Walkers on the Overland Track
Overland Track, views of Barn Bluff (photograph: Andrew Englisch)

Tenders called to construct Windermere overnight node

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The Tasmanian Government is calling for tenders to construct a new thermal efficienct hut at the Lake Windermere overnight node on the Overland Track within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA). 

Part of the Tasmanian Government’s commitment to improve the standard and quality of older huts along the multi-day track, while protecting the environmental values, the project follows the successful completion of the Waterfall Valley hut earlier this year. 

The Windermere Hut will be funded through the Tasmanian Government’s $3million Improved Statewide Visitor Infrastructure program commitment and the Federal Government’s World and National Heritage tourism and infrastructure funding Stimuls Package. 

The combined funding will also allow similar works at Kia Ora overnight node during 2021/22 and  provide an improved visitor experience to those undertaking Tasmania’s most iconic multi-day walk. 

The project will ensure walkers can be welcomed to this special part of Tasmania while protecting our natural assets for generations to come.

The upgrades will meet current building and environmental management standards to accommodate daily walkers taking on the trek. 

The project aims to keep facilities basic to ensure the remote and largely undisturbed wilderness landscape is maintained.

The existing rangers quarters will be retained and the former hut and toilet sites will be rehabilitated, once the new facilaites are operational.

In July, the PWS sought community feedback on plans to replace the public hut, construct a new toilet, a new greywater system and a new group platform site. 

The tender for the new Windermere Hut will be advertised on the Tenders website and closes on 26 October.

Hut construction is expected to begin on the ground early in the new year. 

During construction, the existing hut and tent platforms at Windermere will still be available for walkers to use. Sections of the site will be closed to walkers who will need to be aware that there will be construction noise and some days with frequent helicopter movements.

Published 13/10/2020