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Seven Days on the Overland Track

Updated: Aug 8, 2021

Three and a half weeks after my eye injury I was booked to go on the Overland Track. We had booked in early morning on July 1st, when bookings open for the next season so by the time our Mid-November trip was around the corner, I was determined to not let this injury ruin my holiday plans. I only got the all clear from my doctor maybe a week or so before actually leaving. I already had all of my gear sorted and packed, but hadn't been able to workout/ train much prior so wasn't quite at my intended fitness level. Regardless, with vision in only one eye, I tackled 7 days, 115km with two other hiking pals and saw a few snakes along the way.

The Overland Track is a paid thru-hike in Tasmania, attracting visitors from across the globe pre-pandemic. You can walk self-guided or pay to go through a guiding company. We were able to be along the track when the maximum booking was 24 people per day (not including guided trips) and as people start out at different times in the mornings and walk at different paces, we pretty much always had the track to ourselves. There are huts at each of the designated stopping spots, but we chose to camp each night due to good weather and being able to have more of our own space this way. We spent dinners in the communal areas of the huts, exchanging stories with fellow walkers as some people (us included) skipped a few huts along the way so you weren't always travelling with the same people. Most people average between 5-7 days to complete the track and we spent an extra day on a side trip in Pine Valley. We used this Parks Tasmania resource to plan what days we wanted to double up and travel further. Although we were incredibly lucky in terms of weather, this is alpine walking and the track is subject to snow when you may least expect it. Many rescues happen from here every year, as a result of underprepared walkers and accidents that are bound to happen. If you're planning to walk the Overland, this is another helpful Parks Tasmania resource to help prepare you for your trek.

Day 1 - 19.59km Ronny Creek to Windermere Hut

Couldn't start at Ronny Creek without the obligatory sign photo.

This was the vision I had after my stick puncture, leaving my eyelid muscles pretty damaged from the blunt trauma and not able to open for a few weeks to come.

Day 2 - 15.74km Windermere to New Pelion Hut

Day 3 - 15km New Pelion to Bert Nichols

Day 4 - 16km: Bert Nichols to Pine Valley Hut

Day 5 - 21.1km - Pine Valley to the Acropolis (Return)

Standing atop the Acropolis was one of my all-time favourite views. We had this special place all to ourselves. We got to look across to the Labyrinth, Mt Geryon, saw a Wedge-tailed eagle and could even see Frenchman's Cap off in the distance, truly 360° views.

Day 6 - 9.9km Pine Valley to Narcissus Hut

Day 7 - 17.5km Narcissus Hut out via Lake St Clair

And just like that, seven days along the Overland Track were behind us and we had finished at Lake St Clair. The well-awaited warm meal we had been anticipating at the cafe for days was an abrupt shock as we came to realise the cafe was only open during certain days of the week with the "quieter period". My landlords at the time, as kind-hearted as they were for already driving all the way out to pick us up ensured we stopped a few kilometres down the road to get a proper meal to end off our trip.

As always, please remember to practice Leave No Trace Principles if you're heading out in the bush and if you have any gear, trip, or other questions, don't hesitate to reach out!

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