Australia: Overland Track Day 6 – Bert Nicholls to Lake St. Clair

I had a terrible night. My left arm was in a constant state of being either dead, or having pins and needles, and I just couldn’t get comfortable. I was happy to be finishing today. Keen to get underway today, I returned the books to the Ranger, and left the hut just before 8 am.

Day 6: 3hrs to the ferry at Narcissus!
3 hrs to the ferry at Narcissus

A quick photo session of the range behind the hut, then best foot forward.

Day 6: Early morning sun on the mountains
Early morning sun on the mountains

Once I had popped some pain killers and anti-inflammatory pills, my arm was coping, and today was a breeze; pretty much a gentle descent, through shady forest. I started to enjoy the final few hours. Occasionally, you were afforded glimpses through the bush of the mountains on the other side of the Narcissus River valley. At Bowling Green, I could look back at The Acropolis.

Day 6: Bowling Green
Bowling Green
Day 6: Pine Valley turn off
Pine Valley turn off

Eventually, the terrain leveled out, and the appearance of well maintained duck boards gave you the impression that the end was near. Still quite a while to go though.

Day 6: Well maintained walkway
Well maintained walkway

Before the suspension bridge, I met another Ranger on his way to Bert Nichols, before doing a stint up at Pine Valley. With the Easter break almost upon us, Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife were expecting a busy end to the Summer season.

Day 6: Mount Olympus ahead
Mount Olympus ahead
Day 6: Narcissus River suspension bridge
Narcissus River suspension bridge

Over the Suspension bridge, it was no more than half hour to Narcissus Hut. By far the shabbiest of the huts, no doubt it is the least used as the jetty is only 500 m away. I had noodles for lunch at the hut, and as I did, I was passed by an Overlander who had walked from Kia Ora in order to get the ferry. With a full house tomorrow, there wouldn’t be any space on it, and he would have had to walk the 15 km around the edge of Lake St. Clair.

Day 6: Narcissus River
Narcissus River
Day 6: Narcissus Hut
Narcissus Hut

I wandered down to the jetty soon after, with an hour still to go, laid my pack down in some shade, and sat myself down to reflect on the past week. After so long, I had finally done it!

Day 6: Mount Olympus from Narcissus Bay
Mount Olympus from Narcissus Bay
Day 6: Narcissus Bay
Narcissus Bay

The Cradle Hut crew turned up; They obviously felt sorry for me doing the walk on my own, as they gave me the best roll I had ever tasted, full of beetroot, cheese, salami, pickled onions.. the ingredients seemed endless! And to top that off, a large bar of chocolate! Travellers of the Appalachian Trail would call such kindness and generosity “Trail Magic”!

Day 6: trail magic - a cheese, ham and salad roll
trail magic – a cheese, ham and salad roll

The ferry arrived, and soon I was signing off the track, and into the lodge for a welcome beer. More trail magic as the bloke behind the bar gave me it for nothing, as I was waiting to be served so long. With no way of getting to Hobart today, I booked into the backpacker accommodation and phoned Stan of Adventure Seekers, to see if he could pick me up tomorrow; No problem, he would see me there at 11 am.

Day 6: Lake St. Clair
Lake St. Clair

So that was it! My journey had ended. My evening was spent having a long hot shower, taking in views of the lake, another beer, and a glass of wine with a fillet steak that, I swear, gave me a high!

Day 6: A well deserved beer!
A well deserved beer

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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