This is a 6-day on the Overland Track adventure; you’ll carry a large pack and learn to adapt in the wilderness. With this trek departing in the main walking season from October to May, conditions are generally good for camping and walking. The roughly 65km Overland Track starts at Cradle Mountain in Tasmania’s central northwest and finishes at the northern shores of Lake St Clair. As you head south, you will pass through an array of unique Central Highland landscapes such a moss-lined Jurassic looking forests, low alpine moorlands, eucalyptus woodlands and scenic mountain plateaus and passes. Along the way, there are also side treks where you will visit pristine lakes, beautiful waterfalls and historic landmarks, and weather permitting, climb Mt Ossa, the highest mountain in Tasmania. It’s hard not to see why this iconic track draws walkers from all over the world to experience the beauty of this Wilderness World Heritage Area.
9 Days Total
Only a 30% deposit is required to secure your position unless the trek date is within 60 days and then the full payment is required. If the trek date is not guaranteed to depart yet, please do not book flights or pre-trek accommodation until we have confirmed the date as guaranteed in the box. Your funds will be held in our adventure holding account until guaranteed.
Join us on this 6-day fully supported and professionally guided trek through the iconic Overland Track during the normal trekking season (October – May). All treks during the normal season walk north to south from Cradle Mountains to Lake St Clair, which is the opposite of our exclusive winter traverse.
The normal season of warmer months can deliver some of the best weather opportunities to explore this spectacular region fully. Many native flora and fauna that inhabit this world-class wilderness area thrive and are very active in warmer conditions. Each day will bring a new adventure and experience as you traverse through the ever-changing and beautiful landscapes to your new overnight camp.
While there are some long days of walking, rough track sections and challenging climbs, this Overland Track trek is graded moderate. Most of the trek is on established tracks and boardwalks that are suitable for adventurous and relatively fit people, as well as the healthy first-timers looking to get into more serious trekking. Given the Overland Track is one of Australia’s most beautiful and iconic wilderness multi-day walks, you will take home many unforgettable memories, as well as make some new lifelong trekking friendships.
- Stunning views of the Central Tasmanian Highlands
- Complete one of Australia’s most iconic wilderness walks
- With the right conditions, summit Ossa, the highest mountain in Tasmania
- Explore the incredible beauty of this World Heritage Listed area
- Side treks to pristine lakes, cascading waterfalls and historic landmarks
- Enjoy close encounters with some of the local and diverse native animals
- Learn to become more confident in the wilderness
- Get back to outdoor basics with this camping and trekking experience.
DAY 1 - ARRIVE IN LAUNCESTON
Day 1 – Arrive in Launceston, Tasmania
Meals Included: meals at your own cost
Accommodation: hotel – twin share
You will arrive at Launceston Airport in Tasmania and make your way to your hotel in beautiful central Launceston. Your rooms won’t be available until around 2:00 pm, so if you arrive early, you can store your luggage at the reception. The Peak Potential Adventures Team will already be at the hotel, so arrive at your convenience, but an earlier arrival in Launceston will mean that we can use some of Saturday to sort out your equipment and complete gear checks. Earlier arrival may also mean you will have some free time to look around Launceston. That night we can head out for some team dinner.
DAY 2 - LAUNCESTON
Day 2 – Prepare for Trek in Launceston
Meals Included: meals at your own cost
Accommodation: hotel – twin share
We will use the morning to organise our food requirements for the trek, as well as sort out any last-minute personal equipment requirements. We will be mostly using dehydrated and pre-packed rations to keep your overall pack weight down during the trek. We will have a food drop walked into Pelion Plains, which is the halfway point of the trek. We will aim for pack weights to be less than 15kg, so there may be some gear rearranging required. We will assist you with this task. Any gear that you won’t be taking on the trek can be left at the hotel as we will be returning to the hotel after the trek. Please leave your remaining gear at the hotel in a locked duffel bag or suitcase. Sunday night will be a free night.
