Warnings and Advice for Bushwalkers (including the Overland Track)
After operating our bus service for some years now, we still, unfortunately, come across a small minority of visitors, often new to bushwalking in Australia, that come unprepared for the unpredictable weather conditions that can be experienced in many of Tasmania’s popular alpine bush walking areas.
As both an experienced bushwalker and an outdoor education teacher I feel morally obliged to provide the following advice:
Bush walkers should be aware that even in mid summer (Jan/Feb) it is not unusual to have a weather pattern that can bring cold, wet & windy conditions often with snow. Temperatures can go from a hot 30 degrees centigrade one day to 0 degrees the next (sometimes even in the same day). On an extended trip, unless you are able to monitor the weather forecasts, change in this latitude & elevation, can happen very rapidly.
Personal Equipment & Clothing Recommendations
Please note that the following list is not comprehensive, but the items listed should always be included on any overnight expedition. Those with an asterisk (*) should also be taken even on a day walk.
- Full shell clothing, including ¾ length fully water/wind proof anorak/parka and over trousers. *
- Warm woollen hat or beanie. *
- Gloves or Mitts
- Well worn in walking boots. (check they are in good repair prior to your walk) *
- A set of thermal underwear.
- Walking Trousers made from synthetic fibre. (zip off legs are great for hot days) Do not wear cotton jeans. *
- Polar fleece/fibre pile or woollen pullovers (several thin ones are better & more useful than one thick) *
- In summer months, a broad rimmed sun hat & sun screen are essential . *
- Map & compass and know how to use them ( A GPS can malfunctions) *
- First aid kit. *
- Although not advised, if you are walking alone or only two people, in remote areas an EPIRB should be carried (these are available for hire-contact us for details) *
- Torch & spare batteries (a LED type is the most economic for battery life)
- Water sterilising tablets or reliable filter ( near some well used camp sites it is advisable to either boil or sterilise your drinking water)
- Water may need to be carried in some areas in dry periods. *
- Sleeping bag, this should be four season & thoroughly waterproofed in its own stuff bag.
- Insulating Sleeping mat.
- An emergency shelter for your group or a good quality tent. Even if you do plan to use a hut, where they exist, you may get unexpectedly delayed or a group member may become ill or have an accident. (* on extended day walks)
The above are only the most important items, obviously you will need other items such as stove, fuel, cooking & eating utensils, food, spare clothing, toiletries, etc. These are your personal choice. However all this clothing & equipment needs to be carried in a good quality rucksack, which you have waterproofed with a ‘pack liner’ which are easily obtainable from any good outdoor shop. A waterproof pack cover is also a good idea.
We have a certain amount of outdoor clothing & equipment available for hire, please contact us for your requirements.