Frequently asked questions
The following are a few frequently asked questions about the Wild Women On Top Cradle Mountain Winter Walk that you may find useful.
- What flights should I book?
Due to the nature of the Tasmanian winter weather, we highly recommend you book fully flexible flights. Should the weather become inclement, your group may need to spend an additional night in one of the huts. Whilst this is unlikely, we can not guarantee it won't happen.
- Walk accommodation
Our group will have exclusive use of the only private hut accommodation along the Overland Track. Each hut has been discreetly located off the main trail and offers hot showers, a drying room and a dining and lounge area. The huts have 6 twin rooms with comfortable beds.
- How many guests will be on my trip?
Each trip requires a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 guests. All accommodation is twin share. If you book on as a single walker or in an odd-numbered group and the trip fills to capacity, you will share a room with another walker.
- How fit do I need to be?
If you are healthy, have a good level of fitness and have some multi-day walking experience you should enjoy this winter walk. Depending on weather conditions, it is likely the walk will throw up some added challenges, so this journey is not for the faint of heart. Walking the Overland Track during the colder months is considerably more challenging than our regular walk (season 1 Oct - 1 May). The shorter daylight hours will also have an impact on the journey from hut to hut. Availability of side trip options along the walk and time allocations between huts will vary significantly dependent on weather and on ground snow conditions. Along the Overland Track, you will be walking on some boardwalk, over rocky trails and through rainforest. For more information about the track please visit: The Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service. Ice can have a significant impact on this sort of terrain so we provide crampons or chains to assist. The trail can be quite rugged underfoot and muddy in sections. It is therefore essential that you have good lace-up walking boots, with treaded soles and firm ankle support. If you have any concerns about fitness, please call 03 6392 2211 and speak with one of our friendly Reservations staff members. We are more than happy to discuss additional information about what you can expect.
- How much weight do we carry?
Before the trip, the guides will carry out a thorough gear check to ensure you have suitable gear. Pack weight on our winter overland trips will typically be between 12-15kg. Each person must carry their lunch, wet weather gear, sleeping bag and foam mat (for emergency use), spare clothes for the hut, thermals, and warm clothing, plus any extras, such as a camera. It is important that all clothing and equipment that you bring is of an adequate standard. If you need further advice, please speak to our reservations staff. For more detailed information, please refer to the gear checklist.
- What style of boots should we have?
You will need lace-up hiking boots that cover the ankle and have sturdy, treaded soles (full-grain leather or Gore-tex with Vibram soles recommended.
We cannot over-emphasise the importance of appropriate footwear. Lower-profile hiking shoes, walking shoes, running shoes, approach shoes, sand shoes, elasticised boots and similar are not acceptable. Boots must be worn in to minimise the risk of blisters. The Overland Track is quite unique in the nature of its terrain. You will be unable to commence the walk without the appropriate footwear, so please feel free to contact us for more details. We are more than happy to discuss footwear with you.
- Do we need travel insurance?
- How many guides are there?
Our guides are passionate outdoor enthusiasts, educated interpreters and fantastic cooks all rolled into one. Two (2) qualified guides and a hut support staff member, as well as a Wild Women On Top coach, will be on your walk for the duration of the trip. This allows plenty of time for interpretation at interesting points along the track, photo opportunities, rest breaks and walking at your own pace.
- How about food?
The guides prepare scrumptious three-course meals each night. We are quite happy to cater for special dietary requirements. We just need to know in advance.
For example, here is the dinner menu served at Kia Ora Hut on Day 4:
On arrival at hut:
Forest mushroom and pea risotto with parmesan
- What time does the trip commence and conclude?
Our shuttle will collect guests from The Sebel Hotel Launceston at 2:00pm, before making our way out to Launceston Airport for a 2:30pm pickup. From the airport, you will be transferred to our walking base 25 minutes west of Launceston. Here, you will meet your guides, have a gear check and briefing before heading up to the Cradle Valley.
We will arrive at Cradle Mountain Hotel by 6:00 pm where we will check before enjoying a sumptuous three-course dinner with matching wines.
The walk will conclude at Quamby Estate (our walking base) at approximately 6:00 pm. There will be a shuttle bus departing at 6.00pm, which goes via the Launceston Airport at approximately 6.30 pm, arriving back at The Sebel Hotel Launceston at about 6.45pm.
- What accommodation options do we have pre-and post-walk?
Located near the small township of Hadspen and just a 10 minute drive from both Launceston’s CBD and our walking base at Quamby Estate making it the perfect accommodation prior to your walk. Entally Lodge has 20 newly renovated King Suites with Scandinavian inspired, modern décor with ensuite bathrooms. To see details of the special rate which includes cooked breakfast visit http://entally.com.au/taswalkingco and enter promo code TWC1819. If you are staying at Entally Lodge please contact our reservations team firstname.lastname@example.org so we can ensure our shuttle picks you up on the afternoon of your departure.Quamby Homestead
Set on the grounds of Quamby Estate (and just 200 metres from our walker’s base) Quamby Homestead is the perfect pre or post night of accommodation if you would like a little luxury. The homestead features ten restored guest rooms which feature antique furniture. Rooms are appointed with king, queen or twin bedding, marble or stone bathrooms and heated floors. To see details of the your special rate which includes cooked breakfast visit https://www.thebookingbutton.com.au/properties/quambydirect and enter promo code TWC1819
- What are the benefits of a Wild Women On Top Partner Adventure?
Wild Women On Top helps women lead adventurous lives they love. When you join a Wild Women On Top partner adventure, you become part of an incredible team, training and hiking together to maximise everybody’s enjoyment and success. Wild Women On Top support you to get the most out your Wild Adventure, making it a truly transformational challenge.
What Wild Women offer:
- A Wild Women Coach who leads and empowers the team, shares Wild Women culture and traditions and supports you in your preparation for the adventure.
- An exclusive itinerary tailored to the needs of women, prioritising magic moments of natural exhilaration and breathtaking challenges.
- T.E.A.M: Together Everyone Achieves More approach to adventure
- Training and preparation to ensure all your teammates are perfectly prepared and fit for the adventure (that means you must be, too!). If you can’t join us for Trek Training in Sydney, you can prepare with the Luvmyhike 12‑week online training program and check in with your coach regularly.
- Everyone must be a member of Wild Women On Top so you’re guaranteed your teammates understand our culture and have like‑minded goals.
- The Golden Rules to create a loving, successful and supportive environment during your adventure.
- A Facebook group to connect you with your team and encourage team‑building as well as give you direct access to your coach.
- A complimentary copy of How To Prepare for World Class Treks e‑book by Di Westaway
- Please note: Tasmanian Walking Company guides and staff are responsible for delivering your extraordinary experience during your adventure. Please direct all pre, mid and post trip feedback to the Tasmanian Walking Company. Your Coach is NOT the tour operator, guide, navigator, or first aider.