DAY 3 - BUS RIDE TO CRADLE MOUNTAIN - TREK TO WATERFALL VALLEY
Day 3 – Bus Ride Launceston to Cradle Mountain (Ronny Creek) and trek to Waterfall Valley
Trekking/Travel Time: 5-6 hours plus side trips and 3-hour bus ride
Distance: 10km plus side trips
Meals: camp meals
Accommodation: camping in two-person tents with facilities at Waterfall Valley Hut
Our Overland Track adventure begins with a two-hour private bus ride from Launceston to Cradle Mountain. From here, we will trek to Waterfall Valley, which is a 10km trek or around 5-6 hours going, excluding any side trips.
Today we will pass some of the most beautiful scenery on the track. We will trek up Marion’s Lookout, which has spectacular views back to Dove Lake and Crater Lake, which are the subject of so many beautiful photos of this region and then past Cradle Mountain. Depending on the weather and time, we will look to climb Cradle Mountain as a side trip. At the top of the Water Valley escarpment, before we descend into the valley, you will be rewarded with sweeping panoramic views to the south of The Overland Track and across the Central Tasmanian Highlands, which we will be traversing over the coming days. Waterfall Valley is nestled below the sweeping hills of the Bluff Cirque.
DAY 4 - LAKE WINDERMERE
Day 4 – Trek Waterfall Valley to Lake Windermere
Trekking Time: 3-4 hours
Distance: 8km plus side trips
Meals: camp meals
Accommodation: camping in two-person tents with facilities at Windermere Hut
As we head off, located close to Waterfall Valley, are several spectacular waterfalls. Surrounding the waterfalls are alpine rain forest, including the rare and ancient pencil pine native to Tasmania. Pencil pines date back more than a thousand years old and are remnants from the ancient forests that covered the earth over 60 million years ago. After exploring the waterfalls, we begin crossing undulating alpine plains that open out as we pass one of the largest lake systems in the National Park, Lake Will. The side trek to Lake Will has a beautiful view of Barn Bluff. Next, we cross alpine moorland before arriving at Lake Windermere Camp, located on the southern side of the lake. Lake Windermere provides an excellent opportunity for a refreshing swim.
DAY 5 - PELION PLAINS
Day 5 – Trek Lake Windermere to Pelion Plains
Trekking Time: 7-8 hours
Meals: camp meals
Accommodation: camping in two-person tents with facilities at New Pelion Plains Hut
Today will be the longest of the trek to Pelion Plains. Today begins with a walk through lightly timbered forests and across buttongrass moorlands to the beautiful lookout at Forth Gorge. In the distance from Forth Gorge lookout, you can see the peaks of mounts Ossa, Oakleigh, Pelion East and West, as well as Du Cane Range. From here, we pass over some undulating pine forest moor on our way to Frog Flats, which is a low lying wet section that is crossed by the River Forth. This low lying section of the track is home to some beautifully coloured mosses and fungi. From Frog Flats, we will ascend through thick forest to Pelion Plains, where the Forth Valley Track diverts off to the Old Pelion Hut. From here, we only have a short walk along to Pelion Plains, which is home to the largest of the track’s huts and sits at the junction of the Overland and Arm River tracks. We will also receive a food resupply at Pelion Plains.
DAY 6 - KIA ORA
Day 6 – Trek Pelion Plains to Kia Ora
Trekking Time: 5-6 hours
Distance: 9km plus side trips
Meals: camp meals
Accommodation: camping in two-person tents with facilities at Kia Ora Hut
Today we head up towards Pelion Gap, where we will have the chance to potentially summit Mt Ossa, the highest mountain in Tasmania with a height of 1613m. The side trip to Mt Ossa is completed without your large backpack. On a clear day, Mt Ossa is a spectacular viewing platform with beautiful sweeping panoramic views of this World Heritage Area. You can see as far north as Cradle Mountain and south to Lake St Clair, where the Overland Track finishes. After our climb of Mt Ossa, we head back to Pelion Gap, where we will descend through Pinestone Valley before climbing a small ridge to arrive at our overnight camp, Kia Ora.
