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Reviewed 5 March 2018

Firstly the guides make the whole experience, and our 2 were amazing, Conor a "19" YO from Ireland and Lauren a 20 something young lady both were always full of enthusiasm
and knowledge. They passed on information as we walked looked after the odd bad knee prepared our meals each night and always ready for a laugh.

The food and accommodation were very good and the fact that EVERYTHING is removed from site is excellent for the unique environment.
A few important things for those planning on the walk;

Only take what is on the list, no "just in case" is needed I carried around 2 kg extra with wet wipes too much sunscreen, small power packs and snacks there is more than enough food supplied

Day 1 is quite tough getting up to Marion's Look out with a pack on "train" if in any doubt.

expect rain, sun and SNOW even in summer ( the week before our trip a hiker was rescued off Marian due to the snow and wind)

The meals, snacks and wine are different each night as the huts are stocked accordingly.

You can't judge what one groups sees by the last as the conditions, as mentioned, do change quickly.

The hike;

the fist day was beautiful weather so as we got up the side of Cradle Mountain the views were fantastic. The next few days were wet and put a unique as we walked through the mist. One night it poured down so the next day on the track we had to negotiate a water fall that had formed over the trail, then walk through water up to our knees for 200 metres We all giggled like school kids :)
Then the weather became sunny again so when we got to Mt. Ossa it was clear blue skies. NOTE go up Mt. Ossa, if the weather permits in in doubt of your fitness ask your guide. The alternative walk to Doris and the "Japanese garden " is still good views and much easier. The weather was great for the rest of our hike and we arrived at Lake St. Clair with a sense of achievement.

Date of stay: February 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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1  Thank Stephen R
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Reviewed 21 February 2018

The Tasmanian wilderness is so beautiful, pristine, and constantly surprising. The Cradle Mountain Hut experience is worth every cent! Friendly, knowledgeable and very capable guides enhance the trek experience. With a minimum of fuss, they organised the nightly accommodation in the very clean and comfortable huts, which include hot showers and a drying room. The smell of freshly baked bread welcomed us to the hut each afternoon, and the dinners were delicious and nutritious...and accompanied by Tasmanian wines! The variety offered for breakfast, lunches and snacks was impressive, and food was plentiful. All the more amazing, as refrigeration is limited, and fresh produce is only flown in twice over the trekking season. The actual trek can occasionally be challenging, but gets easier every day. The body quickly adjusts, and the sense of achievement is very rewarding. The climb to the top of Mt Ossa was a highlight. The guides were always encouraging and patient, and fully engaged in the group dynamic...it was so much fun, relaxed and AMAZING !!! Perhaps the most impressive feature of this trek is The Cradle Mountain Hut company strategy to have an absolute minimal environmental impact. So, go for it....ENJOY !!

Date of stay: February 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank MarionBrian
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Reviewed 16 February 2018

We have just returned from a wilderness experience on the Overland track. Seeing the Overland track by walking with Guides and a wonderful group of people was a once in a lifetime experience. The incredible mountain scenery, lakes,waterfalls,unique vegetation and wildlife was absolutely amazing. We found the track well maintained but uneven and some fairly steep sections.
We thoroughly enjoyed our lovely, diverse group of people in our group and were particularly impressed with our two Guides who were very experienced and friendly. We were given optional side trips of waterfalls, lakes, glow worm cave and climbing Mt Ossa, the highest peak in Tasmania. I decided not to scale Mt Ossa so was able to sit at the lodge with a beanbag on the helipad with wine and nibblies in the middle of a buttongrass plain.
The wilderness huts are located in magnificent positions throughout the walk. The breakfasts and dinners were delicious with as much as you wanted. We made our own lunch as is normal practice for guided walks. Hot showers were very welcome at the end of the day.
I did have an accident on the second last day that was just an unfortunate set of circumstances. I must report that I insisted on the Guide behind us going ahead as we wanted to take our time taking photos. The Guide was very reluctant to do this and I take full responsibility for then falling and then not having assistance on the track. The Guide was just about to leave to look for us when we arrived at the lodge. I must thank the very professional way that the Guides responded. I was airlifted to Hobart at no cost to us.
Our family really enjoyed this unique experience and while I did have an accident, I would highly recommend going on this magnificent walk.

Date of stay: February 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank aaaaaa53
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Reviewed 14 February 2018 via mobile

My sister and I took our 66-year-old mother on the Overland Track Walk to celebrate her birthday. The trip costs $3695 per person for the 6-day, approximately 75km walk from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair (including side walks). Walking with Tasmania Walking Company allows us to stay in the private and luxurious Cradle Mountain Huts in various location over 5 nights. The huts are equipped with hot water, heating and bedding (2 per room). We also had 2 guides with us at all times who carry first aid kits, satellite phones for emergency, some fresh food and cook for us each night and morning.

We have thoroughly enjoyed:
- having friendly, enthusiastic, knowledgable guides on our trip who are always there to assist us along the way
- hot meals in the morning and night including freshly baked bread each day
- getting into our warm, clean comfy huts at the end of each day with heating and drying room which minimises the amount of clothes we had to pack
- assistance at base camp which provides us with a backpack and guidance on what to pack (for those who have not hiked before)
- great bunch of people that we met on the trip and got along fabulously from start to finish

Areas which could be improved, to provide guests with a better overall experience:
- option for guest to pack more food for lunch, and not impose food rationing (see photo below for idea on lunch provided on most days) - small can of tuna, minimal lettuce and 2 slices of bread. Although we did have 2 days where the guides made quinoa salad and noodles
- increase protein in our meals. Apart from the 95g of tuna for lunch, we have a large spoonful of smoked salmon on first day and lamb curry on second day. We did not have second servings as there was none left
- guides are given a set of cooking instructions with portions set out by management. The manual was based on 10 people and not 12. Management should consider increasing the protein allowance in the meals and not just increase the amount of rice or bread to keep the guests happy or full
- there should always be a guide that walks behind the rests of the group to ensure no one is left behind or lost, and from safety point of view, to ensure any injured guests are attended immediately. We had an incident on the trip where a guest fell and broke her wrists and luckily the guest had her husband by her side and they managed to walk back to the hut by themselves. The guides responded quickly and managed to ring triple 0 and a helicopter arrived within 2 hours to take the injured guest to the nearest hospital for treatment
- all guests can only be accepted on the walk if they have travel insurance
- all guests must provide or evidence of their fitness level. I am a relatively fit person who runs 4 times a week, and I find this walk challenging with a 8kg back pack

Overall, we had an amazing experience on the Overland Track and we will recommend the Tasmania Walking Company’s Overland Signature Walk to those who does not mind spending some money to have a bit of luxury along the way.

Date of stay: February 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
3  Thank chelvie
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Reviewed 12 February 2018

A great way to hike Cradle Mountains if you prefer a bunk, hot shower, local wines and hot meal at the end of your day. Over six days you see a good variety of landscape and are well guided. Huts are warm, comfortable and companionable and food is amazing given it all has to come in by helicopter. Hiking days are generally quite long, but several days there are options.

Date of stay: January 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank foodloversLancashire
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