Diane Ayscough

Cradle Mountain Huts Walk    January 2016

Hi Everyone,

My trip to walk the Overland Track.

The Overland Track Walk was absolutely amazing, the best and most challenging thing I have ever done and just like being in another world. Maybe it was a sample of heaven because I cannot imagine anything better! Had I known the degree of challenge that was before me I may have thought I was not capable of achieving it, but I am really glad I did the walk. The scenery was spectacular with huge mountains, dark lakes, enchanted forests, the wildflowers in full bloom, and seeing the wildlife –echidna, Tasmanian pademelons, wallabies and a big wombat all added to the journey. There were snakes too but I did not see them. The walking tracks varied greatly from rocks, shale, tree roots and boardwalks.

I was with a group of 9 others plus two wonderful guides Nick and Mitch who cooked fresh bread every night and provided us with excellent 3 course meals, and the best porridge I have ever tasted for breakfast each morning. They were very caring and encouraging.

I climbed Mt Oakley which was pretty daunting and then I climbed Mt Ossa, the highest mountain in Tasmania at 1617 metres. Going up was very steep but coming down was even more challenging. Thank goodness for a backside to slide down some parts and walking poles to ease the impact. Despite being the oldest in the group and the only one who had never done any mountain climbing before I had no problems other than a blister on my heel.

We carried backpacks which weighed at least 12 kgs but they were well designed and became a part of you, so I didn’t even notice it.

I could have easily cried when I finished as an overwhelming sense of achievement and a sense of seeing something that was so special and wishing it did not have to end. Just amazing!! I am now planning where I will go next time but doubt anywhere else could beat this!

After this trip I hired a car and toured the west of Tassie, the Gordon River cruise, the Tarkine area and then to Burnie and Stanley before flying home feeling like a different person.

If ever you get the chance, go to Tasmania. Already I wish I could go back and relive the experience.

Di Ayscough.

Discover more Traveller's tales

Travellers Tales    March 2016

Marie McNeil

This trip exceeded my expectations. Our guides, Tony & Linton were both passionate and an absolute joy. They cooked the most fabulous meals, served up beautiful wines, answered our many questions and even removed the light globes out the back ...     Continue reading

Travellers Tales    March 2016

Karlene

Have done lots of walking overseas and wanted to do this walk before we got too old. An amazing experience thanks to Dayna & Declan (guides). Their knowledge, fitness, and caring support (slight melt down halfway up OSSA by moi ...     Continue reading

Travellers Tales    December 2015

Chris Zyner

I was introduced to true nature and wilderness. With no telephone or e - mail access the experience was so much more rewarding and precious. I was fortunate enough to be escorted by two of the best guides I have ...     Continue reading

Travellers Tales    November 2015

Caroline

My husband and I really enjoyed our 6 day Overland track walk to mark my 50th birthday. Although reasonably fit I set off with some trepidation about how we would cope with the weather and track conditions. As it turned ...     Continue reading