Hiking the Overland Track in Tasmania

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There are few walks I have wanted to do quite as much as The Overland Track in Tasmania. For a long time I’ve had my sights set on embarking on this trek, yet until now have never had the chance to do so. As with most things in life, we tend to crave the foreign pursuits – those as far away from what we know as possible. Thus a walk in my own backyard (home being Tasmania) was always one of those “I’ll do it someday soon” type deals I had made with myself.
But alas, the day finally came and I set a date to walk The Overland Track with the Tasmanian Walking Company and Mountain Designs Clothing.

Brooke Tasmania Overland

There are two ways you can experience this 6-day hike through the Tasmanian Wilderness. The first of these is to go on your own accord and stay at public huts or pitch a tent (or a combination of both). This option is great for the adventurers who are looking to walk to the beat of their own drum, take their time on the track, or those travelling on a budget.
The second option is to book a guided private tour with the Tasmanian Walking Company. This option is better if you’re looking for a more comfortable experience – complete with three-course meals in the evenings and a comfy mattress to sleep on. These are luxuries for anyone embarking on a 6-day trek in the wilderness, but if you have a choice between the two it is certainly a more comfortable way to experience this semi-challenging hike.

Tasmania Overland

The hike itself was not particularly physically challenging, but unless you’re a complete adventure-nut, out there in nature 24/7 with a go-getting attitude, you’re likely to fall victim to an injury or two. After all, you’ll be walking 6-8 hours a day and some of the conditions can be challenging, even for frequent walkers.
But none of this should put you off! Its all a part of the adventure.


Hiking the Overland Track in Tasmania

The days began around 7:30am when breakfast was served, and at approximately 9:00am each morning we would leave the hut to begin the day walking.
Each day we would encounter a range of landscapes, diverse scenery and completely different walking conditions. Some days there was plenty of uphill, others (toward the end) were more favourably flat in comparison. But what is considered to be the hardest part of the trail is actually tackled in the first day, and is certainly not at all as difficult as one would expect. With that behind you, you’re bound to have a jolt of confidence to kick you along for the following 5 days.
There would also be an early-morning snack for a boost of energy, followed by lunch in a scenic location and an afternoon treat (usually chocolate- yum!). Before you know it each day draws to a close, and you find yourself returning to the huts around 4-5pm in the evenings.
Once back at the huts afternoon is served – ranging from freshly baked scones through to raspberry and gooey white chocolate muffins. Indeed, it is all very lavish for a hike… but it is entirely okay to indulge after a full day of exercise.
Evening meals were pitched as a three-course affair, however they were never overly indulgent. Tasmanian wines are served to wind down before an early night of rest (with all that walking you tire pretty quickly in the evenings)!!
Price: $3,000 AUD per person, twin share

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World of Wanderlust experienced the Overland Track as a guest of Cradle Mountain Huts & Tourism Tasmania, however my opinion is always my own.

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    May 27, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Tasmania is now definitely on the bucket list!
    Amazing photos, I really like the landscape. But I guess I will go with the low budget option and won’t take an organized tour, as I have hiked in the Alps already. So I know that sometimes its even more challenging to hike a track which is not that difficult. You start to feel super bored..
    Lovely to read your experiences, thanks for sharing them!
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    Larisa Duță
    February 17, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Omg, I want there! 😀

    February 17, 2015 at 1:35 am

    I had never heard of this trek before I watched your vlog, but now it’s definitely on the list!

    February 16, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Looks lovely. I hope I get the chance to go there before I leave Australia.

    I love your blog and its a good inspiration for my travels. I just started my travel blog and hopefully it will be as nice as yours one day 🙂


    February 16, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    These landscapes look stunning!
    It’s true what you said about people leaving their own countries to explore for later. I come from one of the greenest, prettiest spot in Europe, and yet I hardly travelled around it! Such a shame, I really need to improve that!

    February 16, 2015 at 5:49 am

    Blessings and wow
    Not the adventurous type at least not the mountain climbing, skydiver, white water rafting sort, have anchored feet firmly rooted. I do however like to read about it.

    Love the photographs though, can i steal a couple? specifically the post header photo and its relative – the open plane with the water puddles that reflect the blue sky (Overland2.jpg).

    Thanks for the vicarious adventure.

    EmilyAnne (Eat All Over The World)
    February 15, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Tasmania is so beautiful!

    Emma @ Travels on Tour
    February 15, 2015 at 6:00 am

    Tasmania is beautiful. This is definitely on my list of walks to complete now, and the Tasmanian Walking Company seems like a good way to do it – I’d need to reward myself with a good meal and comfy bed.

    February 15, 2015 at 4:25 am

    Gorgeous scenery, will be keeping this in mind for my next trip down under.

    February 15, 2015 at 3:56 am

    Tasmania is one of the places in the world that fascinate me the most – for its adventure and natural beauty. So glad to find some more inspiration here!

    February 15, 2015 at 3:55 am

    Tasmania is one of the places in the world that fascinates me the most – for its adventure and natural beauty. So glad to find some more inspiration here!

    February 15, 2015 at 3:31 am

    Wow, that looks amazing!

    February 15, 2015 at 2:57 am

    oh, I love hiking! hopefully one day I will be able to do this track in Tasmania…

    Claire-Line's travelogues
    February 15, 2015 at 2:13 am

    Stunning!!!!! Such a lovely place to hike!

    February 15, 2015 at 1:37 am

    What an incredible experience! On the cheaper end I would want to pitch a tent but at the same time, comfort = cabin aha!

    February 15, 2015 at 1:18 am

    amazing Tasmania , 3k AUD pp is certainly great option

    February 15, 2015 at 1:10 am

    I saw this on your YouTube channel as well and enjoyed the video.
    These types of hikes are really great and here in Bosnia and Herzegovina, you can find a lot of them as well. I like the multi-day aspect of this one!

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