The Overland Track is Australia’s premier alpine walk. It’s a 65 kilometre, six-day trek through the heart of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The scenery and the physical challenge of the Overland Track have assured it a national and international reputation as one of the great wilderness bushwalks. During the popular walking months, from 1 October to 31 May (inclusive) you must book your walk, pay a fee, and walk from north (Cradle Mountain) to south (Lake St Clair). During winter and early spring, from 1 June to 30 September, you do not need to book or pay, and can walk in either direction.
The walk starts at Ronny Creek in Cradle Valley, beside Cradle Mountain. Over the next six days, walkers journey through a landscape of glacially-carved valleys, ancient rainforests, fragrant eucalypt forest, golden buttongrass moorlands alpine meadows. Optional side-trips include waterfalls and mountain summits, including Mt Ossa (1617 metres) – Tasmania’s highest peak. There are huts along the way or camp sites if you prefer.