Craig’s Hut Discovery Hike
family hiking adventures to iconic places
Craig’s Hut Discovery Hike – half a day
Craig’s Hut is one of Victoria’s most iconic places and a must to see for anyone visiting the Victorian High Country.
It was a movie set built especially for the film The Man from Snowy River in 1982 and was named after the family that lived there. The lead actor, Jim Craig was played by Tom Burlinson. The hut standing today is the 4th version. Version 3 burnt down by wild fire on 11 December 2006 and the hut was again rebuilt in 2007. The original hut was a movie set only and had no floor. It has been replaced with a more robust version as it became popular with visitors.
Total distance: approximately 3.6km return
Difficulty: Grade 3 (moderate)
Time on tour – approximately 4 hours (hiking approx. 1 hr 15 min, at Craig’s Hut approx. 1 hr, drive approx. 1 hr 30 min)
This tour is suitable for families with children as young as 6 years old.
Meet your guide and base camp manager at Telephone Box Junction (TBJ) at 8:30 am, 30 minutes prior to the start of the tour.
Telephone Box Junction is accessible by a 2WD vehicle and there is plenty of parking. The road is unsealed, but well graded and easy to travel on. Care should be taken on mountain roads at all times.
Your guide will run you through a briefing session and they will check that you have suitable clothing for your hiking adventure.
All tours must depart on time, at 9:00am, so please make sure that you arrive early enough for the briefing session. Your late arrival will impact on the tour and other participants and we might have to proceed without you.
After the formalities, our base camp manager will drive you to the start of the hiking track, through a beautiful Alpine Ash forest with occasional views of Mt Cobbler. The hiking track is well maintained. It winds its way up towards Craig’s Hut through a forest of towering trees that gradually change to beautiful Snow Gums. Along the track, you will encounter a couple of short steep sections that will give you a little cardio workout, but nothing too strenuous. Regular stops along the way provide an opportunity to take in your surroundings and to enjoy the views.
Upon reaching Craig’s Hut you will have free time to explore this wonderful icon and to snap a few memorable pics. Grab a cup of coffee, tea or juice and a yummy pastry, sit back, relax and soak up the views.
About an hour later, you will retrace your steps back down the track where our base camp manager will be waiting to transport you back to TBJ via Howqua Gap, completing the full Circuit Road circle. Along the way you will enjoy more breathtaking views of the Victorian High Country.
The entire drive is on an unsealed road.
Elevation at highest point: approx. 1450m ASL
Total ascent: approx. 170m
Total descent: approx. 170m
- An experienced guide for the duration of the tour
- Transfers between Telephone Box Junction and the hiking track
- Walking poles and gaiters
- Tea, coffee, juice and a pastry
What to bring
- Day pack including wet weather cover – one or two, depending on the size of your group and your needs
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Appropriate comfortable clothing
- Sun hat – on sunny days
- Personal First Aid Kit – mainly band aids, blister band aids and personal medication
- Water – sufficient amount for the entire hike
- Toilet paper
- Hand sanitiser
Tour does not include
- Meals, snacks, drinks
- Personal items and clothing
- Travel/medical insurance, ambulance cover
- Child safety seats (please bring your own if your child requires one)
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Adults – per person: $225.50 including GST
Child – under 18 years of age: $148.50 including GST
Family (2 adults, 2 children under 18 years): $682.00 including GST
Minimum 2 participants
Maximum 6 participants
There is no drinking water available along this track. We recommend that you bring sufficient amount of water for the entire hike.
You can purchase water and other drinks at the Mt Stirling Café when it’s open. However, please note that the café is not open every day. Refer to the Mt Stirling website for opening hours.
If you need to collect water along the track from any source, it must be purified.
Toilets are available at the following locations.
- Telephone Box Junction
- Start of the hiking track on Circuit Road
- Craig’s Hut
- Howqua Gap