Our last day on the track, and instead of taking the 30 minute ferry ride we chose to walk the final 17km through the forest to Cynthia Bay. A drink, fresh food and flushing toilet at the end were very welcome. Tomorrow we have a leisurely breakfast at Base Camp Tasmania before heading to the airport and flying home.
Distance: 17.5km Time: 5-6 hours Terrain: Gently undulating through the rainforest. No more steep hills to climb or descend. From here on, savour the last day of your Overland Track journey as you meander lakeside to Cynthia Bay. After an initial stride across the swampy Hamilton Plains, your day will be spent in ancient rainforest, in a world of lichens and mosses, with damp, spongy earth beneath your feet. Occasionally, you will have glimpses to Lake St Clair. And once in a while, the rainforest will open out to younger eucalypt forest, with towering gum-topped stringybarks. About 5km into the walk, you’ll reach the small, rustic Echo Point Hut on the shores of Lake St Clair. If you have the time, you might like to spend an extra night out on the track. From Echo Point, your final few hours on the track continues through rainforest, and then, as you approach Cynthia Bay, through eucalpyt forest and tall ferns. On arrival at Cynthia Bay, remember to de-register your walk and write some reflections on your amazing journey in the walkers’ journal. Most importantly, feel proud of yourself. You will have just completed one of the world’s great long-distance walks through magnificent world heritage wilderness, carrying all that you needed on your back!