Australia: Overland Track Day 5 – Kia Ora to Bert Nichols

On top form today, I left Kia Ora at 8.10 am, in sunny but muggy weather. The majority of today was through rain forest and my first stop was at a clearing where Du Cane Hut sat, before re-entering the forest.

Day 5: Sun through the trees
Sun through the trees
Day 5: Outside Du Cane Hut
Clearing outside Du Cane Hut
Day 5: Du Cane Hut
Du Cane Hut

This section has a number of side trips, to waterfalls, but I wasn’t too interested. I was on my own, and I wasn’t keen to come unstuck on a side trip, especially in the knowledge that there weren’t many others in my vicinity. I pushed on.

Day 5: Forest scenes
Forest scene

Soon I was ascending the 200 m over 2 km to Du Cane Gap, which I managed far better than I did Pelion Gap. I had hoped on a glorious view at the top, like Pelion, but the bush put paid to that, and I was soon descending through woodland, across gnarly tree roots, to the hut.

Day 5: Falling Mountain
Falling Mountain

Bert Nichols is a new hut, replacing Windy Ridge, and it does suffer from a lack of character. Once again, with just me in it, I had the luxury of spreading out.

Day 5: Bert Nichols Hut
Bert Nichols Hut
Day 5: Bert Nichols Hut and the loo
Bert Nichols Hut and the dunny

By about 4 pm, a ranger arrived! Someone to talk to! He loaned me some books on Tasmanian Flora and Fauna to while away the dark hours ahead.

Then the Cradle Hut guys dropped by. They told me they had been looking for me the previous night, to give me some leftover pizza, but in the end the Currawongs nicked it. Pizza! How the other half live! If there is ever a next time, I’ll be doing it the posh way! Like me, they were walking out tomorrow, which was a relief because it meant the ferry would be running. All that was required was to be at Narcissus Jetty by 1 pm.

Had another quiet evening, reading and boiling water.

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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