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Reviewed 2 December 2018

At the end of the trip, I said to my partner, I am going to review this trip, which rating you would give. He said let's write down a number and exchange. Thirty seconds, without surprise, both of us gave the cradle mountain huts walk 5/5.

The Overland track in the cradle mountain - Lake St Clair national park itself is an iconic 6-day hiking track. During the six days, hikers can see mountains, alpine environment plateaus, waterfalls and vivid plants. Visitors also have opportunities to climb mountains of their choices and to greet by native animals such as wallabies, wombats, possums, birds and even tiger snakes. While it is an exciting track, it is located so remotely and nearly unbreakable in the middle that hikers normally finish it by either camping or try their luck to use the public huts for six days. They need to bring all the equipment and foods (that means at least 10-18kg of backpacks), no showers, deal with leeches and other wounds and changeable weathers. Although I wanted to do the Overland track for almost 3 years and I am reasonably fit, I was still hesitated to step out of my comfort zone and decided to finish it.

Luckily, we found the Tasmania Walking Co. The Cradle Mountain Hut walk was epic. This is the only commercial company that owns private huts along the Overland Track and those private huts are amazing. They are not luxury resort or hotel but add priceless comfort to this 6-day walk. Everyone can enjoy a 5 min hot shower after the whole day walk, dry their clothes in the dryer room (yes there is a lot of rain/snow in the cradle mountain so this becomes super important), a cooked two-course meal for dinner, afternoon tea, handmade fresh bread and fresh veggies (not to mention those veggies were brought in by guides for each trip) for lunch with a hot drink every day and a super formal continental breakfast with all the supreme local produced jams, leatherwood honeys and yogurts. Also, wine were served every day after the walk. Those wines were from renowned wine markers in Tamar Valley area (next to Launceston). This 6-days trip is not all about finishing the Overland Track and its also about experienced the first class Tasmania local products.

Our guides, N and D, were so knowledgeable for the Overland track. They provided so many interesting stories along the overland track and also educated the whole team about the importance of walking on the formed track to protect the alpine plants (because one steps can make them die and they grow super slow like hundreds of years). They also look after us well. Each hut has a very comprehensive first aid box and something called wonder wool to prevent or heal blisters. With two guides help, everyone in my group, age ranged from 14 to 60, completed the track (won't say it is easy, still with sore arm and leg but no significant pain). Two guides are also excellent at cooking. I know it sounds weird, but our meals were all cooked by two guides and those are delicious and at semi-fine dining level!

Don't worry about the walking pace, two guides usually split the group into two, with the fast-paced walker and slower-paced walker, and regroup the two at designated conjunctions. They are very experienced hiking leaders and try to make everyone feel comfortable.

The gear list sent to us before the trip was more than enough when you go during the summer period. the temperature was quite high and I didn't use half of them. Gaiter and a good pair of hiking boots is a must! The Overland track is very muddy and rocky with a lot of bushy parts. If you are not that good at walking on an uneven surface for continuously 3-4 hours a day, get a pair of hiking poles. This is my first time using hiking poles and it really helps me a lot (best hiking investment ever).

Last but not least, all the huts have no phone signal or internet. The only phone signal spot for the whole the Overland Trip is at the top of the Mt. Ossa, which takes a bit of effort to climb up :P (I gave up the climbing at half way). So make sure you download all the apps you need (such as stargazing app), e-books and tell everyone you will disappear for six days. Also, every hut has torches for ppl who want do a night animal spotting trips so you can save that weight!

Tasmania Walking Co offered us a memorable trip, this is my first time finishing 6-day tracks and gave me confidence for the next one.

Room tip: all the huts have the same design except the kia ora hut. The right-hand side first room has a spectacular view. pick that room if possible
Date of stay: November 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Tastingthecloud
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Reviewed 25 November 2018

The overland track is a fantastic walk and the guided, private hut approach makes it comfortable for most walkers. Our guides were also great and really went out of their way to make it a special experience for everyone.However there were two or three issues which could have been done a lot better, which would have improved the experience. First is the food; while there is plenty on offer it has a high carbohydrate, high sugar focus. There is an absence of protein and fresh food. While this may be fine if you are in your 20's, if you are older and use to a low carb diet it comes as a shock, a number of walkers complained about being bloated especially after dinner. Another issue was the rush in the morning of the first day, which is the longest and most difficult walking day.Trying to sort out packs and gear on the first morning doesn't work well, ultimately you rush out because you are so keen to get to the track. The company should do the packs and gear check the night before when you have plenty of time (some women with smaller frames found the standard pack size too big but didn't have time to do anything about it), that would give you an extra hour or so on the first walking day which would make a big difference.
Apart from these issues it is a great walk and don't be put off.

Date of stay: November 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
1  Thank Tim F
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Reviewed 30 October 2018 via mobile

Fantastic walk. Couldn’t fault the guides, food, cabins and of course scenery. Wonderful challenge and if there weren’t so many other places on earth to visit I would do it again. The guides are very knowledgeable, patient and keep you safe at all times.

Date of stay: October 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Jennie J
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

Challenging with extremes of weather and walking surfaces but memorable due to our guides’ assistance and support. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the excellent meals prepared by our guides and appreciated the drying room and hot shower we accessed every afternoon after a long day plus the comfortable bed at night. We would highly recommend the taswalking co as we feel we had a life-changing experience not only being immersed in beautiful Tasmanian wilderness but meeting like-minded travellers and passionate guides(well done Alex and Pat).

Date of stay: April 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank 889jen
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Reviewed 15 April 2018

Climbing to Marion's Lookout in gale force winds on the first day was terrifyingly exciting. The trip was unforgettable. The guides, accommodation, food, scenery, and fellow trekkers were fantastic. Hot showers at the end of the first day were to die for. The perfect combination of a challenging walking track with luxury eco-cabins.

Date of stay: April 2018
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Thank Peter C
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