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EXPLORE OUR HISTORIC ALPINE HUTS

The Buller Huts Trail conveniently links a series of historic high country huts. These include Bluff Hut, Lovicks Hut, Vallejo Ganther Hut, King Hut, Craigs Hut (a film set for The Man From Snowy River), Bluff Spur Hut, Geelong Grammar School Hut and Howqua Gap Hut.

Ritchies Hut Side Trip
RITCHIES HUT (Side Trip)

The hike to Ritchies Hut is a side-trip that can be undertaken on day 2 of your trek.

Nestled amongst the mountains and on the banks of the Howqua River, you will find Ritchie’s Hut. Originally built by local craftsman Fred Fry, the hut was a genuine Heritage slab construction, built as a fishing hut for the Ritchie family of Mansfield.

The construction of the new hut, located on the same site as the old one, utilised recycled materials and original building techniques wherever possible.

Ritchie’s Hut is a six kilometre trek from the 8 Mile camping area on Brocks Road, access from Sheepyard Flat / Merrijig (via Howqua Track).

Source: Victoria’s High Country

Buller Huts Trail Bluff Hut
BLUFF HUT

Located in the Alpine National Park, Bluff Hut is the third highest hut in Australia. The orginal hut, built in the 1950’s, was burnt down in the 2007 fires and has since been rebuilt.

Bluff Hut offers basic camping for car-based campers and hikers. From the hut it is a short walk to the Bluff, which offers uninterrupted views of the surrounding mountains.

Source: Mansfield-Mt Buller

Buller Huts Trail Lovicks Hut
LOVICKS HUT

Located on Mt Lovick, Lovick’s Hut, marks the spot where one of the original cattlemen’s huts stood until 2003.

Hikers can access the hut from the east from the direction of Mt Howitt, while horseriders and 4WD vehicles can head over from the Bluff. Lovick’s Hut is accessed via the 4WD Bluff Track off Bluff Link Track from Brocks Road.

Source: Mansfield-Mt Buller

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VALLEJO GANTNER HUT

The Vallejo Gantner Hut is located at Macalister Springs near Mount Howitt and the Crosscut Saw. The construction commenced in late 1968. The hut was built as a memorial following the death of a young man named Vallejo Gantner. There is a naturally composting pit toilet with a magnificent view down the Macalister River Valley and across the tops of nearby snowgums and mountain ridges.

Source: Wikipedia

King Hut Bulller Huts Trail
KING HUT

King Hut is perched on the western edge of the Alpine National Park, about 35 km east of Mt Stirling, alongside the King River. The dramatic 4WD-access route follows the King River Track for 7 km from the junction with Speculation Rd, which is itself reached via a turn-off on Circuit Rd about 6 km east of the Craig’s Hut turn-off. There are horse yards here for use by intrepid explorers. The hut itself is in excellent condition, having been recently rebuilt.

Source: Mansfield-Mt Buller

CRAIGS HUT

Craig’s Hut is arguably the most famous High Country hut. Perched atop Mt Stirling, Craig’s Hut offers stunning views of the ranges and is one of the regions most photographed landmarks.

First built as a set for The Man From Snowy River film, the hut has now become an iconic symbol of Australia’s settler history.

Source: Mansfield-Mt Buller

Buller Huts Trail Bluff Spur Hut
BLUFF SPUR HUT

Bluff Spur Hut is a shelter hut near the Mt Stirling summit and was erected as a memorial to a pair of skiers who died of exposure on the mountain. The hut is used by skiers in winter and hikers in summer.

Source: Mansfield-Mt Buller

Geelong Grammar School Hut
GEELONG GRAMMAR HUT

Geelong Grammar School Hut on the other side of the Mt Stirling summit from Bluff Spur Hut is owned by Geelong Grammar School and is used during cross country skiing by students from the Timbertop campus.

Source: Back Country Huts

Howqua Gap Hut
HOWQUA GAP HUT

Howqua Gap Hut (also known as Howqua Hut or Woollybutt Saddle Hut) was built about 1968 as a base for logging operations. Weatherboard hut, with an iron roof and wooden floor. There is a brick fireplace, iron chimney, shelf and seat. The walls are lined with tongue and groove timber.

Source: Kosciuszco Huts Association

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CAMPING NEAR ALPINE HUTS

Huts of all shapes and sizes were built in the high country from the mid 1800s by cattle musterers, fishermen, miners, loggers, forest rangers and more recently ski and bushwalking groups. Most early ones were built using materials at hand, and with basic tools. Many have long gone, but huts are still scattered all over the alpine and high country area of Victoria.

Not all campsites are located near huts and it is wise not to plan on sleeping in them. Many of the huts are of historical significance and they are also important shelters in case of adverse conditions. We all need to work together to ensure that the huts are in a suitable condition for use as an emergency shelter.

It is quite a disgrace that some outdoor enthusiasts find it appropriate to tag huts with graffiti or leave their rubbish behind for others to remove. A bit of common sense and consideration goes a long way. When camping near or using huts for shelter please consider the following and ensure that you read the Victorian High Country Huts Code of Conduct.

PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE

  • Use huts for shelter only, not for accommodation. Most huts have flat grassy areas nearby which are perfect for pitching a tent
  • Cook with fuel stoves and keep fires to a minimum. This is not so much because of the fire risk, but to maintain a supply of firewood for emergency situations. In popular camping areas it can be a long walk to find firewood. (Some huts are in fuel-stove-only areas)
  • Don’t exhaust the supply of matches in huts and replace any firewood that you use
  • Collect water upstream from huts and always boil it just in case
  • Don’t spoil any available water supply by washing yourself of cooking equipment in it
  • Observe toilet etiquette. Dig a hole 150mm deep at least 50m from water and downstream from any camp site. Be sure to fill in the hole after use
  • Leave the hut cleaner than when you arrived and take your rubbish with you.

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