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Cradle Mountain Huts Walk

Hagley, Australia
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About Cradle Mountain Huts Walk
Cradle Mountain Huts - Overland Track WalkDiscover the rare beauty and extraordinary diversity of Tasmania’s world heritage-listed Cradle Mountain - Lake St. Clair National Park. Walk the 60km Overland Track and unwind in the warmth and comfort of private hut accommodation each evening. A truly spectacular journey to revive the senses.
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BigPete076 wrote a review 14 Sep
Holgate, Australia16 contributions7 helpful votes
My wife and I have long wanted to walk the Overland Track. However, although we have enjoyed bushwalking most of lives, have completed many multi day walks and considered doing the track independently, we are now in our sixties and decided that we would find it more enjoyable with a supported walk rather than trying to carry the extra weight of a tent, food and sleeping bag etc. on such a tough trek. Going with Tas Walking Co for us was a very expensive option. We were not particularly attracted by the ‘luxury’ reputation, gourmet food, wine, tour guides etc. We just wanted to lighten our load and have a guaranteed bunk for the night. In fact, I was a bit concerned of the idea that we may be walking in a Conga line of people we didn’t really want to be with and to have our freedom restricted by overzealous guides. Fortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In the end, we thoroughly enjoyed the company of our walking companions, our guides, Miles and Mike, were amazing and the comfort of the huts with food, etc. just added to the experience. For our trip, people basically walked with whoever they wanted at their own pace. Usually, one guide would go ahead and the other follow up the rear and we would all meet up at a designated spot. Sometimes, the faster walkers would leave a touch later to allow the slower walkers to get a bit of distance ahead. On the Ossa summit day, we split into two groups for those who preferred not to do the climb. Some tips …. We were the only ones in our group to take our own good quality packs and Gortex jackets and were really pleased we did so. TWC supply good gear but some of the others regretted not taking their own. If you have good gear, you might consider walking with what you are used to and find comfortable. TWC supply a daily amount of scrogen which is great but I also took jelly beans and if you like chocolate, take your own supply! I also took a good quality 500ml thermos (MontBell 265g) for a coffee/tea break. The guides make a cuppa at lunch but sometimes it was really nice to have a mid-morning coffee boost or late arvo tea. You can get some teabags / milk powder from each hut and I took my own instant coffee for the trip and fill up with boiling water each morning at breakfast. We also like to walk with an electrolyte replacement drink each day which is not provided so we took a 585g container of Gatorade powder which meant we could make up a bottle each per day. The huts are warm so you don’t need to overdo the warm clothes for the evening. But you do need warm clothes for the track! The bunk rooms are basic and small but warm and comfortable. Tall people watch your head! We got phone signal on Day 3 walking just before we got to Frog Flats and also Day 4 on the top of Ossa but don’t count on it. Most of the huts have a guitar so if you like to play this is a real bonus! We stayed at Entally Lodge the nights before and after and we found this most convenient. In summary this is a tough walk and you walk every bit the independent walkers trek. In fact, Day 1 you walk an hour farther than Waterfall Valley Hut and on Day 2, 3 hours farther than Windermere Hut so they are long days. I just about reached my limit climbing Mt Ossa and by the time we reached the hut at about 7:30 pm I was totally exhausted. But I consider it one of the best experiences of my life with so many great memories. TWC is highly organised and the huts extremely well equipped. These young guides are highly skilled, amazing people who work so hard to make the trip enjoyable for everyone – I hope TWC pay them enough. Considering the expense … upon reflection we both consider it money very well spent and given the opportunity, would love to do it again. Our vid of trip on you tube. Search Pete Day Overland Track
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Date of experience: March 2021
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TravelBugged2008 wrote a review Jun 2021
Elanora, Australia316 contributions163 helpful votes
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Holy cow! What an absolute joy. Being an ex-Tasmanian, I'd always wanted to do this walk, but heard it was pretty crowded. But that was a lie. Couple of people about, but this walk is through a remarkable range of forest, plains and mountains - stunning vistas at every turn. The guides briefed us well prior to each day's walk, provided a whole range of information on everything from the history to the plant life and cooked us up delicious food every night. I did this walk with a mate when his girlfriend pulled out (don't blame her, my mate is verrrrry dull!). He's done this walk 5 times - not because he's boring and keeps repeating things (he's walked all over the world), but because it's simply one of the most stunning walks in the world. I can see why. Beautiful scenery, excellent quality huts and the Tasmanian Walking Company just make everything so easy so you can enjoy it all. Thanks team.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from taswalkingco, Guest Relations Manager at Cradle Mountain Huts Walk
Responded 9 Jun 2021
Hi TravelBugged2008 Thanks so much for your review. I am pleased you had a great time out on the track with your mate and that you enjoyed your time with the guides. The trail isn’t too busy at all and I agree it is spectacular! I hope you find some other great walks to go on. Kind regards, Ros
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peterZ6631VF wrote a review Mar 2021
Merimbula, Australia16 contributions4 helpful votes
The overland track was a challenge for this 71 year-old with two replaced hips. However our two guides took all the pain away with their caring approach and insightful commentary along with the fabulous food they served up. The huts provide excellent hot showers, copious drying facilities and comfy beds. Perhaps I should have trained a little more with 10kg on my back as day 1 provided the greatest challenge for us. Having said that I am now considering other Tasmanian walking company trips.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Response from taswalkingco, Guest Relations Manager at Cradle Mountain Huts Walk
Responded 9 Jun 2021
Hi peterZ661VF What a lovely review thank you. I am really pleased you had a great experience with the support of your guides. Training with a pack if possible is definitely an advantage as it does help particularly with the first few days. But is sounds like you managed it all without any issues. We do hope to see you back for another adventure with us. Kind regards, Ros
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Chris H wrote a review Mar 2021
13 contributions28 helpful votes
I have just completed the Overland Track as a single traveler and have had the most wonderful experience. Everything was was great. The organisation before the trip - even with the uncertainty of Covid - was precise, accurate and friendly. Our guides - Toby and Hamish - were legends. Supportive, enthusiastic, great cooks and just terrific young men. The huts were such a treat. Don't think that this is an easy few days - the scenery is spectacular,but you need to work for it. To have a comfy warm bed, a hot shower and a delicious nutritious meal at the end of a long day walking is having the best of all worlds.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Response from taswalkingco, Guest Relations Manager at Cradle Mountain Huts Walk
Responded 9 Jun 2021
Hi P2264YLchrish, Thanks so much for your review. It’s great that you had a such a good time out on the track with Toby, Hamish and your fellow walkers. COVID has definitely given everyone some challenges but I am pleased you found the process in the lead up to your walk a positive one. To have the challenge of the walk during the day and then the comfort of the huts each evening is such a brilliant combination. We hope to see you back for some more adventures. Kind regards, Ros
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Conny D wrote a review Mar 2021
Sydney, Australia71 contributions31 helpful votes
Walking in the ‘wilderness’ that the overland track has to offer from enchanted forest to grassy plains, muddy paths, rocks and roots was made such a amazing experience by our beautiful guides Jess and Emma’s wealth of knowledge and their incredible dinners and fun at night time when we were all exhausted but elated after another fabulous day. It could not have been organised better and I would do it again in a heartbeat- loved every minute. Thank you
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Response from taswalkingco, Guest Relations Manager at Cradle Mountain Huts Walk
Responded 9 Jun 2021
Hi Conny D, Thanks so much for your review. It sounds like you had a wonderful time out on the track with Jess and Emma – they are both fabulous guides and we are lucky to have them as part of our team. I do hope you can join us for another adventure sometime. Kind regards, Ros
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