On the 15-16 December, we held our Craigs Hut Photography & 4wd Tour. For this tour we had a wide variety of well kitted out early and late model 4wd’s – some that were hitting the dirt for the 1st time!
Our first stop for the weekend was the former site of the Harrison Homestead from The Man from Snowy River Films. We have a photo of the homestead site from 1982 that we share with our guests and standing in the exact location some 36 years later, the structures might have gone but the surroundings have barely changed. The property is currently for sale, what an amazing place it would be to own!
From there it was onto No 3 Track to traverse the rocky escarpment of Mt No 3. After some severe weather earlier in the week, it wasn’t long until we saw some of that aftermath and came across a large downed tree. We’re always prepared for this type of situation and it wasn’t long until we had it cleared and we were on our way. Morning Tea was had at No 3 Refuge Hut which is a rebuilt version of the original hut that was destroyed by the Great Divide Wildfire in 2006.
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Continuing on we reached the bottom of No 3 Track and called into the Razorback Huts. It was then onto the Mt Stirling Circuit Rd for our lunch stop at the Howqua Gap Huts for lunch
After lunch we began our climb up Howqua Gap Track towards the Mt Stirling summit. This is a great low range 4wd track that offers a bit of everything in ruts, rocks, washouts and the occasional steep pinch – perfect for keeping our guests entertained! Once at the 1742m summit, the clouds lifted briefly for a glimpse of the sensational 360 mountain views!
Clear Hills Track was next as we headed towards our camp for the evening. This section of the track between Mt Stirling and Monument Track was a reasonable challenge on previous tours with large rocks and washouts, however this time around it was pretty easy going due to some recent dozer work.
Arriving at our camp for the evening 100m from Craig’s Hut, the tour group was greeted by Andy who secured our camp and got the fire going prior to our arrival. Once everyone had set up their camp, it was off to check out what everyone had come to see – Craig’s Hut. During short breaks in cloud cover, our guests were able witness the sunset breaking through at this world-famous hut and capture some great images. Back at camp the HCAT team had 4 large camp ovens on the fire roasting away to cater for our 21 guests. Those that have been on our previous tours might find this hard to believe, but we do have to say that it was up there with one of the best campfire roasts that we’ve ever done!
After consistent rain overnight, we woke to a heavily clouded in camp which meant that there would unfortunately be no sunrise at the hut on this tour.
A hearty cooked breakfast was enjoyed by all prior to packing up camp. Our next destination was Bindaree Falls. A positive of all the overnight rain was that the falls were absolutely pumping down – a sight not seen very often – check out the footage in the below video!
A big thank you to everyone that came on our tour. You were an awesome group and we had an absolute ball touring the mighty High Country with you!
Anthony, Andy & Shane
High Country Adventure Tours