Hiking the Overland Track, Tasmania

Overland Track, Tasmania

There are few places in the world more diverse, wild and enigmatic than Tasmania, Australia’s island state. Several years back I hiked the Overland Track, an 80-kilometre traverse of the island’s western mountains through the Cradle Mountain-Lake Sinclair National Park.

Tasmanian Wildlife Identification Chart

Tasmanian Wildlife Identification Chart

It was the middle of winter, and whilst the track is popular in the summer months, with some 8,000 enthusiasts completing the distance each year, we had the mountains to ourselves. Initially bemused by the solitude, we swiftly gained a little light on the matter as the path ascended and drifts of snow began to drown the way. What should have been a four-day stroll, ended up being an eight-day trudge through waist-deep snow and sub-zero nights, a mishap that gifted me with one of the greatest hikes of my life.

I could write tirelessly about the wonders of the Overland Track in winter – its curious wildlife, temperate rainforest and its majestic mountains – but will instead let the photographs and sketches do the talking, beginning with a Tasmania Wildlife Identification Chart.

Reflections of a bog

Reflections of a bog

Snowy mountains, Tasmania

Snowy mountains

Highland plateaus

Highland plateaus

Rising mist

Rising mist

Frozen tropics

Frozen tropics

Outcrops

Outcrops

Hidden paths of the Overland

Hidden paths of the Overland

Translucency

Translucency

Wallaby in the snow

Wallaby in the snow

Waterfalls beside the Overland Track

Waterfalls beside the Overland Track

Sunset from a cabin

Sunset from a cabin

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16 thoughts on “Hiking the Overland Track, Tasmania

  1. Absolutely stunning photos! Thanks for sharing the sights from your hike. It was obviously worth it. We recently traveled around Tasmania and thought that Cradle Mountain was the jewel in the crown.

    Excellent wildlife pics too btw! 🙂

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  2. Ive enjoyed your blog! A great discovery. One of my dreams is to do the overland. Ill be sure to use your animal identification chart. Lol 🙂

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  3. Beautiful photos of a beautiful place! I am heading off to do the Overland in September, so your post has increased my desire to see it all. I have done Cradle Mountain years ago, and am keen to get back to such a diverse and inspiring place. Thankyou for sharing your story 🙂 Leah

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