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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.

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.






Book Cover Matthew Higgins Bold HorizonsMatthew Higgins’ latest non-fiction book Bold Horizon: High-country, Place, People and Story, will be launched at the National Library of Australia, Canberra, on 11 April by Max Bourke AM, a founding committee member of KHA, inaugural Director of the Australian Heritage Commission and someone who has walked and skied in the Snowies for 50 years.

KHA members will be very welcome at the launch.

Bookings are essential and can be made once the event is listed on the NLA’s website, booking either via the website (nla.gov.au/bookings) or by phone on 02 6262 1424.

The book is being published by Rosenberg Publishing of Sydney and will be available broadly through good bookshops following the launch.






...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

From Artur Baumhammer - the son of one of the builders.

When I perused the album “HISTORIC HUTS AND HOMESTEADS OF KOSCIUSZKO NATIONAL PARK” and came to pages 98 & 99, it certainly brought back many memories. My late father Willi Baumhammer and his two (2) offsiders were responsible for the erection and construction of the COOTAPATAMBA Hut and Gauging Station.

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.




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The purpose of our recent visit to the hut was to complete a visual inspection of the hut and to carry out a general tidy up in and around the hut.

I can report that the hut is obviously well cared for by visitors and that there was very little build up of tree fall around the building.

Of concern is the water which is entering the ceiling space above the front door.The stain is obvious but what is of real concern is the damage being done to the ceiling.

This is starting to sag and will in time cause a panel to drop.It is our intention to return in spring and fill the gap in the flashing ,which most likely, is to blame.

Not many people visit this hut but those that do express their appreciation for this little hut in the woods.



Caretaker, CSIRO Hut, Gungarlin Valley

Have you thought about caretaking but don’t know where to start?

In recent months there has been a lot of interest from members wanting to become caretakers. Many like the idea of caretaking but are uncertain about what is involved and whether or not they have the skills and time to take on the job. Consequently whilst keen, they are also hesitant.

Charlie Carter, Hermit, Healer and High Country Legend. 149pp Published by Tabletop Press 2017

The author takes you for a walk in the high country, while he researches the life of one man who lived rough in one of the wildest parts between Crackenback, Upper Murray and Snowy Rivers. Charlie Carter, a miner, brumby runner, hut-builder, philosopher and recluse, born in Victoria, built his first hut of corrugated iron and flattened tins on the Ingeegoodbee. Requiring few material possesions, he survived in rugged mountain countyr existing on dingo and rabbit trapping, but still found time to publish papers on his various beliefs (featured in the appendix to the book)

Living ultimately in Tin Mine Huts, where his lifeless body was found in 1952 in the mines storehouse, his body's retreival becomes a story in itself. Klaus has made use of his rich load of oral histories collected over the years, and includes interesting journal entries of Jack Ray and Herb Hain from a 1949 brumby running expedition in Carter's coutry. As Herb said, speaking of Charlie, "Not many people were ever lost in the bush with Charlie. He was a good bushman."

The author completes his story with a detailed account of the reconstruction of Carter's Tin Mine Huts which were in bad repair by the 1980's. The Illawarra Alpine Club began work in 1982, and with the help of KHA, continued over the years. An amazing effort. Today Carter's Huts stand proud, offering a safe refuge for anyone caught out in wild weather, thanks to these KHA workers.

Klaus has illustrated his book with many interesting photos which high country hikers will recognise. Charlie Carter's reclusive life and his huts have been a story worth telling.

Reviewed by Rosemary Curry.


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.


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