FAQ - Huts
How do I book a hut?
There is no booking system except for a few managed by NPWS. It gets very busy during long weekends and the huts are there for emergency accomodation only so always carry your tent. You must share the hut with anyone else that may come along, Always carry a tent in case you can't find a hut or it is damaged.
Which huts can be booked?
Currango Homestead - Tantangra Dam Wolgal Hut - Kiandra- Burnt down in 2020 fires Yarrangobilly Caves House All can be booked through the NPWS Tumut Visitors Centre: The Old Butter Factory, Adelong Road, Tumut, NSW 2720 (02) 6947 1849 Link to NPWS Accommodation website
Who can use the huts?
Absolutely everyone - you are welcome, provided that you respect the space and leave it as you found it, or even cleaner! And you must share the hut and fireplace with anyone else who arrives. If you do not like rats you may prefer to sleep in your tent.
What facilities are there?
Often none. Most have a small water hole or stream nearby. Most have a stove for heating and a bush saw for cutting wood. Most have a broom for cleaning up. Many have a toilet a short walk away, take your own toilet paper.
Where can I get water?
Most huts have a small stream nearby. A collapsable container is handy to carry water back to the hut. Some huts have buckets. In popular areas and during low water flow periods, you should treat the water if you can't boil it for drinking.
Can I light a fire in them?
Yes, in stoves and fireplaces, except during Park or Total Fire Bans, check with NPWS before leaving home. Keep fires small to prevent the chimney timbers from catching alight. Of course you will fully extinguish any fire with water before you leave the hut. During Total Fire Bans, the State Government regulations state that because you do not have a ready source of running water in the hut, you cannot use camping stoves with a naked flame.
May I collect firewood?
Yes, but don't go overboard, Only use dead wood - green wood is alive and growing, and does not burn easily, Avoid leaving unsightly branch stumps which might spoil the view from the hut, Only cut what you will burn during your stay, Leave some wood behind for the next visitors, in case they arrive in bad weather, enough for one night and a bit more for drying wet logs if necessary. Having to cut your own wood is the best form of wood fuel conservation. Only leave a small bundle of kindling and, of the remainder, nothing else less than 2" diameter, please use the wood box if there is one. Please do not leave huge piles of fine kindling with leaves still on them in the hut!
Where can I find the information about visiting the huts?
The Hut Visitor code has lots of information, see here. The Australian Alps National Parks website also a very good guide.
Where can I get mobile phone reception?
The more modern phones can get reception over a lot of the park, on top of the higher peaks is good.