The Overland Track

The Overland Track

Two weeks ago our Certificate IV in Guiding students tackled the world-famous Overland Track in two separate groups, to put our catering, guiding and interpretive skills to the test in the high country.

To enhance the experience for our group members on the six-day walk, we were required to  interpret aspects of the areas’ natural and cultural heritage throughout our journey.

We heard of tales of miner’s exploits and the fabled railway wars, amazing feats of survival and endurance that seem super human, as we traversed frozen tracks that were 100 years old.  We learnt about mountain men, ragged and lonely by the exposure to the elements as they toiled for survival in the Depression years, hoping in desperation to find their riches to secure their future.  We discovered the remnants of the their bygone era in pockets of forests on the open plateau and huts for trappers, long forgotten and now being reclaimed by nature.

We enjoyed seeing evidence of the strength and power of glacier’s that moved and cut through the landscape, creating a land filled with ragged and majestic mountains and vast valleys filled with ancient forests.

There was time to stop and reflect upon the magnitude of the creation we have in our own backwards as we travelled through Myrtle forests filled with creeks and waterfalls that have carved their way from mountains to lake, and lake to sea.

Amazing food was presented at every stop as our Guide’s and caterer’s proved warm drinks, soups, wraps and three course meals each night, were always a great delight.

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