In pictures: Australia’s Overland Track, Tasmania
THE Overland Track is one of Australia’s best known and popular walking tracks. It’s also a true wilderness walk.
The 65 kilometre traverse takes in some of Tasmania’s best scenic spots including lakes, dolerite mountains, tarns, rainforest and waterfalls.
More than 8000 walkers take on the track each year and can be treated to weather that ranges anything from sunny clear days to blizzards, snow, bog and leech infested tracks. While that can be part of the challenge, and fun, of the track it is essential to come prepared with tents, appropriate clothing, food and stoves.
The Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service limit the hike to just 65 people a day so you’re never overrun with other campers and hikers, although it is fun to chat with others on the track about nuances of the day, the animals you saw and what lies ahead.
There’s a real camaraderie among those that undertake the Overland Track and you’re bound to come away with fantastic memories not only of the scenery and wildlife but the people you met also.
Here are some images from the Overland Track completed in February 2012.
All images are by Joanne Lane, Visited Planet.