DAY 7 - BERT NICHOLS
Day 7 – Trek Kia Ora to Bert Nichols Hut
Trekking Time: 4-5 hours
Distance: 10km plus side trips
Meals: camp meals
Accommodation: camping in two-person tents with facilities at Bert Nichols Hut
After leaving Kia Ora and not too far up the track, we will reach Du Cane Hut. Du Cane Hut was built in 1910 by King Billy Pine by a trapper as a support base for his trade. From there and not too far down the track, there are side trips to see the D’Alton, Fergusson, and Hartnett falls, which flow into the mighty Mersey River. The track then climbs steadily up to Du Cane Gap (1070 m), where you are rewarded with spectacular views of Mt Geryon, and the Acropolise Peaks, which are part of the Du Cane Range. The track then descends through eucalypt forests to Bert Nichols Hut, where we will spend our last night.
DAY 8 - TREK TO LAKE ST CLAIR - BUS RIDE TO LAUNCESTON
Day 8 – Trek to Narcissus Hut, ferry ride to Lake St Clair and bus ride to Launceston
Trekking/Travel Time: 3-4-hours trekking and 3-hour bus
Meals Included: meals at your own cost
Accommodation: hotel – twin share
Today is the final day of your Overland Track adventure. As we leave Bert Nichols Hut, the track descends through a valley of temperate rain and eucalypt forests to the Narcissus River. We continue to follow the track to a suspension bridge that traverses over the Narcissus River, where the finish Lake St Clair is now insight. Lake St Clair is the deepest natural lake in the Southern Hemisphere, and from here, you’ll also have views of Mt Ida and Mount Olympus. From here, we will have a 30-minute ferry ride to the Lake St Clair visitors hut, where we can have a celebratory lunch and drink before we board the bus to head back to Launceston. We would arrive in Launceston late afternoon.
DAY 9 - DEPART LAUNCESTON
Day 9 – Depart Launceston for Home
Meals included: meals at your own cost
Today you will book out of your hotel in Launceston and make your own way to Launceston Airport for your return flight home. Some of you may be staying on to participate in other holiday activities in Tasmania.
WHY TREK WITH US
Peak Potential Adventures operates small group adventures both in Australia and overseas and was founded by a group of experienced adventurers who have built a solid and well-regarded reputation. Our experience in the outdoors has been built from the ground up over many years. Adaptability, planning, logistics, transparency and professionalism are our strengths and qualities. Meeting your expectations, servicing your needs, keeping you safe and delivering value for money adventure experience are our priorities. Taking on an adventure can sometimes seem a bit daunting, so one of our most important qualities is that we are approachable and always available to answer any questions or provide advice – with us, you’ll always get a personalised level of service.
- We provide experienced and professional guides with local knowledge experience through the track
- Our Overland Track normal trek has a maximum number of 12 people or less
- We offer some flexibility with the itinerary options
- We only work with the best operator and supplier in Tasmania
- You’ll get a very high level of service because you are guided and looked after by the business stakeholders
- We are qualified personal trainers and can get you ready for your adventure with an individual training program
- All our guides hold first aid qualifications and can provide wilderness rescue
- All our adventures have formulated operational plans for emergencies or evacuations
- We are fully licensed and accredited in the areas of our adventure operations.
- Local Australian professional guides with extensive outdoor and adventure experience
- Transport to and from The Overland Track by private minibus
- 3x nights twin share accommodation in a very comfortable three-half star hotel in Launceston – two nights before the trek and two nights after the trek (Please contact our team if you would like to pay extra for a single supplement room)
- All food on the track in the form of ration packs
- Lake St Clair ferry ride to Narcissus Hut to end the trek
- Porter walk into Pelion Hut with group food resupply
- Ongoing fitness training, support and advice
- Full equipment advice and personal shopping trips if required
- Emergency remote communications and group first aid kit
- All national park permits.
