The Overland Track, the most famous hiking trail in Tasmania, is situated among the World Heritage Listed rivers, mountains and lakes of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Full of unique wildlife, plenty of side trips to expand the distance travelled and a varying landscape, the Overland Track is a trail that’ll stay with you for many years to come.
NARCISSUS HUT – LAKE ST CLAIR CAR PARK
As you rise and shine, feel almighty and powerful! Only 1 in 4 people complete this part of the track while 3 in 4 take the ferry back. Make sure to feel completely superior and have a healthy dose of judgement over all those lazy buggers giving up so close to the finish line.
Today is much the same as yesterday (wait… maybe those lazy people are onto something!) with lot’s of dense forest. BUT you do get a nice treat of some absolutely giant trees and nice views of the lake, not to mention you get to feel like a winner and not a quitter.
About a third into you’re walk, you’ve got the chance to extend your Overland Track fun for another night at Echo Point Hut. This hut has one of the nicest views of any of the overnight stays looking out over beautiful Lake St Clair and even has it’s own beach. When staying as this hut however, you might want to keep your shoe next to head at night, because you may find yourself spooning a black rat in the morning as they apparently like to come inside to scavenge for some food left by previous tenants.
Today’s walk is said to take about 6 hours, but be prepared for a bid more as you’re probably absolutely buggered and may get sidetracked swimming in the epic Lake St Clair.
Last day… Sad! Or maybe not so… I don’t know anymore. It was a long day made even longer by my botched ankle. There were definitely points where I wanted to give up, had a little tantrum and than just kept buggering on. I was in so much pain! But when I could actually set my mind aside from the pain and have a good look around me, the view was mesmerizing!
There were beautiful giant trees everywhere. I had to hug one, I couldn’t help it… I felt so small next to it!
We decided to take a bit of a break and enjoy the sun (YAY for sun! We have seen far to little of you this past week!) on the jetty outside of Echo Point hut. Halfway through my pasta salad, the ferry came zooming past.
I was so so tempted to flip the day shape and take a ride back, but decided I couldn’t give up now, only hours away from the finish.
We read that only 1 in 4 people walk this part of the track while the rest takes the ferry from Narcissus Hut. I really don’t understand why. I mean considering the amount of pain I was in, I was tempted for sure, but why would so many people decide to walk only part of it…? Mystery.
In the past 6 days, I’ve been wondering a lot what it would be like to hike the Overland Track in season. I thought that even now things were quite busy and can’t even imagine what it would be like to walk it amongst 60 other people a day… NOT fun! Plus they all miss out on the snow. I think we couldn’t have picked a better time.
When we finally made it back to the Visitor’s Centre at Lake St Clair, the bus driver that took us to the start of the track rocked up at the same time! It was kind of funny. He was all like “Ohhh you guys made it and you’re still alive!” and we were sort of like “barely…”. What are the chances of that?! I quite liked it!
We made it! All the way to the end. Have a look at our little adventure filled journey through the Tasmanian Mountains on the Overland Track. Be sure to let us know in the comments below if you’re planning to do the walk yourself or what your experience was if you’ve already done it.