After operating our bus service for some years now we still, unfortunately, come across a small minority of visitors, often new to bushwalking in Australia, that come unprepared for the unpredictable weather conditions that can be experienced in many of Tasmania's popular alpine bush walking areas.
As both an experienced bushwalker and an outdoor education teacher I feel morally obliged to provide the following advice:
Bush walkers should be aware that even in mid summer (Jan/Feb) it is not unusual to have a weather pattern that can bring cold, wet & windy conditions often with snow. Temperatures can go from a hot 30 degrees centigrade one day to 0 degrees the next (sometimes even in the same day). On an extended trip, unless you are able to monitor the weather forecasts, change in this latitude & elevation, can happen very rapidly.
Personal Equipment & Clothing Recommendations
Please note that the following list is not comprehensive, but the items listed should always be included on any overnight expedition. Those with an asterisk (*) should also be taken even on a day walk.
The above are only the most important items, obviously you will need other items such as stove, fuel, cooking & eating utensils, food, spare clothing, toiletries, etc. These are your personal choice. However all this clothing & equipment needs to be carried in a good quality rucksack, which you have waterproofed with a 'pack liner' which are easily obtainable from any good outdoor shop.
We have a certain amount of outdoor clothing & equipment available for hire, please contact us for your requirements.