- Return domestic airfares to Launceston, Tasmania
- Some essential camping equipment per team of two (stove, tent). All equipment can be hired in Launceston. (Allow $50-$70 per person for main camping items. Please also let us know what gear you have so we can work out if it is better for you to hire or purchase).
- Travel insurance (It’s not compulsory to have travel insurance for this trek. Please refer to the FAQ section)
- Personal expenditure
- Additional hotel room charges.
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Terrain Difficulty: High
Fitness Grade: Medium-High – You should be able to walk at least 8-10 hours with a large pack of up to 20kg. This is a trek and requires no prior trekking experience. A moderate to high level of fitness is required though as most days will involve trekking carrying a large pack. The route is non-technical but will undulate significantly both up and down along the track.
With any adventure, preparation is vital for success. Peak Potential Adventures provides an ongoing training and equipment support program during the lead up to the trek. Regular contact and support will be provided through the Peak Potential Facebook page, as well as by email, phone and personally as required. We strongly suggest that you find a local training and trek partner to undertake this trek with you. This will go a long way in providing vital ongoing motivation for training and support, not just leading up to the trek, but also during it.
Sticking to a fitness program in the months prior to trekking the Overland Track is a vital part of preparation. It is true that attempting to become as fit as possible may not ultimately help, it will be the training that is done with your endurance and large pack build-up that will make the most difference. Training on both up and down hills will be the best training for completing the Overland Track successfully.
Other than building up your endurance, activities such as jogging, cycling, swimming and boxing all increase the heart rate and improve your cardiovascular (CV) fitness. The best option is to attempt to include activities that you enjoy, which will improve the chances of actually continuing with a fitness program. Performing the same exercise every time is not recommended, as sooner or later the body becomes accustomed to the training and is thus no longer challenged by it. Effective methods of training include cross-training and interval training. Cross-training involves performing at least two different forms of exercise in one session; whilst interval training includes varying your effort level substantially every couple of minutes during a single session. Both of these techniques keep the heart challenged on an ongoing basis, ensuring that your CV fitness is constantly on the increase.
The closer it gets to the trek, the longer cardio sessions should last. Ideally, a month before the trek is due to commence, you should be training for around 45 minutes at least three times a week. Closer to the commencement of the trek, it is advisable to include activities such as steep hill climbing with your large pack with a moderate weight up to 15kg and long hikes to build up your endurance. Any training that is similar to the Overland Track and carrying a large pack will be beneficial, even a short hike every second weekend. Purchasing a large pack in advance and taking it on ‘practice runs’ will help to prepare your body for the conditions it will experience during the trek. If you cannot get out into the mountains regularly, find a gym that has a summit climber in their equipment line-up. These machines work the climbing muscles that will be used during the trek. Also, as previously mentioned, try and do the trek with a partner. A trek partner is not only a great source of motivation leading up to the trek, but you will be great support for each other during the trip – making the whole experience more enjoyable. Purchase a weighted vest that allows for a build-up in weight will also help in the early days of preparing to carry weight over distance.
The Peak Potential Adventures Team will be available leading up to the trek to provide training advice and ensure you are physically prepared. They will also provide valuable advice on your mental preparation and what to expect when completing the Overland Track in the main walking season.
After you have booked, the Peak Potential Adventures team will discuss with you personally your requirements and your budget.
The extra luggage that you will not be taking on The Overland Track can be left in a locked storage room at the hotel in Launceston for no extra charge. We would also suggest taking a bag that you can lock with a combination lock for additional security. Please try to avoid taking any valuables that you will have to leave behind at the hotel. The Peak Potential Adventures team will discuss with you personally your equipment requirements to determine your budget and potential future use to decide whether to hire some equipment in Launceston or purchase it prior to the trek. We will also provide you with the current equipment hire list in Launceston. We would anticipate that team members would need to hire a two-person tent and a stove per team of two, as most people may not have this equipment. Our team is very familiar with most of the outdoor equipment brands, and their performance suitability for a winter trek like this in Tasmania.
