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Review of Wilderness Expeditions - Self-Guided Day Walk Tour

Wilderness Expeditions - Self-Guided Day Walk Tour
Ranked #789 of 654 things to do in Tasmania
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Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia
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11 reviews
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“One of the world's best!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2013

Since our last visit 12 years ago, a limitation on numbers and improvements to the track and huts have meant an even better experience. Our recommendations would be: 1. take your time and don't race through it, 2. cook in the huts and get to meet the other walkers, 3. include Pine Valley and its side trips (Labyrinth and Acropolis) as part of your trip, 4. be prepared for all weather and MUD (it's part of the mystique of the Overland track), 5. the side trips are part of the track...take your time and do them all, 6. go outside during the night with your headlamp and check out the wildlife (wombats at Pelion), and 7. test out all of your equipment prior to the trip.
We really liked the improvements at Pelion (worth staying a couple of nights) and Windy Ridge (the viewing platform is excellent although the hut is a bit soul-less).
Wish we were back there already!!

Visited February 2013
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“Stunning!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013

No need for a guide- this walk is easy to follow, and the national park huts are excellent (Pelion Hut is everyone's favourite!). If you have the time and fitness the side trails are what really make this trip. Pine Valley is stunning and worth a day or two, and the view from Mount Ossa is spectacular (the latter is a bit of a scramble, so only attempt in good weather and if you're pretty confident with hillwalking). Oh, and don't wimp out and take the ferry from Narcissus Hut- the last bit of the trail around Lake St. Clair is lovely, and you'll get much more of a sense of achievement! There's a free campsite at Lake St. Clair, worth staying a couple of nights to do some day walks in the area, and you can use the showers at the posh campsite for a $5 fee when you show your Overland Track pass.

Visited February 2013
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Canberra
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22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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“Overland Track guided Walk Cradle Mountain Tasmania”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

In March 2007 I had the pleasure of experiencing the Overland Track Walk organised through Cradle Mountain Huts.
What made this Walk a special treat to start with was that I had the company of another 7 of my friends and the Group was limited to a total of 10 people with 2 guides.
CMH did a great job picking us up and transporting us to Cradle Mountain via the mural town of Sheffield. Our Guides were young but well informed and this was big advantage from my point of view as we were able to enjoy the flora and fauna without having to look up information in a booklet. the catering in all the Huts(5) we stayed in was very good. Meals were interesting and varied and there was cold wine available every night.
Our Guides had to carry a lot of the products into the huts as we went so our packs were no more than 12kg at best.
On our trip in March 2007 the weather was excellent for all bar the last day or 2 when we got a little rain, so one could certainly expect any sort of weather at any time of the year.
The degree of difficulty of this Walk could be described as Hard as conditions could certainly vary and the climb to Marion's lookout on day 1 could certainly test even the hardiest of Walkers.
The condition of the Track varies both in quality and type, once again dependant on recent weather, as there is only a limited amount of duckboard and you could encounter some very muddy and rough parts along the way.
This made the the Walk more interesting but some of the more memorable aspects of this Walk were the side trips we were fortunate enough to do. The best experience for me was the ascent of Mount Ossa on day 4 and I classify this as one of the great days in my limited Hiking experience.
This was a tough climb firstly traversing over The side of Mt Doris and then clambering over the enormous dolorite boulders that formed part of the track up between the 2 large 'spires' that guarded the first false peak on the way to the top of Mt Ossa. Our party included reasonably fit people as old as 68 and only 2 of them opted out of this side trip. I recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity, either guided or as a free walker!
There were many other highlights along the way that I hope all Walkers get to experience not the least being the icy dip I took in Douglas Creek so that the Guides weren't the only ones to talk about it at dinner that night! Meeting Elvis( the largest brush tail possum I have every seen) at Kia Ora Hut was another special bonus. I wonder if he is still alive and frequenting that Hut?
Once the Walk was over we were transported back to the drop off location and enjoyed a snack and champagne, which was a fitting way to end a truly memorable Hike, made all the more wonderful by the expertise of our Guides and the beautiful friends I got to share it with.

Visited March 2012
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Shoalheven
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“Well worth the sore knees”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2013

It is not easy (for a 65 yr old) but well worth the effort. The views are terrific and the only way to see them is to walk the track from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair. If you want some comfort in private huts with great meals, guides and a lighter pack I highly recommend Cradle Mountain Huts.

Visited February 2013
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Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Hard work, but worth every bit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2013

Hard to know where to begin. Some points:
The first day is hard work, but worth it, with spectacular views of Crater Lake and the walk through to Windemere (or you can stop at Waterfall).
The huts are basic and noisy, but convenient, and very sociable.
The track quality is improving every year but there are hard bits, so be prepared.
Enjoy - take your time, chat to people, it'll be one of the best experiences of your life.
Weather- sounds like Feb is it. We had one day of low cloud (therefore damp, but not raining per se) in five.
Stop and have a swim. It's too nice not to.

Visited February 2013
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