If you're looking for a picturesque spot to explore in the Victorian High Country, Craig's Hut at Mount Stirling is definitely worth a visit. Located in the Alpine National Park, this historic hut offers stunning views and a glimpse into the area's rich cultural history.
Craig's Hut was originally built in 1982 as a set for the iconic Australian film "The Man from Snowy River". After the film crew finished filming, the hut was dismantled, but it was later rebuilt as a permanent structure by the Victorian government in 1993.
Unfortunately the hut was destroyed in a bushfire in January 2006. It was then rebuilt by the Victorian government and volunteers in 2008, using the original plans and materials as much as possible to maintain its historical authenticity. Luckily my visit coincided with the hut having been completed.
The easiest way to get to Craig's Hut is by car from Mansfield (about a 90 mins drive), but be warned that the last few kilometres of the road are unsealed and can be quite rough. This is especially true if you’re looking to catch the sunrise or driving down after sunset. From the car park, it's about a 30-minute walk up a steep hill to reach the hut itself.
Once you reach Craig's Hut, take some time to explore the area and enjoy the stunning views. There are also several hiking trails in the surrounding area, including the Mount Stirling Summit Walk and the Monument Track.