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Cradle Mountain Huts

Waldheim to Arm River Walk

for Wildcare Tasmania

Departure: December 2-5,2020 | Price $1547.50 PLUS $500 donation to Wildcare Tasmania

Last-minute Sale!

This Cradle Mountain Huts Waldheim to Arm River 'Walk for Wildcare' Walk, leaving December 2, 2021 has been discounted by 50%.  Reduced from $3,095 to $1,547.50.

As a 'Walk for Wildcare' all participants must donate or fundraise $500 to Wildcare Tasmania.

This fully guided walk starts at Waldheim in Cradle Valley, venturing south along the Overland Track then west along Innes Track to Arm River near Lake Rowallan. Along the way, we’ll stay in three character-filled huts along the Overland Track before slipping back out through the Mersey Valley for collection by Arm River. Enjoy great company, lightweight packs, passionate guides, private accommodation and local food and wine.

Wildcare Tasmania is a powerhouse team of volunteers and donors supporting the care and conservation of Tasmania’s wild places, wildlife and cultural heritage. Wildcare has over 6,000 members and 60 volunteer groups located all around the State.

Guests must donate or raise funds for Wildcare Tasmania.  The minimum donation or fundraising goal for each walker is $500. 

Donations: Wildcare Nature and World Heritage donations cause

Fundraising: https://www.mycause.com.au/events/overlandtrackforwildcaretasmania

  Direct bookings only.  For all enquiries and bookings please contact Tasmanian Walking Company on (03) 6392 2211 or email bookings@taswalkingco.com.au.  
The group may include guests not "Walking for Wildcare Tasmania".

Trip Notes   Walk Map  Gear List

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Wildcare Tasmania

Wildcare Tasmania offers inspiring opportunities in beautiful places, working in close partnership with government agencies who have responsibility for managing our environment as well as with local government and private landowners.

If you choose to volunteer you can:

  • experience multi-day rugged events in remote, wild places or working bees closer to home that you can take the kids to
  • join more than 60 Wildcare ‘Friends of’ groups and meet motivated and caring people.

Wildcare Tasmania welcomes individual donations and bequests and provides exciting opportunities for corporate partnerships. We join philanthropy and volunteering to achieve amazing results. 

There are a range of causes to support (see here).

Overland Track - Waldheim to Arm River 

Short on time but want a taste of the Overland Track? Discover the rare beauty and diversity of Tasmania’s World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain - Lake St. Clair National Park across four wilderness-packed days.

  • Four days
  • Moderate Grade hiking
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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 Arm River Valley

Approximately 6 hours walking

Today, we head east, crossing Pelion Plains and following the southern shore of Lake Ayr, mainly wandering through open eucalypt forests and across button grass plains. We then follow a gradual incline along the Innes Track before having lunch near Wurragarra Creek.

From this point, Mount Pillinger and peaks along the Overland Track dominate our view. After lunch, we pass the mirror-still waters of Lake Price before a sharp descent into the Mersey Valley near the Arm River. This is where our shuttle bus is waiting. Our return trip to Entally Lodge takes us through the Mole Creek Karst area and the rural township of Deloraine.

Itinerary Details

Cradle Mountain Huts Waldheim to Arm River Walk for Wildcare Tasmania (4-days)


Departure: December 2-5,2020 | Price $1547.50 PLUS $500 donation to Wildcare Tasmania

  • 6 Day Guided Walk (Twin Share)
  • Maximum guests - 12 (Twin Share)
  • Minimum guests - 9 (Twin Share) - Departure will be confirmed on November 20, 2020, or before. Guests will be invoiced for the full payment at this time.

Direct bookings only:

Booking Terms and Conditions 

All prices are quoted per person in $AUD, including GST

View our booking terms and conditions 

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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

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