Caring for huts and respecting heritage

Caring for huts

Huts are for temporary shelter only

  • Enjoy visiting the huts, but do not use them for overnight accommodation as their cultural values can easily be destroyed. In Victoria some huts are not available for public use.
  • Leave the hut as you would like to find it. If you must use the fireplace, check the fire is out, and close the door and windows securely.
  • Don’t leave emergency food stores in the hut, they clutter up the hut and encourage rats.

Keep fires small and within existing fireplaces

  • If you must have a fire, never leave it unattended and ensure it is out before leaving. If you need to light a fire to keep warm, make sure you keep it small and within an existing fireplace.

Leave the hut clean and secure

  • Check the fire is out, restock dry firewood and close the door and windows securely.
  • Don’t leave emergency food stores in the hut, they clutter up the hut and encourage rats.
  • Pack to minimise rubbish, don’t take potential rubbish such as bottles, cans and excess packaging.
  • Don’t bury any rubbish. It is often dug out by native animals and may harm them.

Respect heritage

Heritage places are a link to memories of people and the past

Within the Australian Alps there are many sites, places and landscapes with Aboriginal and historic cultural heritage value.

These may be Aboriginal rock paintings, scar trees, artefact scatters, axe grinding grooves and pathways; or historic huts, yards, mining equipment, arboreta and border markers.

Huts in particular, were often located in areas used as camp sites by Aboriginal people. Please do not souvenir any articles or artefacts and leave the hut environs undisturbed.