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Year Built: 1935
Alternate Name(s): Pretty Plain No.1, Chisholms
Condition: Good
HMO: Jagungal

Pretty Plain Hut

Pretty Plain Hut is located West of Jagungal and to the east of the Dargal Mountains.

It was burnt to the ground by the bushfires in January 2003. Over Christmas 2009 and into 2010, the hut was rebuilt on-site after pre-fabrication.

Brief History

The hut was built by Captain Chisholm of Khancoban, east of an older hut site, now known as Pretty Plain No.2 The hut was used extensively from 1940 to 1982 for commercial ski tours.

The first vehicles to cross the alps were Willy's Jeeps, driven by Tom and Elyne Mitchell, who passed by the hut on the way from Bradneys Gap to Pretty Plain, Mawsons and then the Chalet. The story of this trip was written up in the log book by Olaf Moon and John Mitchell (Elyne's son) in 1976 and was requoted many times, sometimes with strong criticism! The photograph above was taken that year.

The ruin to the south was the stable, used for horse trekking fom 1960 - 1970 by Ted Winter (who passed away at the age of 100 in 2009).

A rotted wall log on the north side was replaced in the 1990's. The Royal Australian Airforce assisted by hauling in a log via helicopter.

Pugilistic Hut stands just to the north, but is now a ruin following the 2003 bushfires.


Pretty Plain was a substantial hut and one of only a few built as a log cabin. The fire place was so large, that you can stand inside it without getting burnt!

The hut was 8m by 6m with three rooms. The floor is made of wood slabs and the roof of corrugated iron. The walls are horizontal interlocking logs, similar to Vickerys. There are three windows.


Pretty Plain is valued by many for its excellent shelter in an otherwise remote area of KNP. Being in a frost hollow, it can be very cold in winter.


Also see Eulogy to Des Healy 

Current Photos

The Original Homestead

1990's Replacing log

2009-2010 Rebuilding


  • Hueneke Pp xiv, 42, 144, 154, 156-163.
  • KHA Study exists, along with notes and a full history.
  • The KNP POM Schedule is L21.

GPS Location  View on Map

Last updated 24 November 2020