KOSCIUSZKO HUTS ASSOCIATION

Located at various points in Tasmania, such as High Moor, Western Arthur Range

Brief History

This hut was used as temporary accommodation and storage to support track making crews, and was air lifted by helicopter into various sites in the South West National Park where access is difficult, such as in the Western Arthur Range at High Moor and on the Iron Bound Range on the South Coast. In the 1970's there was no track in the Western Arthurs, and bushwalkers had to navigate their own route, at times pushing through prickly patches of Scoparia.

By the 1980s, a foot pad ran the full length of the range, but in places, was very muddy. A Scottish trackbuilder was contracted to demonstrate a technique called 'stone pitching', which resulted in very durable rock paths. It was built from flat stones, inserted in the earth side on and deep, revealing only the small edge face on which people walk. Tent platforms were also added to reduce the impact from walking and camping on the slow-growing alpine vegetation.

Construction

Built like a pre-fabricated caravan, using ripple alloy for the walls. Contains two bunks, a table, sink and storage cupboard.

References

  • David Sisson - pers comms.
  • Jim Moon - pers comms.
  • Geoff Fenton - further information.

Profile last updated 18th August 2013.