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The Resilience Walk

April 23-28, 2022 | Price $4,395 pp

Are you seeking a challenge? Walk Australia's celebrated alpine Overland Track with legendary Kokoda Track leader Greg Chamberlain and find the strength, character and capacity to overcome your challenges. Discover resilience and the spirit of adventure in Tasmania's remote wilderness.

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. 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. Late-April can offer winter conditions on the Overland Track and present an epic challenge. It is also the time when Tasmania's endemic Nothofagus gunnii displays its beautiful autumn colour.

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

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Greg Chamberlain

Greg Chamberlain served as an Infantryman in the Australian Regular Army for over 35 years, 18 of which was as a Warrant Officer Class One, the army's senior non-commissioned rank. Greg's long service included operational service in South Vietnam and Somalia.

He considers himself very fortunate to have served closely with the current and immediate past Govenors General of Australia. His service included a wide variety of regimental and instructional postings. Since his discharge in November 2004 Greg has worked in the Fitness Industry as a Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor. He is currently the Strength and Conditioning Trainer for all the women's teams of Nambour Rugby Club.

Since 2007 Greg has been an Adventure Trek Leader educating and inspiring numerous clients on the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea and the Sandakan Death March in Borneo as well as within Australia.

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.

The Resilience Walk

Greg is 71 years of age and has experienced much of the ups and downs of life. He is passionate about using his experience to assist others to build the strength, character and resilience to overcome obstacles and reach goals. Of course with his expansive military knowledge, Greg often uses Australia's famous Anzac Spirit to emphasize his advice on battling through the tough times. The themes explored will include:

  • courage
  • endurance
  • mateship and
  • sacrifice

Is this walk for me?

This walk is for everyone who is physically and mentally prepared for the challenge of the Overland Track and possible adverse weather conditions. The challenge provides the kind of experience that initiates personal learning and growth. It is for friends and family members who would like the opportunity to bond. It is for people who desire an outdoor adventure and an opportunity to see their situation from a different perspective.

Walk training

Please follow the training guide in our trip notes to prepare well. In addition to these Greg recommends to:

- do squats, lunges, stairs, and core strength and balance exercises
- do single-leg pistol squats and Bulgarian squats, and forward and backward lunges
- to train with a heavier pack than what you will carry e.g. train with 13kg to carry on 10kg on your walk
- do squats with your pack, if you have no access to weights, as we get closer to trek time
- to complete training walks 2 - 3 days in a row a few times, as it is the cumulative buildup over the 6 days which can catch some out. Six-hour long day walks are preferred. If you are short on time, days of 6, 4, and 2 hours will prepare you physically and mentally to face the new day a little stiff and sore.

- Please contact Greg for a tailored or in-person plan

The Track and the Weather

In April, you can experience extreme conditions on the Overland Track. Freezing temperatures, wind, rain, sleet, and snow are not uncommon. It can make the track very challenging. Expect uneven, rocky, and slippery surfaces, wet tree roots and deep puddles, mud, snow, slush, and ice. You can also expect wet and cold boots. Due to the short days, you may finish the walk in the dark using head torches. Wool socks, merino thermal layers, quality wet weather gear and hiking poles all assist. Please ensure you are fit and able and follow the advice on what to pack in our gear list. If you follow the training plan, you will find the walk more enjoyable. If you have any questions, please contact our reservations team. Below are some images of the track in snow and after rain. Greg and our guides are on track to walk with you. Enjoy the comfort of warm and dry huts each evening!

 

 

 

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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 (weather dependent). 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 'Resilience' Walk with Greg Chamberlain  (6-days)

April 23-28, 2022 | $4,395.00

  • Each trip requires a minimum of 8 guests (Twin Share). The maximum is 11.

Bookings

Special Interest Walks - Terms and Conditions 

These are in addition to our standard booking 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
  • The final payment is due 90 days before departure. For reservations made three months or less from the departure date, full payment is due at the time of booking.
  • Cancellations
    • more than 90 days from the scheduled departure date, a fee of $350 per person will be charged with the balance payment refunded;
    • between 90 and 60 days prior to departure, you will be charged 50% of the full trip cost with the balance refunded; or
    • within 60 days of departure, no refund is available. Bookings are transferable.
  • Travel and pre and post-trip accommodation expenses are not included.
  • Return Walker discounts apply.
  • Single supplements: an extra $3,431.25.

COVID-19 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 for the departure or receive a full refund with no additional fee or rebook a different Walk within 24 months. Cancellations by guests for other reasons will incur our standard cancellation fees.

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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 your unsure about anything on the gear list please call us or talk to you local outdoor adventure store.

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