Overland Track Weather and Climate

While the below table indicates average temperature, rainfall and other weather factors along the Overland Track, we recommend visiting the Bureau of Meteorology for up-to-date weather information before your trek.    

Temperatures along the Overland Track

The weather in the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clare National Park can be changeable and unpredictable throughout the year. however, if you are well prepared with your clothing, equipment and supplies, the many moods of the mountains and rainforests can be one of the highlights of a trek along the Overland Track. The area has an average maximum temperature of 18 degrees Celsius in Summer and 7 degrees Celsius in Winter. Evenings can be especially cold during winter and it is not uncommon for temperatures to dip into the minus overnight during the cold winter months. While the rest of Australia basks in warm summer days, Tasmania’s summers are relatively cool– the average maximum temperatures sit at 18°C (though it can be possible for temperatures to reach 30°C as well!). Flowers are in full bloom, adding vivid bursts of colour to the plains, and the long days mean your chances of side trips is much more likely. Evenings are still cool  at around 6 degrees Celsius, so while sleeping in an insulated sleeping bag counters the chill, trekkers need to make sure they are adequately prepared for cold nights with insulated sleeping bags, beanies, gloves and thermal underwear. Alternatively, Autumn provides comfortable trekking conditions, as the weather is as stable as the summer months, and the landscape starts to come alive with the spectacular colours of the deciduous beech (also known as fagus), Australia’s only autumn deciduous tree.  As autumn progresses there is usually an increase of rain – an average of 138mm of rain per month, with snowfall usually falling in May. Temperatures reach a maximum of 13 °C, with minimums of 3 °C.
Temperature Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul            
Mean maximum temperature (°C) 19.4 19.4 16.9 13.1 10.1 7.8 7.2            
Mean minimum temperature (°C) 6.3 6 4.5 2.9 1.8 0.3 -0.1            

Temperature Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual              
Mean maximum temperature (°C) 8.1 10.2 12.8 15.6 17.4 13.2              
Mean minimum temperature (°C) 0.2 0.9 2.1 3.6 5.0 2.8              

Rainfall on the Overland Track

While August is considered the wettest month, the area around the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National park experiences some level of rainfall for most of the year. During the prime trekking months in Summer, the average rainfall sits around 104mms. Weather in the park can be more localised than other areas. Coming out winter, the months of September and October are usually the windiest months of the year, and still fairly wet with up to 198mm rainfall each month.
Rainfall Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul            
Mean rainfall (mm) 102.6 80 107.6 130.1 177.4 169 209.2            
Decile 5 (median) rainfall (mm) 90.2 75.1 101.2 120 152.8 161.5 192.2            
Mean number of days of rain ≥ 1 mm 10.9 8.8 11.8 13.7 15.7 16.3 18.3            
Rainfall Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual              
Mean rainfall (mm) 237.7 208.5 188.5 135.2 130.9 1880.4              
Decile 5 (median) rainfall (mm) 212.8 208.4 166.9 128.7 124.6 1844.3              
Mean number of days of rain ≥ 1 mm 18.3 20.1 18.4 116.4 13.9 177.8              

Comment (0)

Your comment will be visible after the administrator's approval.

b i u quote

Save Comment
Join Newsletter
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/ADS.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Adventures South"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Adventure South</div>
Adventure South NZ is unrivalled in their geographic coverage, originality and overall quality of adventures holidays in New Zealand. Choose from walking, cycling, winter or multi-activity holidays, on either the North or South Island.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/AWH.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Australian Walking Holidays"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Australian Walking Holidays</div>
Australian Walking Holidays specialises in small group guided walking adventures. Since 1982 we have been guiding small groups of travellers on Australia's finest walks across our tropical, coastal or red centre landscapes.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/GCT.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Great Canadian Trails"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Great Canadian Trails</div>
Great Canadian Trails specialises in active holidays in Canada. With both guided and supported self-guided options available, our unique itineraries draw upon some of Canada's most inspiring parks, trails and landscapes from coast to coast.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/HUM.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Humac Challenge"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Huma Charity Challenge</div>
Huma enables those with adventurous spirits to challenge themselves and make a difference for a cause close to their heart. Travel, fundraise and meet life-long friends on one of Huma's meaningful and unique challenges around the world.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WB.jpg?v2' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Walkers’ Britain"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Walkers' Britain</div>
Walkers' Britain (formerly Sherpa Expeditions) have specialised in walking and cycling trips in the United Kingdom and Europe since 1973. Explore iconic trails and destinations on a self guided or small group active holiday with Walkers' Britain.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WB.jpg?v2' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Walkers’ Britain"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Walkers' Britain</div>
Walkers' Britain (formerly Sherpa Expeditions) have specialised in walking and cycling trips in the United Kingdom and Europe since 1973. Explore iconic trails and destinations on a self guided or small group active holiday with Walkers' Britain.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/TAS.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Tasmania Expeditions"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Tasmanian Expeditions</div>
Tasmanian Expeditions is the most experienced operator of treks and adventure travel holidays in Tasmania. We own and operate the most comprehensive range of adventure holidays available across Tasmania's varied landscapes.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/UTX-new.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Utracks"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>UTracks</div>
UTracks are the active European holiday specialists. Whether you prefer cycling or walking, 2-star or 4-star, small groups or self guided, land, river or sea – UTracks can help you to explore Europe exactly the way you want.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WYA.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="World Expeditions Schools"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>World Expeditions Schools</div>
World Expeditions Schools is our specialist division dedicated to organising tailor made overseas school group adventures. Specialists in Service Learning projects, choose from more destinations than any other school group provider.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/YOM.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Yomads"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Yomads</div>
Yomads offers adventures for the 20s and 30s on six continents. Designed as a way to bring young and likeminded travellers together, Yomads caters to those interested in lightly structured and active trips that allow freedom to roam and explore.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/ACT.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Australian Cycle Tours"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Australian Cycle Tours</div>
Australian Cycle Tours specialises in high quality self guided and guided cycling experiences in a selection of the most beautiful regions in Australia.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WEX.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="World Expeditions"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>World Expeditions</div>
The pioneers of original, worldwide adventure travel holidays since 1975
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/TJX.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Trail Journeys"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Trail Journeys</div>
Self-guided cycling experts on New Zealand's Otago Rail Trail and more
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/BMAC.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Blue Mountains Adventure Company"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Blue Mountains Adventure Company</div>
The original Blue Mountains canyoning, hiking, climbing and abseiling experts
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/GWNZ.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Great Walks of New Zealand"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Great Walks of New Zealand</div>
Explore New Zealand's most spectacular wilderness regions with the self-guided hiking experts
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/NAA.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="North America Active"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>North America Active</div>
USA Canada hiking & cycling tour specialists, choose from self-guided or guided trips