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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.

...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

The Australian Alpine Club have posted some interesting heritage articles on their website including:

Two Tin Huts & a Heroic Snowy Mountain Crossing [takes you to the AAC's webpage]

These mention articles for the Australian Ski Yearbook which KHA has in it's collection.

You can peruse them at the following links:

Australian Ski Yearbook Articles

Australian Ski Yearbook - ACT, Victoria and Tasmanian Articles

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.




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.

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.

csiro 2 omoon 08102004

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

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. 

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.






A  special introduction-to-KHA day will be held at the Namadgi Visitor Centre at 9am, Saturday 4 November aimed at new members and those interested in joining KHA.

KHA has planned an event to introduce you to our organisation, some of our people, some of the huts and describe some of KHA’s activities. Morning tea and Lunch will be  provided.

After lunch we will take you on a field trip to visit some of the more interesting huts and sites in Namadgi National Park.

Our committee is keen to welcome you to find out about our successful organisation which is in its 45th year and warmly invite you to come along on 4 November.

Saturday 4 November: arrive Namadgi Visitor Centre for a cuppa at 9.00am followed by a session in Visitor Centre theatre on the origins of KHA, our relationships with NPWS and Parks ACT, and our activities

Lunch at noon provided by KHA

An afternoon field trip 1.00-4.00pm, visiting huts and sites along the old Bobeyan road with historical comments from Graham Scully on the Gudgenby prefab cottage, Foresters hut, Hospital creek hut, Frank and Jacks hut and Lutons crutching shed to view recent works and  hear from their caretakers.

Other places to be visited are the ruins of the Bobeyan homestead and other sites (graves, well, 1860’s hut foundations, orchard, dairy) and cairn marking the death of David Brayshaw in 1932.


Please RSVP to Graham This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. phone 02 6230-3352, so that we can organise catering and printed handouts.

Hoping to see you there!

Bob Salijevic
KHA President