Craig’s Hut, Alpine National Park, Victoria, Australia


Craig’s Hut is located on Clear Hills near Mt.Stirling in the Alpine National Park in Victoria, and was built especially for the film “The Man from Snowy River in 1981. It was called Craig’s after the lead actor, Jim Craig (played by Tom Burlinson) and re-used in the sequel. On 11 December 2006 the Craig’s Hut was burnt down by wild fire. Hut has now been rebuilt by volunteers under the guidance of builder Craig Ogier. However Craig Ogier was criticized because the new hut was built with slightly different design from the original one.

GPS: 37.1086°S 146.5325°E

If you want to get there then have a look at this guide: Circuit Road – Mt.Stirling. This is probably the best driving guide on that region. Travel from Mansfield along the Mt.Buller Rd towards Mt.Buller. Turn left at the Stirling Rd which begins at the toll gate at Mirimbah. This leads to the Telephone Box Junction – entrance to the Circuit Road. The entrance to the Circuit Road via Stirling Rd is approximately 32 km from Mansfield. Drive along the Circuit Road for about 20 km and then turn right to the Clear Hills Track. The Circuit Road is suitable for 2WD cars but the Clear Hills Track is 4WD track. It’s only 1.2 km long so you can walk to the Craig’s Hut if you do not want to drive on Clear Hills Track. The Circuit Road is closed during snow season – first weekend of June till beginning of November.

And many thanks to Matt Lauder for letting everyone know that the hut was recently rebuilt. There is only one problem with that place – it’s really hard to find a new composition for shooting Craig’s Hut. I’ve found that this hut was already photographed from all best spots.

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  • Matt Lauder - May 26, 2009 - 4:20 pm

    Happy to help… I had been waiting for it to be rebuilt myself. Nice angle, looks like the snow is still holding off. I think in snow this will be a special place with the right light.

  • Ilya Genkin - May 26, 2009 - 6:57 pm

    There was no snow at all – warm and dry. Much warmer than the week before at falls Creek. With very late (?) snow season this year there is no reason to close all these roads on 5th of June. But… I saw a couple of winter shots of this hut at sunset and sunrise – very, very nice. But if the roads will be closed it will be quite difficult to get there – 20km in snow with heavy backpack it’s not an easy weekend walk. On other side the Wallace’s Hut will be much more easily accessible by foot in winter – only 8km along good road.

  • Tom Parkes - May 27, 2009 - 11:58 pm

    It’s been up for a while, I think that horizontal light is what is needed to make it really stand out, I still think the footage from the movie gives the best compositions.
    Ken Duncans composition is not bad, I have seen the movie so many times I believe a bit further back up on the hill making the hut look smaller is best. I must get up there one day.

    The hut is actually in the Mansfield State Forest and not National Park. It was reopened in January 2008, some say it cost $300,000 to rebuild, but hte builder denied that.

  • […] Another photo of the Craig’s Hut that located in the Mansfield State Forest on Mt Stirling. If you want to know more about this place and how to get there please check my first post about Craig’s Hut. […]

  • Kim - August 17, 2010 - 10:45 am

    ..just wanted to say a quick “thank you” for this detailed information and map/GPS. I’ve wanted to visit Craig’s Hut for as long as I can remember. Haven’t done so yet, but plans are definately in the works! :)

  • Mark Marbani - August 26, 2010 - 1:48 pm

    Is the site accessable by 4WD.? has anyone driven to the hut?

  • Ilya Genkin - August 27, 2010 - 8:35 pm

    Hi Mark,
    the Circuit Road is suitable for 2WD cars but the Clear Hills Track is 4WD track. It’s only 1.2 km long so you can walk to the Craig’s Hut if you do not want to drive on Clear Hills Track. And, yes, you can drive to the hut on 4WD.

  • Stefan Redford - June 8, 2011 - 8:30 am

    Great info. Just wondering if there is any way of getting to the hut during the snow season. Wife and I have been during the summer and want to return during winter.

  • Ilya Genkin - June 8, 2011 - 8:35 am

    Hi Stefan, truly speaking I don’t know. I suspect that during snow season it’s accessible only by foot. I’ll try to find more info.

  • eddie lethborg - October 2, 2011 - 10:26 am

    hi i was just wondering if people can go there for weekends and stay in this magnificent hut i have been there once but many years ago


  • Ilya Genkin - October 2, 2011 - 12:38 pm

    Hi Eddie, as far as I understand this hut is for emergency shelter only. But there are places to put a tent outside of the fenced area.

  • bruce mciver - March 12, 2012 - 8:46 am

    we are comming down to the area just after easter, we have a small dog are we able to visit craigs hut with a dog or are they banned from the park and do we need day pass`s to gain entry to see the hut

  • Ilya Genkin - March 12, 2012 - 10:41 am

    Hi Bruce,
    Truly speaking I’m not really sure about dogs and fees as it was a while ago. If there a fee you can pay right there, but I cannot recall any fee collecting boxes there.

  • Lee Duguid - June 12, 2012 - 12:42 pm

    Hi Bruce/Ilya,
    I’ve just visited the hut this weekend and there were several people there with dogs. There are no fee’s but access is a bit limited at this time of year. We had to take a long route with some nice off road action. Unfortunately no snow but still some nice light and photos.

    The best way to access this place in the snow season would be to snow shoe in or if you have the cash get a helicopter. It shouldn’t cost too much as they run from the nearby ski fields.


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