Kia Ora to Windy Ridge
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   3 h 30 min to 4 h 30 min

9.5 km
oneway

Climb: 369m
Descent: 353m

Hard track
Starting from Kia Ora Hut and the bubbling cascades you will explore the dense rainforest as you want to the historic Du Cane Hut. Not too far past the Du Cane Hut are some very worthwhile side trips to D’Alton, Fergusson and Hartnett Falls. These are spectacular waterfalls in the dense rainforest and a great place for lunch. Then the track climbs up towards Du Cane Gap and then steeply leads down to the large Bert Nichols Hut and camping area at Windy Ridge. Let us begin by acknowledging the Palawa people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 


Turn map Directions & comments
Start
At the intersection of Overland Track & Kia Ora Hut toilet track Start heading along Overland Track (a walking track).

Find the Kia Ora Hut public camping platform at the start.

Find the Kia Ora Hut at the start.
After 75 m pass the "Kia Ora Falls" (on your left).
Continue straight
After another 410 m (at the intersection of Overland Track & Paddy Hartnett Track) continue straight, to head along Overland Track.

Then pass the "Two nails wodden (old)" (on your left).
After another 2.1 km pass the toilet (30 m on your right).
After another 15 m (at the intersection of Overland Track & Du Cane Hut toilet track) veer left, to head along Overland Track.
Shelter
After another 50 m pass the "Du Cane Hut" (on your right).
Side trip to Dalton Falls on Mersey River. Details near bottom of page.
Side trip to Fergusson Falls on Mersey River. Details near bottom of page.
Turn sharp right
After another 1.7 km (at the intersection of Overland Track & Dalton & Fergusson Falls Track) turn sharp right, to head along Overland Track.
Side trip to the tallest of the falls - Hartnett Falls. Details near bottom of page.
Turn right
After another 1.1 km (at the intersection of Overland Track & Hartnett Falls Track) turn right, to head along Overland Track.

After another 4 km continue straight, to head along Overland Track.
After another 50 m continue straight, to head along Overland Track.
After another 55 m (at the intersection of Overland Track & Windy Ridge Ranger Hut Track) continue straight, to head along Overland Track.
Turn right
After another 10 m (at the intersection of Bert Nichols Hut Toilet Track & Overland Track) turn right, to head along Bert Nichols Hut Toilet Track.

After another 10 m come to "Bert Nichols Hut".
About 25 m past the end is a camp site.

About 45 m past the end is a toilet.
The end
The end.

Side trip to Dalton Falls on Mersey River. Side trip to Dalton Falls on Mersey River.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start
At the intersection of Dalton & Fergusson Falls Track & Overland Track Start heading along Dalton & Fergusson Falls Track (a walking track).

After another 270 m (at the intersection of Dalton Falls Track & Dalton & Fergusson Falls Track) continue straight, to head along Dalton Falls Track.
After another 135 m come to "Dalton Falls".
About 10 m past the end is "Dalton Falls".
The end
Continue another 0 m to find Dalton Falls at the end.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 410 m to the main route.

Side trip to Fergusson Falls on Mersey River. Side trip to Fergusson Falls on Mersey River.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start
At the intersection of Dalton & Fergusson Falls Track & Overland Track Start heading along Dalton & Fergusson Falls Track (a walking track).

After another 270 m (at the intersection of Fergusson Falls Track & Dalton Falls Track) turn right, to head along Fergusson Falls Track.
After another 170 m come to "Fergusson Falls".
About 20 m past the end is "Fergusson Falls".
The end
Continue another 0 m to find Fergusson Falls at the end.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 440 m to the main route.

Side trip to the tallest of the falls - Hartnett Falls. Side trip to the tallest of the falls - Hartnett Falls. Side trip to the tallest of the falls - Hartnett Falls.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start
At the intersection of Hartnett Falls Track & Overland Track Start heading along Hartnett Falls Track (a walking track).
Turn left
After another 700 m (at the intersection of Harnett Fall Bottom Track & Hartnett Falls Track) turn left, to head along Harnett Fall Bottom Track.

After another 8 m pass the "Hartnett Falls" (15 m on your right).
The end
After another 295 m come to the end.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 1 km to the main route.