Australia: Overland Track Day 3 – Windermere to New Pelion

The longest distance today; 16.75 km, and I was up at first light. I was in my element! Moorland and mist for the early part of the morning, it could have been Dartmoor with duckboards, for all I knew! The air was cool, perfect for walking, and I happily ate up the distance across Pine Forest Moor, popping in and out of woodland.

Day 3: sunshine breaking through the mist
Sunshine breaking through the mist
Day 3: Misty sunshine
misty sunshine

There was no view to be seen at the Forth Valley Lookout, so on I went, into more forest. I then reappeared into open moor where the mist had thickened.

Day 3: A murky Pine Forest Moor crossing
A murky Pine Forest Moor

This continued for some distance but as the sun rose it began to burn off the cloud and eventually the mountains were laid out before me.

Day 3: that patch of clearing on the left, Pelion Hut.
The patch of clearing to the left is Pelion Hut

I could even see, in the distance, what appeared to be a large hut on the edge of a forest, looking out onto a vast grassy plain; this had to be New Pelion Hut. But seeing it, it was still a good few hours away. I also spotted the Cradle Hut party, and eventually passed them just before Pelion Creek.

This next section, to Frog Flats, was a lengthy twisting and turning traverse around Mount Pelion West, through wet woodland. It took over an hour to finally reach the Flats.

Day 3: Paddy's Nut from Frog Flats
Paddy’s Nut from Frog Flats

Next up, was a climb, on boggy trail, up to Pelion Plains. I was now exhausted, and the sight of New Pelion Hut was a welcome one.

Day 3: Pelion Hut
New Pelion Hut

I was rattling around this large hut. With a full quota of Overlanders behind me, I expected some to skip Windermere, as the others had done, but no, not even a Ranger was close by.

Day 3: Inside Pelion Hut
Inside Pelion Hut

Still, I enjoyed the solitude, and looked out at the vista of Mount Pelion, the other side of the plain, and when the sun had set, I made dinner, sorted my water supplies for the next day, then bed, listening to the hut creaking like a haunted house.

Day 3: Mount Pelion and the Pelion Plains
Mount Pelion and Pelion Plains

Published by Moorland Walker

Paul is a backpacker, tor bagger, Bibbulmun Track End to Ender and West Ham supporter. He moved down from London to live in Okehampton in 2016, after realising he was spending most of his weekends on Dartmoor and it just made sense to make it permanent!

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