We set off on the Overland Track from the Waldheim chalet. Our first stop, Crater Lake for a frigid skinny dip. Crater Lake is a Cirque, a roughly semi-circular, hollow basin in the side of a mountain, formed by glacial action. 10.7 km.
After breakfast and making our lunches, we walked across button grass moorlands to the Lake Will junction, a 3km return trip. Our lunch spot and better swimming spot, was Lake Windermere. Evening stop: Pine Forest Moor Hut. The turn offs for our huts are very discreet and not at all obvious, not visible from the main path. 7.8 km.
We circled around Mt. Pelion West and through the very beautiful Frog Flats, lowest point on the Overland Track. Up and down forests to the Pelion Plains. Clear sky, glorious afternoon enabling us to see Mt. Oakleigh with its spires across the button grass plain. Some of us swam in Douglas Creek, another icy dip. 16.8 km.
Some of us climbed Mt. Ossa, highest point in Tasmania, 1,617m. With the 6km Mt. Ossa return and 9km of the Overland Track, we did 14 kms today. I swam in Kia Ora Creek in the coldest water by far!!!!
A 9km day …. The trail passed through a beautiful eucalyptus forest. Lovely valley prior to the suspension bridge, one person at a time! Last swim of the trekThe Narcissus River feeds into Lake St. Clair. The ferry transported us across the lake to Cynthia Bay