Brent recalls his recent adventure on one of Australia’s most famous bush walks.
My decade long dream of hiking Tasmania’s Overland Track was finally realised this March when I undertook an ‘adventure’ version of this landmark trail with the Tasmanian Walking Company.
The truly rugged landscape made the journey both physically challenging and utterly inspiring. Our small group comprised of 10 like-minded walkers and 2 experienced, very knowledgable, guides. This is only the second time I have undertaken a guided walk. As a youngster I was content carrying a 20kg back pack but must confess, that a little later in life, a 9.5kg back pack, healthy cuisine and hot showers are genuinely appreciated! For the trekkies, we walked 105km, climbed 4144 metres and summited 4 mountains (Cradle Mountain, Barn Bluff, Mount Oakley & Mount Ossa). My first trip to Tassie and what an introduction, I certainly look forward to returning.
Enjoy the pics, cheers.
Brent Hulbert – Managing Director
Day 1: A glorious day passing by Cradle Lake.
Day 1: A very steep, short ascent to Marions Lookout.
Day 1: Closely following our guide up the, rather steep, Cradle Mountain ascent.
Day 1: Wow! Cradle Mountain summit. Day 2’s Barn Bluff in the distance. Help!
Day 1: Leaving Cradle Mountain.
Day 2: Early start for Barn Bluff, Tasmania’s fourth-tallest mountain!
Only 5 of our group, myself included, are up for the challenge!
Day 2: Barn Bluff ascent via its spectacular landslide. Very steep sections, with lots of boulder scrambling toward the summit.
Day 2: Contemplating life atop Barn Bluff.
Day 2: Barn Bluff in all its glory. Reminds me of smoke stack.
Day 3: A well earned lunch before we cross the, very muddy, buttongrass moorlands to Mount Oakleigh.
On the summit of Mount Oakleigh with ‘top of the world’ views encompassing almost the entire Overland landscape. Very chilly!
Day 3: A group member checking emails, there’s no escape!
Day 4: Onward to Mount Ossa, Tasmania’s highest peak!
Day 4: Our guide standing precariously on Mount Ossa’ highest point.
On the horizon you can see Barn Bluff (center) & Cradle Mountain (right).
Day 4: I don’t recall posing for this one!
During winter the snow can reach the top of these silver poles.
Day 4: These guides can cook. Yum!
Day 5: ‘Brownie’ at Du Cane Gap. My roomates little bear has travelled to many of the worlds great locations.
Day 6: Celebrating the journey with new friends and a glass of Tassies finest.