Tips – Overland Track, Tasmania, Australia
Tips for the Trail
1. Walk Softly. This means sticking to the track, and not cutting alternate zig-zagging paths into the land to avoid boggy areas. This is where having gaiters comes in handy; they make walking through the mud that much more enjoyable.
2. No trace camping. Staying in a hut is encouraged over camping whenever possible. This is so that the least amount of human impact effects the wilderness.
3. Bury your faecal waste. This is a fun one. (That’s what the trowel is for, in case you were wondering)
4. Wash dishes/self at least 50m from lakes and streams.
5. Carry out all rubbish.
Where the Wild Things Are
I didn’t see a single snake on my journey along the track, but be aware! There are three species, all are venomous but rarely attack unless provoked. Most bites occur when people try to kill snakes (this is illegal in National Parks where all wildlife is protected) or when they are accidentally stepped on. Snakes are particularly aggressive during the mating season (Feb-Mar). If you see a snake, give it a wide berth.
Now these fellows are cute and relatively harmless, and a treat for the overseas visitor to spot along the track.
Nocturnal creatures, your chances of spotting one of these little guys slim, but don’t be alarmed when you are awoken by their shrieking outside of your hut.
I uknowingly had one of these lovely creatures attached to my cheek until a fellow walker coming in the opposite direction brought it to my attention. The wet conditions of the Tasmanian environment make leeches pretty prevalent, so keep an eye out for these blood-suckers.