Craig’s Hut Discovery Hike

Craig’s Hut 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.

Craig’s Hut is one of Victoria’s most iconic places to visit.

Approximately 3.6km return (moderate)                                                                                                                            Time on track – approximately 1 hour 15 minutes plus time at Craig’s Hut plus approximately 1 hour 30 minutes driving

Meet at Telephone Box Junction 30 minutes prior to 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.

We will run through a briefing session, approximately 15 minutes.                                                                                  All tours must depart on time, so please make sure that you arrive early enough for the briefing session.

After the briefing session, our Base Camp Manager will drive us through a beautiful Alpine Ash forest, with occasional views of Mt Cobbler, to the start of the hiking track. This is where we’ll pick up a narrow track that winds up to Craig’s Hut through Alpine Ash that gradually change to the mysterious looking Snow Gums. There are some short steep sections along this track that give you a little cardio workout, but nothing too strenuous and the stops along the way to enjoy the views provide an opportunity to catch your breath.  It doesn’t take long to reach Craig’s Hut where you will have free time to discover this wonderful icon.                                                    You will have approximately half an hour to explore Craig’s Hut and it’s surrounds, plenty of time to take it all in and snap few memorable pics. After that, we will retrace our steps back down the track, but this time our Base Camp Manager will be waiting for us only about 600m down the hill. Once comfortably nestled in the car, we will make our way back to Telephone Box Junction via Howqua Gap, completing the full Circuit Road circle.

The entire drive is on an unsealed road with short section on a 4 wheel drive only track.

This tour is suitable for families with children as young as 6 years old.

Elevation at highest point: approx. 1480m ASL                                                                                                                Total ascent: approx. 170m                                                                                                                                                 Total descent: approx. 90m

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What to bring

  • Day pack – 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
  • Snacks
  • Toilet paper
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Face mask

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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Prices                                                                                                                                                                                       Adults – per person: $140.00 plus GST                                                                                                                              Child – under 18 years of age: $90.00 plus GST                                                                                                            Family (2 adults, 2 children under 18 years): $415.00 plus GST

Minimum group of 2 participants                                                                                                                                Maximum group of 6 participants

Water                                                                                                                                                                                     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                                                                                                                                                                                  Toilets are available at the following locations.

  • Telephone Box Junction
  • Start of the hiking track on Circuit Road
  • Craig’s Hut
  • Howqua Gap
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