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Adventures on the Overland Track, Tasmania   -   11.06.2012

I recently returned home from 8 weeks in Australia. I journeyed to the other side of our fine planet for 2 reasons. Firstly, Cradle Huts offered me a job as a guide for next season and I wanted to know if it would be worth giving up my teaching position at WLU. Secondly, I desperately needed to catch up with my friends in Melbourne (that, and it had been far too long since I climbed at Arapiles).

In April I walked 2 groups along the Overland Track (and made a run up Federation Peak with a fellow guide. . .but that story will have to wait for another post) and the following month I spent on the mainland.

Below are photos I took on my working trips on the Overland as well as some from my personal trip that I did with a fellow Couch Surfer 3.5 years ago. I’m not going to say much about the Overland, except that it’s a marvelous walk through magical landscape on the most spectacular island, known as Tasmania. And in spite of it’s popularity it’s worth exploring any time of year.

Crater lake with the autumn hues of deciduous beech (Northofagus gunii), Tasmania’s only winter deciduous plant.

Cradle Mountain on a beautiful day.

Looking towards Barn Bluff from the summit of Cradle Mountain.

This is a more typical view of Cradle Mountain.

Currawongs are ubiquitous along the track and can easily open the zips of unattended bags to get at delicious snacks.

Magic happening over near Mt Oakleigh.

Possibly my favourite tree on the Overland.

Barn Bluff sneaking a peak out from the clouds.

Heading out in the snow from Barn Bluff Hut.

Freshwater crayfish.

Mt Pelion West.

Interesting drainage patterns left after the last ice age.

Mt Oakleigh after a snow.

Mt Oakleigh as seen from the track to PFM Hut.

Pelion East seen from the descent of Mt Ossa.

On the way down from Pelion Gap.

Guests walking in front of me, on the way to Kia Ora Hut.

D’Alton Falls

Taken from a rock bridge over the gorge.

If you visit the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park in autumn expect the fungi to be ‘off the show,’ as John would say. If you don’t know who John is, scroll down. He’s the bloke in the leopard-print dress.

Keep your eyes peeled on the track and near the huts for wildlife. Bennett’s wallabies and wombats abound!

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