Points to Remember
- This trek is fully self-sufficient, so what we take in, we will have to carry (need to think lightweight and minimalist)
- There will be a basic food resupply at Pelion Hut at the halfway point
- The approximate pack weight should be no more than 20kgs
- Pack size should be circa 75 litres and have a comfortable harness for carrying loads (make sure it has a rain cover and a detachable daypack is an advantage for side trips)
- A two-person tent will need to be shared carried between two team members
- A portable stove and gas will need to be shared carried between two team members
- Store electronics in sealed waterproof zip-locked bags
- Wrap clothing in plastic bags or waterproof stuff sacks (large outdoor garbage bags works well as a pack liner)
- With it being winter, we will need to carry some extra clothing for additional warmth
- Depending on current weather conditions and forecasts, we may need to hire and carry snowshoes.
- Large backpack around 75 litres (pack is better to be too large than too small and make sure it has a rain cover)
- Lockable collapsible duffel bag to leave at the hotel (90-100 litres is good as it provides some extra room)
- Plastic outdoor garbage bags, or waterproof stuff sacks
- Combination lock.
Note: The most convenient system for expedition travel is to take a 90-100 litre collapsible duffel bag and pack your 75 plus litre backpack into the duffel bag. The duffel bag also will protect your backpack when travelling on flights and in transit. You can then use the lockable collapsible duffel to leave your gear in at the hotel for when you return. You can leave clean clothes and excess toiletries at the hotel so that you have clean clothes for your return to Launceston and home. Mountain Designs sells good soft collapsible duffels in various sizes that would fit your large walking pack inside.
Note: You want your inner layer to be wicking material – not cotton. The next layer should be insulating and warm like fleece, and the top layer should be waterproof but breathable like Gortex or Event. You can get away with cheaper non-breathable wet weather gear, but it is not ideal for long days as it sweats and you can become wet from the inside. We also suggest an insulated down jacket/vest with a hood that you can put on during breaks, or at night, as it will get cold during these times. We will most likely be staying in the huts which are heated on most nights, but we have to be prepared to sleep in tents if we are caught in bad weather, or the huts are full. It is a quiet time of year, so we would anticipate we would sleep in the huts on most evenings.
- Long trekking trousers with belt (one good pair should be enough and zip-off legs can be handy)
- Pair of short/long-legged compression shorts/pants (any brand of compressions shorts/pants are good)
- Long-sleeved wicking trekking shirt (one good long sleeve top should be enough)
- Thermal long underwear and top (merino wool or polypropylene are best)
- Fleece jacket (medium weight)
- Fleece trousers (nice to get into around the hut to let your trekking pants dry off or air out)
- Down jacket/vest with a hood or synthetic equivalent (for temperatures below freezing plus wind chill)
- Waterproof jacket and trousers (make sure the jacket fits over your down jacket/vest and breathable is better. Also, make sure your waterproof pants can be put on without taking off your boots)
- Gloves or mittens (waterproof, one thin pair, one thick pair that can be layered together)
- Woollen beanie or balaclava and neck warmer (buffs are good as neck warmers)
- Sun hat.
Note: Please make sure to break in your boots extremely well before the trek!
- Trekking boots for hiking during the day (they must be warm, waterproof, and with ankle support – not too light and not too heavy. Leather or a composite boot is perfect. Have a look at Salomon boots like the X Ultra 4 GTX)
- Comfortable sandals for lounging in the evening to let your feet breathe (Crocs are good, or rubber thongs)
- Gaiters (long gaiters that reach to just under your knees)
- Wool socks for colder conditions (2x good pairs should be enough just in case one pair gets wet)
- Sock liners to wick away moisture. (2x pairs as these act as a change of socks and they can be washed if required).
