Australia is home to many high country mountain huts. From Kosciuszko National Park to the Victorian Alps and down through Tasmania's National Park system there are literally hundreds of them.
Each has a story to tell. Sometimes it's a tale of alpine cattlemen and hardship, or a rich history of a sheep & cattle station and its homestead. Other huts were built more as outposts to help hikers and cross country skiers survive the wilderness. Some huts were even constructed as a film set, like the ever popular Craigs Hut
on Mt Stirling.
Regardless of the heritage, there is something primal about a mountain hut. It speaks to our hearts of warmth and safety in the face of remoteness and solitude, and evokes a certain romanticism, a nostalgia for the past.
"And the bush hath friends to meet him, and their kindly voices greet him
In the murmur of the breezes and the river on its bars,
And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended,
And at night the wond'rous glory of the everlasting stars"
- From "Clancy of the Overflow", a poem by Banjo Paterson.