During a recent trip to the high country I visited a few huts I hadn’t been to before and it inspired me to trawl through my old photos and put together a post some of the huts I have visited.
I can’t quite explain the appeal of the huts scattered throughout Victoria’s High Country – but I will try:
They are normally located in beautiful spots
You can normally get water there – either from a tank or nearby stream
They can provide shelter from bad weather – potentially saving your life
They are a common point where you meet other people
You can often find information or get insight into the history of the hut and the area
There is often a toilet there
It is free to use the huts
It is “somewhere to go” when it’s more about the journey than the destination
The age, style and quality of the huts varies tremendously. Some huts have significant heritage value while others are just modern tin sheds. Some you would gladly sleep in and others just feel creepy. The huts are constantly changing – with rebuilding after bushfires and ongoing repairs and refurbishment.
The hut experience is also about the people you meet. We shared the hut at Pretty Valley one night with a very entertaining family of backcountry snowboarders. The mum introduced us to the concept of a “Toegasm”. This is the sensation you experience when you take off your cold, wet snowboard boots after a long day and slip on your warm, dry ugg boots. It was a funny night as we shuffled our positions in the crowded hut like a game of Tetris. We thought they were strange for cramming 4 people into a 4 person tent – and they thought we were idiots because myself, Coop Dogg and Stovemaster Niko each had our own 2 man tent.
Millers Hut near Lake Tali Karng. Not a lot of flat ground for camping but a nice place to visit.
What post on high country huts would be complete without some shots of Craig’s Hut – undoubtedly the most famous hut of all.
I have been to Craig’s Hut many times and had fine weather and great views every time.
Bluff Spur Hut on Mt Stirling has a sleeping area for 4 people which is separated from the main room. Apparently a small native rodent lives in the hut and is known to annoy people sleeping in the hut as it scurries around looking for food.
Geelong Grammar School (GGS) Hut on Mt Stirling. I didn’t go inside because I couldn’t be bothered taking skis off but it looked pretty good from the outside.