Stony Stream Bivvy, Hanmer Forest Park
A small two-bunk hut with an open fire, that was once seldom visited except by hunters as it didn’t have a track. While there is some rock hopping and river crossing involved in getting there, the last section has had a track cut through the broom by Richard Janssen in recent times, and that avoids having to climb around a 4 m waterfall. Worth the effort.
In surprisingly good original condition, although Richard has replaced the window, and fitted some old rabbit-proof fencing under the old canvas bunks. And generally tidied up the interior.
You get there by following down Edwards River from Scotties Camp Hut which involves a couple of dozen river crossings to get to Stony Stream, or going over Charlies Pass and turning at the four-wheel drive track at the bottom of the steep section, and following the occasional faded surveyor’s tape markers to the old track down to the river.
category . . . basic hut
hut fee . . . free
elevation . . . 730 m
bunks . . . 2 mattresses in bunk
built . . . around 1960
heating . . . open fire
water . . . from river 40 m to east. Has bucket
toilet . . . longdrop← Fowlers Hut, St James Conservation Area