We were expecting a challenge, but this was tough! Despite many sections of the track being reasonbly well maintained boardwalks, the rest of the track was either very old boardwalks in a state of some disrepair or a tangle of tree roots, muddy, boggy, rocky, steep (and requiring HUGE steps up over boulders) - in other words, every step required consideration effort and concentration. We consider ourselves to be reasonably fit and have done a couple of other similar long walks previously, but this was exhausting partly because of of constant change of terrain and quality of the track, and also because we were there during a week of record high temperatures in Tasmania - just our luck, we were prepared for blizzards, snow and ice, NOT sweltering heat! However, don't want to sound as if we didn't enjoyed it because we did and there is some sensational natural wilderness out there and we had plenty of sightings of wallabies, pademelons,echidnas, snakes (!!) lizards and birdlife. There are many optional detours off the main track, most notably the climb to Mt Doris and Mr Ossa (highest point in Tas where you can see 1/3 of the state on a clear day - highly recommended but NOT an easy climb and not for the feint hearted.
There are some pristine rock pools and streams along the way for a refreshing (icy) dip and a plunge into Lake St Clair at the end is an absolute must.
We travelled in a group with Cradle Huts (private huts) so had a hot meal, showers, and a glass of wine at the end of each hard day's trekking. The public huts look fine, and there are camping platforms as well, although if you decide to do it that way then be prepared to carry a lot bigger back pack than we did.
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