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Year Built: 1943
Alternate Name(s): Old Stokes
Condition: Good
HMO: Tantangara

Kells Hut

Kells is a delightful hut, located at Emu Flat, off the Goobarragandarra Valley, in the far north of the KNP.

It can be accessed either from the Tumut side, or off the Brindabella Road, and down Barnetts Road and Boundary Road. The walk or drive to the hut is down a very steep hill, and requires a good vehicle or strong knees!

Brief History

This hut was built by Wally Kell and Jack Venables in 1943. It was used all year round by the Kell family.

The Emu Flat area had seen a number of previous huts, usually built for mining, rather than grazing, as this hut was. Those huts are no longer visible, but the wide range of fruit trees in the valley indicate possible locations.

The Park resumed the area in 1973.


The hut is about 4m square, and is notable for both horizantal and vertical slabs, currently with breezy gaps between them. There is a wooden floor in good condition, and the chimney is iron above a footing of stones. There is a single window.

The hut received considerable renovation in the late 1990's, and currently contains some useful furniture.


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 Kells Hut site photo copyright Olaf Moon  Kells Hut exterior horizonal slabs photo Olaf Moon   Kells Hut interior photo copyright Olaf Moon

Latest update 28 November 2020