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Cradle Mountain Huts 'The Nature of Leadership' Walk

Available by request for private groups

Leadership matters. In these changing and uncertain times, it is arguably more important than ever to invest in leadership.

Combine Australia’s epic six-day Overland Track Walk with a curated program for emerging leaders. Leaders emerge able to nurture growth and wellbeing.

One of the hallmarks of effective leaders is their creation of challenging yet achievable goals within a supportive environment. The Nature Of 'Leadership' is a fully guided, physically demanding journey through Tasmania's vast wilderness and a leading practice program. Participants experience first-hand how connections to nature can unlock improvements in individuals, teams, brands, sales and relationships.

At a time when organisational success is increasingly focused on unlocking human potential, and developing more purposeful, inclusive and engaging work; this unique retreat leverages leading research into the future of work and nature connectivity to better grow and nurture emerging leaders.

Offered in partnership with Dr Gary Veale, this unique retreat provides the insights, inspiration and actions to:

- refresh and challenge participants
- explore what leadership actually means
- improve leadership outcomes
- understand the most important leadership competencies
- explore your own leadership styles and profile
- share leadership insights and stories
- understand and explore the relevance of everyday nature experiences to leadership and the future of work 
- create a leadership development plan and priorities

Direct bookings only.  For all enquiries and bookings please contact Tasmanian Walking Company via email

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Introducing Gary Veale

Gary is an expert on the human-nature relationship and future of work, and an experienced facilitator, speaker and trusted advisor to organisations large and small. He is an Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne, a practice partner with Monash Business School and a former Director with KPMG. He holds a PhD in the role of nature in unlocking human potential (University of Melbourne), is a qualified educator and brings over 25 years of professional experience.

Gary is currently an Executive Director at the Centre for Sustainability and Business at the Melbourne Business School


The Nature Of Leadership Workshop... a program tailored to you

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The Nature Of ‘Leadership’ incorporates a world-class walking experience (along the Overland Track staying in our private huts) with tailored facilitation, curated professional development and leading research into the human-nature relationship, leadership and future of work.

Typical elements include:

• Pre-walk: discussions to understand your context and confirm your objectives and participants
• Pre-walk: tailored masterclass for participants by Dr Gary Veale
• Pre-walk: materials to prepare participants for the walk and experience
• Fully guided 6-day walk and hut experience accompanied by Dr Gary Veale (including curated leadership development sessions)
• Post-walk: individual follow up with all participants and their organisations to help integrate insights and development priorities arising from the retreat.


Why choose a walking workshop in nature?

Reach your full potential...
“There is a huge amount we know about how to build effective teams but too often the knowledge is not curated and teams are not well trained”. - Dr Gary Veale
Your team can relax...
Mounting evidence compels us to be intentional about logging off, unplugging, and interacting with the natural environment to protect our mental and physical health and enhance overall performance and well-being.
Recover from distraction and fatigue...
Studies have found that walking in green spaces helps us recover from “attention overload”—the mental fatigue that comes from living and working in a world where computers and cell phones are a constant distraction.
Restore energy and focus...
The restorative effects of nature exposure  lead to a "reduction in cognitive fatigue, decreased stress levels, increased focus, increased positive affect, decreased negative affect, and decreased sympathetic nervous system activity” 
Improve your teamwork...
The experience of hiking is unique, research suggests, conveying benefits beyond what you receive from typical exercise. Not only does it oxygenate your heart, it helps keep your mind sharper, your body calmer, your creativity more alive, and your relationships happier.
Improve creativity and problem solving...
Research showed that after three days hiking in wilderness, and the participants showed increased creative thinking and problem-solving.
Experience Self-development and fulfilment...
Individuals who participate in strenuous and challenging walking activities that require planning and preparation, such as hill-walking, back-packing, and peak-bagging, recognise leisure as a means of self-development and achieving fulfilment. These demanding walking activities extend recreational walking into the outdoor pursuits that offer freeing the mind of distractions to focus on the moment, building connections with people and places as opportunities for enhancing personal well-being.

Cradle Mountain Huts Walk (6-days)

Tasmania’s Overland Track is famous the world over. Across six days, 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

One Of The Many Waterfalls En Route

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.


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 The Nature Of ‘Leadership’ Walk
- with Dr Gary Veale

Available by request

  • Price: Walk fee + Facilitator Fee
  • 6 Day Guided Walk (Twin Share)
  • Maximum guests - 11 (Twin Share)

Direct bookings only:

  • Direct bookings only.  For all enquiries and bookings please contact Tasmanian Walking Company via email
  • or complete the below enquiry form

Single supplement

Single supplements are available for this experience.

Special Interest Walks - 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 three months 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.
  • This walk cannot be booked in conjunction with any other offers and discounts.

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Peace of Mind Booking Assurance

After the minimum number of bookings has been achieved, the trip is guaranteed to depart.  If for any reason, the trip cannot go ahead due to restrictions placed upon travel due to Covid-19,  guests will be permitted to reschedule their walk to the new date provided or cancel with no additional fee or rebook a traditional Cradle Mountain Huts Walk within 24 months. Guests can transfer to a traditional Cradle Mountain Huts Walk itinerary and have the difference in price refunded. Cancellations for other reasons will incur our standard cancellation fees.

Peace of Mind Booking Assurance


  • 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

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