Lake Rodway to Windermere

4 h to 6 h

12 km
oneway segment

↑ 524 m
↓ -454 m

Very challenging
Walk from Lake Rodway to Windermere along the Overland Track. Today starts by climbing the 300 vertical meters back up to the main spine of the Overland Track, take your time and turn around to enjoy the views over Lake Rodway. Then you walk along the ridge to find the intersection with the Barn Bluff Track (options side trip in fine weather). Here we turn left and walk steeply down into the majestic Waterfall Valley. The hut, toilets and campsites are closed during the summer of 2019/2020. Continue through the mostly open alpine country with many tarns and there is an optional side trip to Lake Will. There is a small beach at Lake Will and another opportunity for a swim at Lake Windermere. The hut and camping area is not far past the lake, perched on the side of the hill. 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.
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Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
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Warning
This journey requires significant bushwalking experience, specialised equipment and navigation skills.
Please ensure you and your group well prepared and equiped for this journey.

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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Segment This is part of longer journey and can not be completed on it is own.
Start (-41.6924607,145.9653485)
Finish Windermere Hut (-41.7716173,145.9562497)
Mode (end)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the Scott-Kilvert Memorial Hut at the start.
Find the Scott-Kilvert Hut Campsite at the start.
Find the toilet at the start.
After another 2.1 km turn left.
After another 75 m continue straight.
After another 20 m pass the "Emergency Shelter" (15 m on your left).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Barn Bluff side trip. This is for very experienced walkers comfortable with rock scrambles, exposed heights and faint tracks, you will need clear weather. Leave 3-4hrs to complete this side trip, this makes for a big day, so you will need to start the day early. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 650 m veer left.
After another 1.6 km continue straight.
After another 640 m pass the waterfall (70 m on your left).
After another 570 m veer left.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Walk to Innes Falls via Lake Will. You can have the side trip by \'just\' visiting the lovely beach on the shore of Lake Will. Enjoy the lake and the views up to Barn Bluff. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 2.4 km continue straight.
After another 3.4 km come to the "Windermere Lake Viewpoint" (10 m on your left).
After another 460 m come to the "Windermere Group Camping Platforms" (40 m on your left).
After another 70 m turn right.
After another 10 m pass the "Windermere Hut Toilets" (40 m on your left).
Continue another 15 m to find Windermere Hut at the end.
"Windermere Hut".

Barn Bluff side trip. This is for very experienced walkers comfortable with rock scrambles, exposed heights and faint tracks, you will need clear weather. Leave 3-4hrs to complete this side trip, this makes for a big day, so you will need to start the day early.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Continue another 3.1 km to find Barn Bluff at the end.
"Barn Bluff".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 3.1 km to the main route.

Walk to Innes Falls via Lake Will. You can have the side trip by \'just\' visiting the lovely beach on the shore of Lake Will. Enjoy the lake and the views up to Barn Bluff.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 2.6 km pass the "Innes Falls" (9 m on your right).
After another 15 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 2.6 km to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Lake Rodway to Windermere


Grading
Class 5/6
Very challenging
Length 12 km
Time 4 h to 6 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Forecasted & unexpected severe weather likely to have an impact on your navigation and safety (5/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There are 2 on route, on average they are 4 km apart with the largest gap of 11.9 km.

Shelter: There is one 2.3 km from the start.

Hut: There are 2 on route, on average they are 4 km apart with the largest gap of 12 km.

Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 4 km apart with the largest gap of 11.9 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Hut
4 mScott-Kilvert Memorial Hut
Camp site
15 mScott-Kilvert Hut Campsite
Toilet
15 m[toilet]
Shelter
2.3 kmEmergency Shelter
Camp site
11.9 kmWindermere Group Camping Platforms
Toilet
12 kmWindermere Hut Toilets
Hut
12 kmWindermere Hut
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