Additional Trip Information
Arrival & Departures
Please plan on arriving, to be safe, at least one day prior to your trip departure. Your experience begins at the walking base at Quamby Estate. You will then travel to Waldheim to commence your walk. Your trip ends back in Launceston on the final day with an airport drop off if required at approximately 6:30 PM.
Up to seven hours per day (excluding optional side trips). If you climb Mt Ossa, you will reach an elevation up to 5,305 feet (optional). Options at the Huts:
There will be afternoon tea, as well as some time to relax and enjoy your surroundings before dinner is served. In the evening, you are free to relax or take an early night and feel refreshed and revived in the morning. There are games and a number of books in each hut, which can be enjoyed in the lounge area or, in warm weather, out on the deck or helipad. Discovery:
Venture through ancient temperate rainforest, passing dramatic glacially-carved lakes. Cross plains where glaciers once rested, slowly moving and scouring out shallow tarns, then onto vast button grass plains. Explore detritus from 1800’s coal mining efforts near a striking lake hugged by pencil pines and with narrow quartzite sand rim. Descend through gorgeous myrtle-beech rainforest, around the base of a mountain, and down into a lovely river valley. Hike up out of thick Eucalypt forest and onto plains with uninterrupted views of mountainous dolerite spires. Explore backcountry swimming holes, peaceful nooks to rest, abandoned copper mines, and a trapper’s hut from 1910. Take a rest, surrounded by native gardens and overlooked by the spectacular mountain ranges. Wander through some of the oldest forest with King Billy pines as much as 2000 years old. Visit icy-flowing waterfalls and lunch beside one. Witness Australia’s deepest natural lake shaped by glaciations over two million years. Listen to birdsong as you walk through flowering dry sclerophyll forests. Enjoy passing scenery during a spectacular 17KM cruise back to Cynthia Bay. Explore the Visitor Center here before returning to Launceston via Quamby Estate (our walking base). Austin Adventures guides are experienced facilitators and regional experts. They will take the time to explain the details of each activity, answer any questions, and demonstrate the use of all equipment. Each activity has been carefully planned to include options for all levels. Most importantly, your guides will help you select the distance that’s right for you.
The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). A selection of Tasmanian wine is served with dinner each evening – gratuities are not included. Included in the Trip Price
Not Included in the Trip Price
- Accommodation each evening in one of five private huts – double occupancy.
- All meals and non-alcoholic beverages, plus a limited selection of Tasmanian wines.
- Two qualified guides for the duration of the walk.
- National Park and Overland Track passes.
- Boat transfer across Lake St Clair on Day 6.
- Return transfers between Launceston and walk base.
- Use of a backpack and Gore-tex jacket for the duration of the walk.
- Sleeping bags, pillows and a comfortable mattress at each hut.
- Sleeping sheet and pillowcase to carry with you.
- Austin Adventures T-shirt and luggage tags.
- Pre-departure and packing information.
- Gratuities to trekking guides.
- Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
- Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
- All types of personal insurance.
- Personal expenses.
After receiving your reservation and deposit, we’ll send you a pre-trip planner with general information about the area you’ll be visiting, a packing list, exercise guidelines, a guest information questionnaire and a liability release agreement for you to sign and return within 10 days.