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When you arrive

Mt Faulkner Venturers ... soon after arriving during a June hailstorm. They left Hobart after school, stopped for a meal in Queenstown , arrived at the hut at 11.30 pm.

Park cars at the designated car park on the approach side of the creek. A few metres upstream, there is a log bridge over the creek, with a short track to it from the car park.

Please DO NOT attempt to drive up the road as you simply churn it up for walkers, many of whom are small children.

The walk up to the hut normally takes one to two hours. The track is steep and slippery, especially where there is old cording. Take care, it’s a long way out with a sprained ankle, or worse.

There are sign posts along the way, some naming features or rest stops, others with directions. On reaching the top of the hill, named “Chocolate Stop”, you will follow a relatively level section of track, known as “The Saddle”, before dropping down to Great Northern Creek. Here you will see the remnants of Wallace’s Tram, which you follow to the hut, passing over another, lower, saddle between Great Northern and Fraser creeks.

On this last stretch, you will come across piles of cut firewood. Pick up a couple of pieces and carry them with you to the hut. Remember where the piles are and take every opportunity during your stay to  go back  for more.

You may notice that maps user Frazer  rather than Fraser. There is a high degree of certainty that this is incorrect. Dr and Mrs Fraser feature significantly in the history of the area.

On arrival, hang wet coats and gaiters in the porch. Try to keep inside the hut as dry, clean and tidy as possible, to ensure comfort for everyone.

Check out all drawers, cupboards upon arrival so that you are aware of where things are.

Put all food , not in secure containers, into the yellow steel Venturer box or the Esky, otherwise your hosts, the resident long tailed mice and swamp rats, will drive you nuts during the night as they chew into plastic etc.  It is advisable to wash all utensils before use.

The big issue - fire and firewood

To get your first fire going, use the firelighters and newspaper that you’ve carried in, dry kindling and four pieces of dry wood.  Immediately split and stand wet wood on end around the fire to dry. Use this to feed your fire and always replace with more to dry—ad infinitum.

Build up a good bed of coals before cooking. Before retiring, when the fire has burned down a little, in addition to the wood drying round the fire, stack split kindling on the pot hangers so that it dries overnight as the fire burns down.  Similarly, be sure to have wood drying round the fire when you go out on a walk . Also, a good time to put a large back log behind the fire.

Make sure you dry more than you will use so that you can leave some for the next visitors to light their first fire.

Dry kindling should be stored in the roof space of the wood shed, or in the box seat on the left side of the fireplace. Larger pieces of dry wood should be stored under the bunk. Please re-stock kindling and firewood that you have used during your stay, and make sure it’s dry or it’ll dampen what’s already there. Newspaper needs to be sealed in plastic bags to avoid it absorbing moisture.

Don’t burn plastic, foil, tins etc. in the fire.  Clean ash is readily disposable, but not when contaminated.

The porch is for changing wet clothing and hanging jackets, not for wood.

The hut is in a very wet rainforest. You are not going to find dry firewood. You have to make it!

Working parties usually manage to cut and gather small logs for firewood within carrying distance of the hut. This is stacked ready to carry.  It is up to hut users to do the carrying.

In summer, it’s possible to go without a fire, or to collect from far and wide, avoiding the use of wood that’s drying for winter use.

To manage the wood during a busy winter takes co-operation from all users.

A happy camper!

A brightly burning fire is able to dry the next lot of wood stood on end around the fire

Neighbours On Godkin Ridge

Spotted-tail Quoll
Dasyurus maculatus

Feral Cat

Tasmanian Devil
Sarcophilus
harrisii