Windermere to Pelion

5 h to 7 h

15.2 km
oneway segment

↑ 476 m
↓ -626 m

Hard track
Starting from Lake Windermere, the first part of the walk will take you through buttongrass plains. You can take your first side trip here to the Forth Valley Lookout with great views over the valley. When crossing Pelion Creek you'll start your decent through myrtle-beech rainforest to reach the Frog Flats - the Overland Track's lowest section at 730m above sea level. There's a campsite just after crossing the Forth River at Frog Flats, if you decide to stay here. Otherwise continue your way up through rainforest and eucalypt forest to come to the New Pelion Hut. You can take a side trip to the Old Pelion hut, just a few hundred meters before the new one. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Segment This is part of longer journey and can not be completed on it is own.
Full Journey The Overland Track
Start Windermere Hut (-41.7716173,145.9562497)
Finish (-41.8296519,146.0463386)
Mode (end)
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Track Notes
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Turn map Directions & comments
Windermere Hut Start (a walking track).
Find the Windermere Hut at the start.
After another 25 m veer right.
After another 10 m come to the "Windermere Public Camping Platform" (15 m on your left).
After another 35 m pass the "Windermere Hut Toilets" (15 m on your left).
After another 90 m turn right.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Side trip to Mersey River Viewpoint with great views over the Forth River valley. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 4.1 km veer right.
After another 1.2 km continue straight.
After another 250 m cross the bridge (about 8 m long)
After another 470 m cross the bridge (about 6 m long)
After another 1.2 km cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
Continue straight.
After another 160 m continue straight.
After another 3.3 km cross the bridge (about 30 m long)
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Side trip to the charming Old Pelion Hut, constructed around 1916. If you\'re up for a refreshing swim, follow the footrack to a swimming hole in Douglas Creek. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 3.4 km veer right.
After another 860 m come to the "New Pelion Hut" (130 m on your left).
Then come to the "New Pelion Hut public campsite" (15 m on your left).
After another 110 m pass the "New Pelion Hut Toilets" (on your left).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. A sidetrip to Mt Oakleigh from Pelion Hut. A great option if you are having a rest day at Pelion Hut. Walk \\\'behind\\\' the hut, initially following the Arm River Track. Then the Mt Oakleigh track leads up the southern flank. The track can be very muddy as it leads through the low lands. On top, you can enjoy the views from the first lookout or keep going to the far end of the mountain. The tops of the cliffs are not fenced. The views are amazing. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 20 m come to the end.

Side trip to Mersey River Viewpoint with great views over the Forth River valley.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 65 m come to "Mersey River Viewpoint".
Continue another 0 m to find Mersey River Viewpoint at the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 65 m to the main route.

Side trip to the charming Old Pelion Hut, constructed around 1916. If you\'re up for a refreshing swim, follow the footrack to a swimming hole in Douglas Creek.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 440 m come to "Old Pelion Hut".
Continue another 0 m to find Old Pelion Hut at the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 440 m to the main route.

A sidetrip to Mt Oakleigh from Pelion Hut. A great option if you are having a rest day at Pelion Hut. Walk \\\'behind\\\' the hut, initially following the Arm River Track. Then the Mt Oakleigh track leads up the southern flank. The track can be very muddy as it leads through the low lands. On top, you can enjoy the views from the first lookout or keep going to the far end of the mountain. The tops of the cliffs are not fenced. The views are amazing.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 95 m come to the "New Pelion Hut" (on your left).
After another 450 m cross the bridge (about 30 m long)
After another 7 m turn left.
After another 350 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 1.7 km come to the viewpoint (on your right).
After another 680 m turn right.
After another 940 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 4.3 km to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Windermere to Pelion


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 15.2 km
Time 5 h to 7 h
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There are 2 on route, on average they are 5.1 km apart with the largest gap of 15 km.

Shelter: There is one 14.3 km (plus an extra 450 m along side route) from the start.

Hut: There is one 15.1 km from the start.

Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 5.1 km apart with the largest gap of 15.1 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Camp site
40 mWindermere Public Camping Platform
Toilet
75 mWindermere Hut Toilets
Shelter
14.3 kmOld Pelion Hut
Camp site
15 kmNew Pelion Hut public campsite
Hut
15.1 kmNew Pelion Hut
Toilet
15.1 kmNew Pelion Hut Toilets
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