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Visiting in Winter is the best time. The waterfalls are thumping, forest trees and ferns are lush and dripping, and a good fire is fantastic.

Do not cut down live trees without prior agreement. There might appear to be random clearing but there is a method to the madness, mainly promoting the success of the next generation of King Billys by carefully clearing around them to allow more space and sunlight. Old photos clearly show how successful this has been.

There is a map on the wall behind the door which shows  the tracks to Moores Pimple, Fraser Falls,
and Montezuma Falls. There’s also an A3 copy to take on walks. It’s about a four hours return walk
to Moores Pimple. Seven hours return walk to Montezuma Falls and Fraser Falls  
 ... study the map behind the door carefully.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things to do and places to go

There are carpentry tools, nails etc which are not to be used unless you have specific instructions to repair something.  You may be given tasks if you are a regular visitor   and have the requisite skills. 

Be sure to make an entry in the current log book.

Please use any spare time to carry some replacement wood from the pile down the track . If you don’t have spare time … make some!   Place the wood on the pile opposite the porch doorway, not  in the woodshed on top of drier wood!

The area was logged heavily using horses in the 1920’s and 30's. You come across stumps in amazing places. Many trees were too big, too gnarled or on slopes so they were left. Keep a good lookout, there are some great King Billy trees ... one on the track in, in the saddle at the first King Billy track cording, just before where you duck under a fallen tree. Another example is just off to the right of the Link Track, at the high point, on the way across to  the Moore’s Pimple Track. Another on the Base Line, not far past the Centre of the Universe.

There are many old mines in the area dating from the 1880s. The more interesting ones and easier to access are the Curtin Davis mines. Most of these contain shafts, some full of water. Extreme care must be taken.

The best mine to go into is about an hour from the hut ... marked on the map as Harriet's Mine on Godkin Ridge, though its true name is Curtin Davis Extended. This is a nice walk. From the hut, go across the mill foundations bridging the creek, up the mine dump and between the two mines. This brings you to Line Eleven, to Baseline then to ‘Centre of the Universe’. Turn left up the Godkin Ridge Track past the Lumber yard to the Caravan site. Go along Godkin Ridge towards Montezuma Falls until you drop down and come out at the Curtin Davis mines . Go across the mine dump to the trees and you will find a track / rope taking you up to a dry mine. You need torches to go inside. Carefully edge past the shaft. Look for cave spiders, crickets and the copper stain on the walls.

Greens Prospect is another mine with the insects and without the shaft.

There are glow worms close to the hut and cave spiders and crickets in many of the old mines.  There’s a good show of glow worms in the top mine opposite the hut above the mine dump.

The hut is often used on Holidays or special occasions.

Long tailed mice  (wholly protected endemic species) and Swamp rats (again native but not endemic to Tasmania) live in the hut  … it's cosier than under a log in the rainforest! There‘s a jar of muesli in the yellow Venturer box ... put a small handful on the floor next to the sink each evening before bed.

Tasmanian Long Tailed Mouse Pseudomys higginsi 

Carnivorous
Dusky Marsupial Mouse
Antechnicus swainsonii

Swamp Rat (velvet-furred) Rattus lutreolus

Centre of the Universe

Photo opportunity