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.

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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

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