia.

Our target is $150000.

Guests who join one of our Walk for Wild trips are invited to use the trek as a challenge to raise funds. We’ll help organise a personal fundraising page and a special merchandise pack to thank you for helping us reach our goal.

For all enquiries and bookings please contact Tasmanian Walking Company on (03) 6392 2211 or email bookings@taswalkingco.com.au

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Regenerate Australia is one of the largest and most innovative wildlife recovery and landscape regeneration programs in Australia’s history. Launched by WWF-Australia, the multi-year program will help rehabilitate, repopulate and restore wildlife and habitats affected by the 2019-2020 bushfires, boost sustainable agriculture and help to future-proof Australia against climate disasters. But we can’t achieve this alone. To regenerate needs the support of all Australians. Our Australian Nature needs our Australian Nature.

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 WWF Walk for Wild

October 8-13, 2021

  • 6 Day Guided Walk (Twin Share)
  • Maximum guests - 12 (Twin Share)
Price per person  (inc GST)

$3,995

Bookings:

Single supplement

Single supplements are not available for this experience.

Terms and Conditions 

  • All prices are quoted per person in $AUD including GST 
  • A deposit of $500 per person and the Guest Information Form are due within five days of booking
  • Minimum numbers are required prior to departure. 
  • The final payment is due three months before departure. For reservations made three months or less from departure date, full payment is due at time of booking. 
  • Prices are subject to change without notice
  • Travel and pre and post-trip accommodation expenses are not included.
  • Our standard booking terms and conditions apply, subject to the following temporary exception:

If you have a booking on a Walk for Wild departure on 8th October 2021 and COVID-19 directly impacts your capacity to travel, you may postpone your booking or receive a full refund subject to the following booking guarantee terms and conditions:

  1. The guarantee is only valid for Walk for Wild walk departures on 8 October 2021; 
  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 8 October 2021 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 prior to 8 October 2021 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
  • Walk for Wild T-shirt
  • Drink bottle and coffee cup
  • A fundraising guide, online donation page to fundraise or donate to and a thank you merchandise pack if you choose to fundraise and set up a personal fundraising page and target.

To make a donation click here and add WWF to the message box: https://www.taswalkingcofoundation.com.au/donate/

With your help, together we can raise $150,000 for WWF-Australia!

Additional information

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