Starting from Windy Ridge this walk gently descents through the open eucalypt forest and buttongrass plains, following the Narcissus River valley. After about 5km you pass the signposted intersection with the Pine Valley Track. The walk continues along the valley floor crossing the only swing bridge on the main spine of the Overland Track before coming to Narcissus Hut and camping area. Narcissus Hut is a short walk from the northern tip of Lake St Clair and the ferry jetty. 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.
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.
Transport options and directions
This is part of longer journey and can not be completed on it is own.
After 20 m come to the "Bert Nichols Hut" (20 m on your left).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Optional Sidetrip to Pine Valley. This is best done as an overnight side trip giving you time to also explore the Labyrinth or the Acropolis. The walk of the valley through a lovely and mossy high rainforest, a different vibe from the rest of the Overland Track. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 5.6 km continue straight.
After another 3.2 km cross the bridge (about 20 m long)
After another 1.2 km continue straight.
After another 10 m come to the "Narcissus Ranger Hut" (15 m on your right).
After another 1 m turn right.
After another 6 m come to the end.
About 45 m past the end is "Narcissus Hut campsite".
Optional Sidetrip to Pine Valley. This is best done as an overnight side trip giving you time to also explore the Labyrinth or the Acropolis. The walk of the valley through a lovely and mossy high rainforest, a different vibe from the rest of the Overland Track.
Directions & comments
After another 2.4 km cross the bridge (about 35 m long)
After another 2.4 km pass the "Pine Valley Hut Toilets" (40 m on your left).
About 10 m past the end is "Pine Valley Hut".
About 70 m past the end is "Labyrinth Registration Booth".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 4.8 km to the main route.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Windy Ridge to Narcissus
3 h to 4 h
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Some facilities on route
Camp site: There is one 10 km from the start.
Hut: There are 4 on route, on average they are 3.9 km apart with the largest gap of 10.4 km.
Toilet: There is one 5.6 km (plus an extra 4.8 km along side route) from the start.