- Sleeping bag (Rated -05 degrees Celcius (light down jacket or vest makes a great pillow)
- Inflatable sleeping mat (¾ is good to consider to save on size and weight).
- 2x 1litre water bottles, or Camelback 2-3 litres (Neglane largemouth water bottles work well. Also To prevent water from freezing in your Camelback hose, blow air back into the bladder after each sip and drink often)
- Micro towel
- Small vacuum flask
- Lightweight cup
- Lightweight cooking pan, plate, knife, fork and spoon. (eBay is excellent to purchase some cheap trekking equipment)
- Sunglasses (preferably polarised)
- Trekking poles (not necessary, but some people prefer them)
- Headlamp and a small torch
- Small portable camera
- Bring enough batteries for your headlamp/flashlight and camera as cold weather shortens their life
- Playing cards or a book for the evenings
- Plastic bags and zip-lock bags for waterproofing
- Toilet tissue (biodegradable)
- Baby wipes
- Toothbrush and toothpaste. (small travel items are good)
- Small bottles of hand sanitisers (sanitisers bottles with a small carabineer are great to hang off your pants or pack)
- Small talcum powder (great for drying out your feet at night)
Note: Some of the above items can be purchased in Launceston before the trek when doing our food shopping.
Note: One of the expedition leaders will be carrying a medium first aid kit for the group that will contain all of this medical equipment, but we would highly recommend that you carry a small personal first aid kit that contains these basic items.
- Ibuprofen or Panadol
- Throat lozenges. (Betadine lozenges seem to work very well)
- Small band-aides
- Large band-aids or Elastoplast (for blisters)
- Sunscreen (SPF 50+) & lip balm (small sunscreen with a carabineer is handy to hang off your pants or pack)
- Small antiseptic cream
- Diarrhea medication (Gastro Stop is good).
Food and Snacks
Note: Your guides will go with the team shopping, and we will organise our food requirements for the trek during our two-day initial stay in Launceston. We will use this time to perform equipment checks and to pick up any last-minute equipment that you may need. This time will also be used to become familiar with the stoves and tents. The way we think about food preparation will be based on a daily ration pack system that will be packed in separate zip lock bags. Food needs to be light, but it also needs to be nutritional containing, proteins, carbohydrates, sugars and warm liquids. We will advise you what foods are best, and then you can build your ration packs around your taste for the trek.
Please feel to contact the Peak Potential Adventures team to discuss any equipment that you may be looking at purchasing to ensure that it will be suitable on the trek. To make it easier, please email through a link to the item so we can assess the technical aspects of the item. The three main pieces of equipment that we put most emphasis on to ensure a comfortable trek are, warm down jacket/vest with hood, boots and a comfortable load carrying backpack.
SAFETY AND REGULATIONS
Safety and Regulation Requirements
All Peak Potential Adventures leaders who guide on the Overland Track are first aid qualified
Our team uses both short and long-range communication equipment that includes, UHF radios, EPIRBs and satellite devices like Garmin Reach, or satellite phone for more remote adventures
Peak Potential Adventures is approved as an authorised operator by the Tasmanian National Parks and Wildlife Service to lead commercial treks into Tasmanian national parks and undergo ongoing compliance requirements to hold this authority
Peak Potential Adventures holds public liability insurance of $10 million through Active Underwriting Specialists.
Please ensure that you read our booking terms and conditions below.
If there’s a question that we haven’t covered for you, we are just an email or phone call away.
How often do you run the trek?
At this stage, we will only be operating potentially four Overland Track treks a year which will be during the main walking season from October to May. Conditions will still be cold in Tasmania in the earlier part of the main season, but it's our intention to operate more between November and February depending on commercial availability. Having a smaller number of treks, also allows us to ensure proper training and preparation is undertaken to ensure you are ready for the trek and have been doing the proper training to carry a larger hiking pack. We pride ourselves on delivering on our service because it is a big investment for you, so we want you to enjoy the experience. And for us, it's all about quality, not quantity.
