In conjunction with Code 9 Foundation, Resilience Builders offers an exclusive Switch Off – Overland Track experience to first responders and 000 operators who live with PTSD, depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions.
Beyond these challenges, men and women are often burdened with guilt at the prospect of leaving loved ones for some ‘me time’.
But if the damage from work life and demands of family life leaves you strung out, doing something for yourself is exactly what you (and those close to you) need.
There’s no better place in Australia, if not the world, to slow down and switch off than the Overland Track in the rugged Tasmanian wilderness. The famous trail is regularly rated as one of the world’s top 10 hikes.
Switch Off removes all distractions. It gives your mind time to rest and your body time to move. It gives you space to reflect and rejuvenate.
You’ll join a small, like-minded group of people who know that, to be their best for their family and their colleagues, they need to invest in themselves.
It’s just been one great big adventure. I just found myself again.
I got a sense of achievement to do it. I’d recommend it to anyone.
It’s been a real blessing…really been able to switch off. It’s been great.
Meeting at Launceston Airport early in the morning we travel to Cradle Mountain National Park. After lunch, begin the world-famous Overland Track. You might even spot your first wombat! Overnight at the impressive Scout Hut.
We wake to sun, snow, wind, rain, or maybe all four. Weather permitting we view Cradle Mountain from a unique vantage point before finding our rhythm and making our way to Waterfall Valley Hut. Overnight at Waterfall Valley Hut.
We begin the day with incredible views of Barn Bluff. Wander through sweeping moorlands and (for those brave enough) revitalise aching muscles with a dip in Lake Windermere at the end of your day’s hike..
A longer day today, but one littered with impressive natural landmarks. From the Forth Gorge Lookout you’ll get views of Mt Oakleigh, Pelion East and Tasmania’s highest peak Mt Ossa. Overnight at the Track’s largest hut New Pelion.
We leave the comfort of New Pelion Hut and gradually ascend to Pelion Gap where, conditions and energy levels permitting, we consider a side-trip to the summit of Mt Ossa. Overnight at Kia Ora Hut.
We make our way through the rainforest to the old hut of early 20th century trapper Paddy Hartnett. A short side-trip to impressive falls named after the man himself is also worth the effort. A steady climb and descent through incredible eucalypt forest brings us to the Track’s newest hut at Windy Ridge.
Spirits are high on our final morning as we stroll confidently to Narcissus Hut and await the ferry across Lake St. Claire to the visitor’s centre. Overnight at the Derwent Bridge Hotel for a well-earned counter meal and begin the stories of our adventure.
After a cosy night in a proper bed we board the bus to Launceston Airport and catch our flights home – relaxed, happy and proud of our achievement.
Nick is one of Australia’s leading resilience experts with decades of knowledge drawn from the world’s most extreme environments.
He’s a Mt. Everest summiteer, high-altitude mountain guide and former Victoria Police detective.
His engaging, personable (and occasionally mischievous) style helps participants retain the vital knowledge they’ll carry for life.
You’re in safe hands with Nick.
Our free Trek Ready – 100 Day Health and Fitness Plan is a fantastic way to prepare for any adventure.
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