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Mt Ossa and the Overland Track Tasmania

Mt Ossa and the Overland Track Tasmania

Monday April 12, 2010

Here are a few more images from our recent visit to the Pelion area of the Overland Track Tasmania. This is undoubtedly Tasmania’s most well known national park, and the Overland Track is one of the most famous multi-day walks in the world. We went into the Overland Track via the Arm River Track, which is approx 4 hours one way. We then camped with the leeches near the Pelion Hut (we were glad to be able to use the hut for dinner though, as the leeches were fairly unwelcome dinner companions outside!).

Rainforest on the Arm River Track

Rainforest on the Arm River Track

Myrtle Forest, Arm River Track

Myrtle Forest, Arm River Track

The following morning we followed the track along the Douglas Creek and up through rainforest to Pelion Gap where we made camp. The original plan was to get to Pelion Gap on Day 1, but the end of daylight savings and a disorganised Sunday morning put an end to that! But in the end our one night in the region turned out great. There literally could not have been better weather on the summit of Mt Ossa (see panoramic view from the summit in previous post), and the late afternoon provided a spectacular halo from the sunlight in the high level cirrus clouds above us. The morning too was clear, with a magnificent panoramic view from Pelion East of a firey morning light on Mt Ossa and the Du Cane Range a great way to start the day.

Rainforest along the Overland Track, nearing Pelion Gap

Rainforest along the Overland Track, nearing Pelion Gap

Mt Ossa skyline, with sun halo in the clouds

Mt Ossa skyline, with sun halo in the clouds

Morning Sun on Mt Ossa, from the slopes of Pelion East

Morning Sun on Mt Ossa, from the slopes of Pelion East

Walking the Overland Track Tasmania

The Overland Track transverses the Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park and the recommended route is north to south (ie start at Cradle Mountain). A booking system is in place due to the popularity of the walk. Make sure you book first!

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