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The ACT Government is to rebuild a slab hut on a property near the Hume industrial area in the ACT.

The property also has a small cottage on it, which will be available for community associations like KHA.

KHA is continuing discussions with the ACT government regarding the use of this facility. KHA will be involved in the construction.

Photo of Lake Claire or Russell TarnLake Claire (or Russell Tarn), mentioned in an article on Wragge's Observatory, is located between Mounts Townsend and Alice Rawson on the main range.

It is claimed to be the highest lake in Australia. More a swamp no doubt to the 10 year drought in the early 2000's

KHA's indefatigable Craig Doubleday, travelled there on behalf of fellow ski.com.au Backcountry Forum readers to take this photo.

Photo: Craig Doubleday 2007


Chimney and Fireplace Reconstruction Completed at Grey Mare Hut.

Photo of Grey Mare hut chimneyCraig Smith NPWS Ranger.

Three years ago KHA affiliated caretakers of the historic Grey Mare Hut, Brindabella Ski Club, initiated a work proposal for the replacement of the burnt out chimney frame and repairs to the stone fireplace that would improve the smoke draw.


NPWS Kosciuszko National Park Ranger Craig Smith from the Upper Murray Area arranged a replacement chimney frame to be constructed from steel and a modified reconstruction of the fireplace. This was consistent with the 1992 Grey Mare Hut Conservation Study which had indicated future use of steel modifications in non exposed locations and cement based mortars for stonework to prolong the life of the building and reduce on going maintenance requirements. The more recent KNP Huts Conservation Strategy includes options to modify existing fireplaces to manage the risk of internal fires. This approach was also taken as part of the Patons, OKeefes and Pretty Plain Hut rebuilds.

The replacement frame was constructed at the NPWS workshops in two parts to enable transport to what is one of the remoter hut locations within the Jagungal Wilderness. Matt Toms, NPWS field officer based in Khancoban, undertook the multiple long rough hauls to locate the frame sections, welding equipment, replacement iron, and materials for the fireplace construction. Matt, who is also a qualified builder, completed the positioning and cladding of the new chimney.

Construction of the fireplace was done by NPWS carpenter and stonemason, Garry McDougall, who has  a long time interest in the mountain huts and was involved in many of the post 2003 fire hut rebuilds. Ranger Craig Smith remained on site as labourer for the tradesmen and to document the works.

Members of the Brindabella Ski Club, David Featherston, Charles Featherston, Pipa Featherston, Paul and Ade Bradley camped at the site for two days and were able to sort and shape stone for Garry and facilitate the lifting of the frame sections.

The wet summer, which included some heavy rain periods across the Grey Mare Range, necessitated multiple overnight trips to the site. The new fireplace reflected its first flames on February 11th.

More photos are at the NPWS Flickr site


The website has recently been updated to include a gallery of all the photos we have for each hut. 

Exploring the Jagungal Wilderness Cover

photo of book exploring jagungal wilderness by Robert Green
Robert Green has painstakingly researched the Jagungal Area, and released his book in hardcopy and as an e-book.






Photo of Four Mile hut in snow 1990

A member of the public lost a hearing aid in 4 Mile Hut recently, keep an eye out for it if you visit soon.

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...his next book

DISCOVERING KNP to be available soon!

What’s it about?

  • Early discoverers, Hume & Hovell 1824—
  • Early Graziers—heavy snow, loss of stock
  • Loss of life—body down mine shaft—unhappy coroner
  • Drover dies in snow storm—body shares bedroom
  • Kiandra Gold Rush—Brandy Mary’s enterprise and many more fascinating chapters.

150 A4 pages, over 150 pics, maps etc some full page,

includes several joint efforts between Harry and Phil Ryan, recognised landscape artist (his recent work sold at up to $7,000)

For availability and cost ring:

Harry (02) 6947-9962 after 6.00pm

tin hut new stove MZ 20140831

Last year, 2013, KHA purchased a replacement pot bellied stove for Tin Hut, the old one had well and truly had it after many decades of service.

NPWS kindly flew the new one in and installed it for us.

 Recently Martin enjoyed the new stove's hospitality and kindly send in a couple of photos so we could all share the warmth!

Thank you Martin.

botanical drawing of the hemlock poisonous plant

The Blue Waterholes on the head of the Goodradigbee River, is one of my favourite spots in KNP. I've visited it at least 20 times to camp, fish, explore and especially to walk down the limestone gorge, criss-crossing the water course to have lunch at the waterfall. On one visit I found that a Park Ranger had collected a group of about ten visitors to lead them on a conducted walk. I knew the ranger and she asked me to join the group - we could both give the commentary.




Book Cover
Pauline Downing has produced a sister publication to her "Historic Huts and Homesteads of the Namadgi National Park" for Kosciuszko Park.

Retail price is now $23.00 incl. postage. The book is 200 pp b/w with over 300 photographs and paintings.

Both publications can be purchased from Pauline at:

Pauline Downing

PO Box 525 CAMDEN NSW 2570 or

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(02) 4655-3622