Southbound Adventures
Overland Track Tasmania 2023

Southbound Adventures Open Overland Track Tasmania

Southbound Adventures is pleased to host the Overland Track Tasmania Program. This program has been designed to provide participants with the opportunity to grow, learn and play in the outdoors in a safe and secure environment. Please read through the information below to assist your daughter as she prepares for the program. A link to this page has been sent to your email address as confirmation.

Overview

The Overland Track is perhaps the best-known and most highly regarded hiking trail in Tasmania. The track in its entirety stretches some 80km through the most spectacular alpine heathland and sub alpine rainforest landscapes from Cradle Mountain to Lake St. Clair. Weather permitting, hikers may be presented with an opportunity to summit the two most iconic peaks; Cradle Mountain and Tasmania’s rooftop, Mount Ossa (1,617 meters).
Southbound Adventures have been conducting these bespoke Overland Track experiences since commencement in 1993. On our program, students will cover 65km of the track over 8 days. There is an abundance of opportunities throughout the journey to explore the natural history and breathtaking scenery within this truly unique environment.
Altitude on the Overland Track varies between 800 and 1,200 meters above sea level meaning weather conditions are generally cooler and more susceptible to sudden change. Generally during December to February conditions are clearer and warmer reaching up to 30 degrees however snowfall can occur year round on the higher ground.
An average level of fitness and stamina is highly desirable with average distances approaching 10 kilometers per day, sometimes over steep and uneven terrain. Overnight accommodation will primarily be in tents at the reserved group camping platforms with the exception of a private hut accommodation on the first night in Tasmania. Public Huts are located nearby each campsite providing basic toileting facilities and fresh water supply.
Unfortunately we cannot guarantee perfect weather; however we can guarantee a truly unique experience!
For more information on hiking Tasmania’s Overland track please visit Tasmania NPWS website http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/?base=7771

Inclusions

Return economy air fares; Sydney to Launceston – (carrier subject to availability of flights)
• All transport costs while in Tasmania
• All National Park entry and permit fees
• Two Southbound Adventures guides 
• Lightweight expedition hiking tent (2-3 person)
• 75L – 85L Hiking Pack
• Wet weather gear inc. rain jacket, overpants and gaiters
• Trangia fuel stove and all fuel
• Self-inflating “Therma-rest” sleeping mat
• Comprehensive Wilderness First Aid supplies
• Student/parent briefing night
• Comprehensive packing session
• All meals apart from those listed below in the Exclusions
• All accommodation expenses as outlined in the itinerary
• Emergency Communication Devices i.e. satellite phone and mobile phone
• Hostel accommodation in Launceston on the final night
• Restaurant meal on the last night in Launceston

Exclusions

  • Select meals: Packing Day lunch and snacks and Day 6 lunch (refer to itinerary)
    • Personal clothing and equipment as per the attached “Essential Personal Item Packing List”
    • Spending money for souvenir’s etc.
    • Travel Insurance

Duke of Edinburgh

This Hike can be used for a Gold Combined Practice and Qualifying Adventurous Journey.

Total Cost

Total Cost of Journey: TBA

Initial Deposit

Initial Deposit: TBA

Final Payment

Final Payment is due two months prior to journey. An invoice will be emailed to you.

Dates

Please call 02 4257 4888 or email staff@southbound.com.au to enquire for 2024 Dates!

Location 

Tasmania Overland Track

Activities

Itinerary

Overland Track Itinerary 8-day Practice and Qualifying Journey
Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair

Gear List

It is important that the right gear is brought on program. Download our list from the link below and start packing. If you are missing anything, try borrowing from friends or family. Alternatively, equipment is available for purchase at the Southbound online store.

Shop

If you do not have all the equipment for the program, you can purchase gear from our online store. Use discount code: SBA10 and receive 10% off your purchase.

Frequently Asked Questions

Parents will be provided with a 24 hour contact number for the allocated Southbound Adventures on-call Manager for the duration of the program. All contact with your son or daughter whilst on program should be directed through our on call representative or any designated school coordinator.

 

Our wonderful office staff screen participant medical information prior to commencement of the Program. We may contact you with any questions which will help us provide support for the child throughout camp. We regularly cater for a variety of dietary and medical needs and it is our best interest to support all students regardless of any ailments, impairments or other special considerations in their own personal growth whilst on program with us. We treat all information with respect and confidentiality. If your child is Anxious, has Autism, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy or Diabetes, hearing or sight impairments or any other medical or dietary requirement we are here to help.

 

Southbound Adventures does not take responsibility for loss, damage or theft of any electronic devices brought to the program. Most school’s will prohibit students from bringing electronic devices on camp and encourage students to disconnect from their devices and reconnect with their peers and the wonderful surrounds of camp.

Fire Restrictions mean no open flames are allowed unless permitted by NSW National Parks. In areas in which Southbound Adventures are licensed to work, which have Fire Restrictions, we will not have open wood fires.

A Total Fire Ban means that any activity that involves or is likely to cause a fire is not permitted until the total Fire Ban has been lifted. Groups will be informed by their Program Director the day before if a Total Fire Ban has been issued. Conditions in and around the program area will be continually monitored by Group Leaders, Team Leaders and Directors and also by our 24 hour on call Manager.

Conditions are continuously monitored by the on call Manager, our dedicated office staff and the Program Director. If severe weather occurs, appropriate modifications to the program will be made in order to guarantee participants safety.

Instructional Videos

Waterproofing gear

How to Pack

Layering and Fabrics

Footwear

Backpack Fitting

Tent Setup

Questions?

We are here to help. If you have any questions feel free to contact the office.