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Tassie Is Offering Half-Price Summer Passes For One Of Their Most Popular Hiking Trails

As we emerge from our Covid-19 cocoons full of focaccia and hungry for travel, for the first time ever, Tasmania has come through with a huge discount on their most famous and spectacular hiking trail: the Overland Track.

If you’re salty you can’t travel overseas in 2020, a trip to Tassie is the perfect compromise. The landscapes are a stark and surreal contrast to your regulation Aussie suburb: glacially carved valleys, ancient rainforests, fragrant eucalyptus forests, golden buttongrass moorlands, beautiful alpine meadows, mountains, beaches and more. Plus, you have to fly off the mainland to get there.

 

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This little island is famous for a lot of things (read: MONA, gourmet food, distilleries, colonial history etc etc), but a big one is their epic walking trails.

Experienced hikers come from all over the world to take on the Overland Track, a 65-kilometre, six-day trek which begins at the iconic Cradle Mountain and ends at Australia’s deepest lake, Lake St Clair. It’s definite bucket list material.

Every winter, passes are free because it’s a challenging time to hit the trail. Summer, on the other hand, is super popular and will set you back $200. But in an effort to rebuild after the impacts of COVID-19, Tasmania’s Parks and Wildlife Service has, for the first time, slashed that price to just $100.

Between October 1 and December 31 2020, hikers can take advantage of a 50 percent discount, pleasant weather and clearer skies. It also means you don’t have to lug as much gear with you on this life-changing challenge.

 

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With restrictions set to progressively ease for interstate travel, strap in, because this could be the year you finally walk the Overland Track.

If a six-day trek sounds a little too advanced for you, check out these five Tasmanian adventures for nature lovers.

(Lead Image: Unsplash / Sylvia Yang)