Welcome to the Overland Track guidebook website

Tasmania’s Overland Track is Australia’s most famous multi-day hike. Over 8000 hikers complete the 5-9 day hike each year as they follow the 79km track from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair. The track encompasses some of Australia’s most spectacular scenery including glacier-carved valleys, buttongrass moorlands, ancient rainforests, peaceful lakes and thundering waterfalls – all teeming with plants and animals found nowhere else on earth.

To plan and enjoy this great walk, there is finally a guidebook that provides all the information you need for your trip – getting set, heading off, detailed track notes, a guide to flora and fauna, information on the history and geology, and a tough, waterproof map.

What the readers say

The guide, which has clearly been a labour of love for regular Wild contributor and author Warwick Sprawson, is a good addition to the Overland genre. Apart from the track notes to the walk (which are excellent and include all the sidetrips that make the Overland so special), it has a few aspects that distinguish it from other guides.

Firstly, it has many interesting sections on Overland-related history and pre-history, but best of all it has extensive information on local flora and fauna. While this may sound like it is all a bit heavy to carry, the guide is actually very compact (it weights 280 grams), and would make excellent rainy day reading. It also comes with a good map in the back. For any one who is keen to learn more as they walk the Overland this guide would make a great companion.

— Ross Taylor, Editor, Wild Magazine
Latest News
Fires and the Overland Track
Feb. 15, 2016

Tasmania has been hit hard by bushfires. Although some of the state’s precious world heritage area has been burnt, it seems the Overland Track has not been affected.

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Heavy snow leads to rescue
Aug. 6, 2015

In an illustration of just how difficult the conditions can be on the Overland Track, particularly in winter, a man from Hobart was trapped in Kia Ora Hut by deep snow for four days, before – running out of food […]– Read more –