High Country Huts
Wallace's Hut is the oldest of the Cattleman's huts still standing in the Alpine National Park and is classified under the National Trust. It was built from slabs of snowgum by the Wallace Brothers in 1889 and is located along the Bogong High Plains Road, 7.7 kms from the Rocky Valley storage dam wall. In the 1930's its woolly butt roof shingles were replaced by the SEC when it was taken over as a workers' hut. Wallace Hut is today the perfect spot for a picnic amongst the snowgums and is used today as an emergency shelter for hikers. Overnight stays are discourgaged, unless it is an emergency.
Cope Hut - Alpine National Park
Length 0.5kms, approx 15mins return. The track to Cope Hut commences at a car park 5kms from Falls Creek along the Bogong High Plains Road. Cope Hut was built by the Ski Club of Victoria in 1929 after the state experienced a surge in skiing in the 1920s. The hut was called “The Menzies of the High Plains” by early skiers and walkers because of its size and comfort.
Spargo's Hut via Mt Loch & Derrick Hut
Length: 11kms return. This moderate trail starts at the Mt Loch Car park, north of Mount Hotham Village. Following the Australian Alps Walking Track along the ridge provides impressive views of Mount Hotham, Mt Feathertop and the High Plains. Derrick Hut was built as a memorial to Charles Derrick. Continue on to see Spargo’s Hut, originally built in 1930's by Bill Spargo for his gold prospecting activities in the area. This hut is listed on the state heritage register for its historical significance.
Fitzgerald Hut and Kelly Hut - Alpine National Park
Length: 10kms, approx 4hrs return. The start of this moderate walk is the same as that for Mt Nelse, (which is the Big River Fire track 2kms past the Rocky Valley dam wall). Leaving the grassy snow plains, the track drops gently past several magnificent old snow gums to Kelly Hut and the nearby picturesque Fitzgerald Hut. The original hut was one of the oldest and most appealing of the cattlemen’s huts in the park.
Tawonga Huts - Alpine National Park
Length: 8kms, approx 3.5hrs return. Start this moderate trail by following the Fainter Fire Track from Pretty Valley pondage. Just before the huts a diversion to the South takes you to a small saddle where magnificent views can bee seen towards Mount Hotham, Mt Feathertop and into the West Kiewa River Valley. The cattlemen’s huts known as the Tawonga Huts nestle in a small snow plain below rocky outcrops.
Dibbins Hut - Alpine National Park
Length: 18kms, 4hrs return. As the original Dibbins Hut, built in 1920, was beyond repair, a new hut was built on the same site in 1987 using similar log construction and design. Standing on a snow plain beside the Cobungra River it makes a pleasant destination for a day walk or an overnight hike. Start this moderate trail by following the pole line on the Australian Alps Walking Track from the water recycling pond Mt Hotham (Pole 0). Follow the pole line past Derrick Hut and down Swindlers Spur to the hut near pole 187.
JB Plain Hut
JB Plain Hut is in a sheltered snowgrass plain with a small walk-in bush camping site nestled under Snow gums. 'JB' was Jim Brown, one of the two stockmen who were reputedly the first non-Aboriginal people to venture onto the Bogong High Plains in 1851. Old cattleyards, made from the timber of fallen Snow gums, are an indication of the long history of summer cattle grazing in the area.
Derrick Hut - Alpine National Park
Length: 9kms return, 3hrs return. Commence the moderate trail by following the Australian Alps Walking Track pole line from the water recycling pond at Mt Hotham Loch Carpark to pole 94 and Derrick Hut. Charlie Derrick was a cross country skier who died in a blizzard while attempting to ski from Mt Bogong to Mt Hotham. Derrick Hut, set amongst snowgum woodlands was built as a day shelter for cross country skiers and walkers. It is not for overnight accommodation.
Roper Hut (Ruins)
The start of this walk is the same as that for Mt Nelse. After climbing the Big River Fire Track beside Watchbed Creek, follow the AAWT past the signposted turnoffs to Edmondson Hut and Johnston Hut and the exposed rounded summits of Mt Nelse and Mt Nelse North. Continue on across the huge expanses of rolling high plains with panoramic views west to Mt Buffalo and north across the steep slopes of the Big River Valley to Mt Bogong. 10 km from the Bogong High Plains Road, Roper Hut ruins are reached nestled on the edge of the high plains among old gnarled Snow Gums. A pole line leads from the AAWT to a lovely grassy area, perfect for camping or picnics.