Craigs Hut in the VIC High Country Near Mt Buller
We have been up to Craigs Hut. We were camping at Lake Eildon for the NYE weekend with a big bunch of friends and last time they had all camped there I noticed a Facebook post by Kev and Deb Smith where they went up to Craigs Hut for a day trip back in November and I thought it was something we’d like to do.
We went up with our friends Simon and Tracy Kelly and it was a magnificent day out. The views from not just the hut but everywhere else up there are incredible. You can see for miles, literally from one mountain top to another. The roads are very easy to get along if you stick to the main ones. Next time we visit up there I would like to have a crack at one or two of the more difficult tracks.
It was a really good experience and I highly recommend that if you have the chance to give it a go that you do.
About Craigs Hut
Craigs Hut is a replica of a high country cattlemen’s hut. It is located on Mt Stirling about 51 kilometres from Mansfield. Craigs’ Hut was originally built for The Man from Snowy River film made in 1981–82. Craig’s Hut was burnt down by major bushfires in 2006. It was rebuilt and opened back up in January 2008.
How to Get to Circuit Road
Head towards Mansfield along the Mt Buller Road towards Mt Buller. Take a left at the Mount Stirling Road which commences at the toll gate at Mirimbah and this takes you to Circuit Road. The toll gate at Mirimbah only operates during the snow season. There is no charge for access outside the snow season. Mansfield to Mirimbah is about 30ks. The Circuit Road complete round trip starting and finishing at Mirimbah is about 80 kilometres if you do the 10k return Bindaree Falls detour.
Circuit Road is ok for 2WDs however it does have some corrugated rough sections. Circuit Road and many of the tracks in this area are subject to seasonal road closures. Those in State Forest and National Park are closed to vehicles from about the Thursday after the Queens Birthday long weekend in June until the Thursday before the Melbourne Cup weekend in November. Contact Mt Buller and Mt Stirling Alpine Resort Management Board on 03 5777 6077 to check the status of closures within resort.
How to Get From Circuit Road to Craig’s Hut
Access to Craig’s Hut is 18 kilometres from TBJ along Circuit Road. A 4WD track accesses the hut from Circuit Road. The road up is very steep and you’ll need a 4wd with low range and good ground clearance to get up and down it. It’s easy if you just take your time. Also make sure to keep an eye out for others coming up and down the track as it’s very narrow with limited passing spots. If you can’t get up the track don’t worry you can walk up from the bottom. It’s only a couple of kilometres although quite steep.