Windermere to Pelion
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   5 h to 7 h

15.2 km
oneway

Climb: 476m
Descent: 626m

Hard track
Starting from Lake Windermere, the first part of the walk will take you through buttongrass plains. You can take your first side trip here to the Forth Valley Lookout with great views over the valley. When crossing Pelion Creek you'll start your decent through myrtle-beech rainforest to reach the Frog Flats - the Overland Track's lowest section at 730m above sea level. There's a campsite just after crossing the Forth River at Frog Flats, if you decide to stay here. Otherwise continue your way up through rainforest and eucalypt forest to come to the New Pelion Hut. You can take a side trip to the Old Pelion hut, just a few hundred meters before the new one. 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.


Turn map Directions & comments
Start
Windermere Hut Start (a walking track).

Find the Windermere Hut at the start.
Veer right
After another 25 m veer right.

After another 10 m come to the "Windermere Public Camping Platform" (15 m on your left).

After another 35 m pass the "Windermere Hut Toilets" (15 m on your left).
After another 90 m turn right.
Side trip to Mersey River Viewpoint with great views over the Forth River valley. Details near bottom of page.
Veer right
After another 4.1 km veer right.

After another 1.2 km continue straight.
After another 250 m cross the bridge (about 8 m long)
After another 470 m cross the bridge (about 6 m long)
After another 1.2 km cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
Continue straight.
Continue straight
After another 160 m continue straight.

After another 3.3 km cross the bridge (about 30 m long)
Side trip to the charming Old Pelion Hut, constructed around 1916. If you\'re up for a refreshing swim, follow the footrack to a swimming hole in Douglas Creek. Details near bottom of page.
Veer right
After another 3.4 km veer right.

After another 860 m come to the "New Pelion Hut" (130 m on your left).
Then come to the "New Pelion Hut public campsite" (15 m on your left).

After another 110 m pass the "New Pelion Hut Toilets" (on your left).
A sidetrip to Mt Oakleigh from Pelion Hut. A great option if you are having a rest day at Pelion Hut. Walk \\\'behind\\\' the hut, initially following the Arm River Track. Then the Mt Oakleigh track leads up the southern flank. The track can be very muddy as it leads through the low lands. On top, you can enjoy the views from the first lookout or keep going to the far end of the mountain. The tops of the cliffs are not fenced. The views are amazing. Details near bottom of page.
The end
After another 20 m come to the end.

Side trip to Mersey River Viewpoint with great views over the Forth River valley.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start
Start.

After another 65 m come to "Mersey River Viewpoint".
Continue another 0 m to find Mersey River Viewpoint at the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 65 m to the main route.

Side trip to the charming Old Pelion Hut, constructed around 1916. If you\'re up for a refreshing swim, follow the footrack to a swimming hole in Douglas Creek.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start
Start.

After another 440 m come to "Old Pelion Hut".
Continue another 0 m to find Old Pelion Hut at the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 440 m to the main route.

A sidetrip to Mt Oakleigh from Pelion Hut. A great option if you are having a rest day at Pelion Hut. Walk \\\'behind\\\' the hut, initially following the Arm River Track. Then the Mt Oakleigh track leads up the southern flank. The track can be very muddy as it leads through the low lands. On top, you can enjoy the views from the first lookout or keep going to the far end of the mountain. The tops of the cliffs are not fenced. The views are amazing. A sidetrip to Mt Oakleigh from Pelion Hut. A great option if you are having a rest day at Pelion Hut. Walk \\\'behind\\\' the hut, initially following the Arm River Track. Then the Mt Oakleigh track leads up the southern flank. The track can be very muddy as it leads through the low lands. On top, you can enjoy the views from the first lookout or keep going to the far end of the mountain. The tops of the cliffs are not fenced. The views are amazing. A sidetrip to Mt Oakleigh from Pelion Hut. A great option if you are having a rest day at Pelion Hut. Walk \\\'behind\\\' the hut, initially following the Arm River Track. Then the Mt Oakleigh track leads up the southern flank. The track can be very muddy as it leads through the low lands. On top, you can enjoy the views from the first lookout or keep going to the far end of the mountain. The tops of the cliffs are not fenced. The views are amazing.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start
Start.

After 95 m come to the "New Pelion Hut" (on your left).
After another 450 m cross the bridge (about 30 m long)
Turn left
After another 7 m turn left.

After another 350 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 1.7 km come to the viewpoint (on your right).
After another 680 m turn right.
The end
After another 940 m come to the end.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 4.3 km to the main route.