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

Day 5: Sun through the trees
Day 5: Sun through the trees

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

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 Scenes

Day 5: Fallen Tree
Fallen Tree

Day 5: Forest scenes

Soon I was ascending the 200m over 2km to Du Cane Gap, which I managed far better that I did Pelion Gap. I had hoped on a glorious view at the gap, 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 4pm, 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 1pm.

Had another quiet evening, reading and boiling water.


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