Why we love winter trekking

Walk through a forest of snow and trees along Tasmania's Overland Track during winter | Andrew Bain
Walk through a forest of snow and trees along Tasmania's Overland Track during winter | Andrew Bain

If summer is the season of nature and wildlife admirers, then winter is meant for adventure junkies.  The remote trails of Tasmania turn into pieces of sublime beauty during the winter season. Passing along frozen lakes and crossing winter grasses and snow covered trails winter trekking in Tasmania is a truly spectacular experience. 

 
Winter on the Overland Track |  <i>Aran Price</i>
 

Between June and August, many of Tasmania’s impressive peaks are blanketed in snow, and the all-white landscape creates a picture-perfect winterland that few people explore. Trekking during these months can be one of the most exciting – and most challenging - times to trek the Overland Track or the Walls of Jerusalem Experience, with average maximum temperatures of 4.9°C and overnight temperatures as low as -9°C. Don’t rule it out just yet though! 

While winter may be the coldest and wettest month, it can also be one of the most rewarding times to trek. You’ll likely have the trail to yourself and the landscape is transformed into a white winter wonderland, which can sometimes see you wading through waist deep snow. July can bring lovely crisp, clear days that brings the majestic snowy landscapes to life, a beautiful sight that stays with you long after you return home. Many of the park’s lakes freeze over during winter, creating unique photographic opportunities that few trekkers are able to experience. And with fewer people on the track, the trail is much quieter and the environment more serene and tranquil.


This trip was an amazing experience. I have always wanted to see snow, visit Tasmania and do the Cradle Mountain Hike; so what better holiday than Tasmania in winter. The Tasmanian Expeditions experience was great. The booking was easy and came with a huge amount of information to prepare for the trip. Once we arrived and completed the introduction meeting and preparing for the trip we embarked on an adventure. The guides were amazing and can not talk highly enough of them, well prepared and excellent cooks. The hiking was a mixture of hard and easy days but it was rewarding in the end. If you have time to do the trip i highly recommend Tasmanian Expeditions to lead you on the track. 
Mark M.

 

As long as you are fit, prepared to camp in winter and have the right equipment, trekking in Tasmania in winter is simply stunning.

The Overland Winter Trek

A winter adventure along Tasmania's most iconic walking trail in the Cradle Mountain National Park. Duration: 7 days Departs: Fortnightly between June - September    

  The Walls of Jerusalem are a fantastic winter expedition |  <i>Aran Price</i>

Walls Of Jerusalem Winter Experience

A series of spectacular day walks exploring the alpine wilderness of the Walls of Jerusalem by foot and snowshoe. Duration: 4 days Departs: Fortnightly between June - September     Find out why our Operations Manager, Scotty O’Leary, loves winter trekking in Tasmania.

The Overland Track trek was a 40th birthday gift to me and as such I went into it with almost no information of what to expect – which was exactly the way I wanted it. With no preconceived ideas of what to expect, I took the adventure, the magnificent wilderness and the excellent company as I found it day by day and was never disappointed. It was breathtakingly beautiful, the guides were professional and friendly and the physical challenge was just what I needed. I came away with great memories, a wealth of extraordinary photos and the inspiration to eat, exercise and generally live better.  I loved it. The snow, the crispness in the air and the greater tranquility of the less crowded environment truly enhanced the experience. D. Valente. Seacombe, SA. Australia
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