Collection: Overland Track 2019

A week-long hike across the glacier carved landscape of central Tasmania.

On my third multi-day hike, back to something with slightly less rough. The Overland Track is one of the most well known walks in Australia, for great reason. There are amazing sights along the way, wildlife to spot, and trail infrastructure is pretty good. It was considerably safer compared to my earlier hike in Kyrgyzstan, but dangers still remain. A quick search would show up results of hikers who died or had to be evacuated along the walk. This was one hike I felt sufficiently prepared for equipment wise, but I was still well worn out on days.

A close friend wanted to try multi-day hiking joined me on this trip. It was nice for a change to have some company, and I'm glad I picked a more manageable yet sufficiently tough one for this trip. We did it late in the season where crowds were thin, which was great, but weather frigid on many days.

Over 6 days and 65km, the landscape changed almost as dramatically as the weather. The first days were wet and foggy, while the final few were bright and cheery (but all were cold). Some days there were dense forests and roaring waterfalls, on others there were open plains lined with bluffs and mountain cliffs. We saw possums, pademelons and wombats, but echidnas and platypuses are also known to be found along the way. On any clear night, the rest of the galaxy comes out to play, and very occasionally, so do the Southern Lights. Missed the latter, unfortunately.

More on my Overland Track experience here:

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