What if the fixed dates don't work, can you organise a group custom trek?
Yes, if the dates that we have organised don't work, we can organise a custom date that would suit, but the group would have to be 6 trekkers or more and could be for both the winter and normal season.
What is the best time of year to trek the Overland Track?
It is our belief that the early and late winter season is the most beautiful season to be trekking, but the cold can make the trek more challenging, so anytime between October and May is generally lovely through the Tasmanian Central Highlands. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss doing the Overland Track winter trek and to see if it is right for you.
How hard is the actual trek?
With the right preparation and guides, the trek is very achievable. The trek has a food supply walked in at Pelion Hut, so we can reduce overall pack weight by carrying less food. The real success of this trek is having the right gear and training and ensuring that you have not overloaded your pack so that you are carrying more weight than you require. We are very experienced in this sort of trekking, so we will work with you on your gear preparation and fitness training to make sure you are fully ready for the conditions. For this length of the trek and the supplies and equipment provided to be self-sufficient, you should not be carrying more than around 16kg. We also spend time developing a team culture prior to the trek, so that we all help each other along the way.
What's the climate like?
We would expect conditions in the normal trekking season to be nice, but being Tasmania, conditions can be unpredictable, but we will ensure you have the right gear for the forecast weather conditions.
What is the typical day like on the track?
You will be woken up usually by the movement around the huts or campsite at around 7:00 AM. We would generally aim to be on the track by around 9:00 AM. The days differ in distance, so we will make a judgment call each day as to departure time as the weather will also play a part for the day. How the team is feeling will also play a part, but 9:00 AM will be the lastest as it is nice to get to the next campsite, and there might be some worthwhile side treks along the way on some days. You will in most cases have lunch along the way to the next campsite and we will take regular stops to rest and take in the scenery and get some photos.
Can I stay on after the trek?
Yes, you can extend your stay to explore more of Tasmania. These arrangements would need to be made by you and would be at your own cost. We are happy to discuss post-trek ideas with you.
What is the accommodation like in Launceston?
The accommodation in Launceston is a comfortable and clean mid-range three-star hotel and will be on a twin-share accommodation basis, but we can adjust the accommodation according to your budget (i.e. budget up to five-star). If you would like to book your own room, please let us know when you book, but there will be additional costs. If the group size is an odd number, there will be no additional cost if you end up in your own room.
What is the accommodation and food like on the track?
The accommodation on the track will be tents on purpose-built tent sites. We will be camped near accommodation huts. These huts are used by self-guided trekkers. Over the years, the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service have been upgrading many of the huts to be able to sleep more and provide better facilities. Even though we are camping in tents, we will still be able to use the hut during our stay to prepare meals and relax as required. All of the huts have heating. Only one tent per team of two needs to be carried. If the team numbers are odd, we will work around that by using a one-person tent.
The food during the trek will be pre-prepared ration packs. The ration packs are designed to provide enough nutrition and have been designed by some of Australia leading outdoor nutrition companies such as Campers Pantry and On Track Meals and have been constructed to be light and compact. They will be a mixture of dehydrated meals and real food meals as well as trail and energy snacks. We will organise a food drop a Pelion Hut which will be limited to 30kg, so this will also assist in reducing your overall pack weight. Most of the food will need to be cooked on a portable stove, but obviously, foods like chocolate bars, muesli bars and lollies can just be carried throughout the day to snack on during rest breaks. You will only need to carry one stove per team of two, but if the team numbers are odd, the odd person will team up with the guides for the meal preparations.
Why use Peak Potential Adventures?
Our guides and the way we run our treks are second to none. You will only get very experienced guides on our treks that you can trust. We pride ourselves on ensuring that everyone has a positive, rewarding and safe experience. We leave nothing to chance in our preparation and are always thinking about our client's safety and enjoyment during the trek.
