Narcissus Hut is the last hut on Tasmania’s Overland Track. Most walkers stay the last night at Windy Ridge, however, and use Narcissus Hut as a shelter in inclement weather when waiting for the ferry ride back to Cynthia Bay.
On my last trip down the Overland Track in May, I stayed one night at Narcissus Hut, with the aim of capturing a nice sunset and/or sunrise over the lake, and perhaps even a shot of the stars above Mt Olympus.
The evening session really was quite nice, with a brief bit of fire in the sky at sunset. The morning shoot came with a fairly thick mist, but Mt Olympus could be seen from time to time as the most came and went.
The night shoot too was a mixed success, with a fair bit of cloud away. Although a classic starry night wasn’t possible, I have to admit that the cloud patterns and the little bit of moonlight in fact made for some nice images in a way I hadn’t been expecting.
If you have the luxury of time, a night at Narcissus Hut is a great way to finish your overland track experience. Alternatively, you could even walk (or catch the ferry) to Narcissus from Cynthia Bay, stay a night and walk back. Be warned, there is a really annoying mouse in the hut (at least there was the night I stayed there…)