The buddy system
For a wilderness trek like this, we aim to set up a team of two buddy system. This will allow equipment to be shared to reduce weight and to also assist each other in both the night and morning routines. We will help with establishing an efficient buddy routine during the trek. As trek buddies, you will also look after each other and share the workload as required.
How many people could be on this trek?
This trek is limited to a maximum of 12 people on a 1 guide per 4 clients ratio.
What is the minimum age?
Because of insurance and liability reasons, the minimum age for this trek is 18.
How fit do I need to be and can I get fit?
The Overland Track trek can be completed by anyone who is relatively fit and those who are willing to get fit. A significant advantage in undertaking this challenge with Peak Potential Adventures is that our team are also qualified, personal trainers. We have had significant experience in multi-day pack hiking and fitness preparation so we will provide you with ongoing personalised advice and support on your training and fitness requirements to ensure you are ready. Also, trekking through the Overland Track is not all about fitness, it's as much a mental challenge and just having the right equipment for the conditions. We will prepare you for the conditions, make sure you have the right equipment and provide you with the necessary ongoing fitness and training advice to ensure that you are ready for this style of trekking.
We recommend joining one of our local weekend Six Foot Track treks or free Saturday morning monthly walks to measure your current fitness and endurance levels.
What equipment will I require?
The equipment list is on the website under additional information. Once you have reviewed the list, we will then discuss with you your equipment requirements and budget. Some last-minute equipment can be purchased in Launceston if required.
Can I trek safely if I have allergies or a medical condition?
It all depends on the allergy or the medical condition, but we would strongly suggest that you speak to your doctor first before making a booking. The trek is challenging mainly because you are carrying a large pack, so a moderate to high level of fitness is required to get the most out of the experience.
If it is a food allergy, that will be no problem because that can be catered for because we will do all the food shopping in Launceston prior to the trek, so you will have input and we will be able to avoid foods that may cause you problems. If you have allergies to bees or other insects etc. please ensure that you let us know of the severity and if you will be carrying an EpiPen to treat an allergy.
How much is the trek?
The trek cost excluding flights is $2,300.00
If you decide to book as a single supplement in the hotel prior to and after the trek, there will be an additional charge. Please let us know if you'd like to book as a single supplement and we will let you know the cost.
How much could I expect to pay for flights?
Flights can range for an economy flight to Launceston. Flights costs will also vary depending on your flight departure time and the location that you are flying from. Webjet has a great website for doing some flight comparisons.
Can I pay a deposit and pay the rest before departure?
Yes, we only require a 30% deposit to secure your position on the trek if the trek is more than 60 days out with the full balance payable 60 days before departure. If the trek is departing within 60 days, full payment will be required when you book.
Is there a credit and debit card payment surcharge?
Yes, if you book using the credit or debit card Stripe payment gateway, there will be a 1.6% surcharge. You can avoid this 1.6% surcharge by electing to do a bank transfer in the payment option.
What happens if I need to cancel?
Please read our booking terms and conditions for specific policy details.
Do I need travel insurance to trek to the Overland Track?
No, it is a requirement to take out travel insurance for this trek because it's a domestic location, but we would strongly recommend it because of the financial outlay. You never know what might happen after you book or during your adventure.
Travel insurance will insure you against:
- Trip cancellation
- Trip interruption
- Missed connection
- Travel delay
- Loss of baggage
- Medical emergencies
- Medical evacuation
Cover-More has a travel insurance policy that will insure Australian travellers for domestic holidays. You can read more about the Cover-More travel insurance policy here. We are not recommending this Cover-More policy, it's just general advice, so you will need to do your own research and refer to the product disclosure document to see if it's suitable for your needs.
Will I get access to photos & media content?
Yes, any photos that are taken by the Peak Potential Adventures team during the Overland Track normal trek will be shared with you via our corporate Google Drive.
With this link, you will be able to view and download and save any of the photos.
Only a 30% deposit is required to secure your position unless the trek date is within 60 days and then the full payment is required.