Craigs Hut

Submitted: Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 14:48
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I would like to know if it possible to get to Craigs Hut in dry weather with a Honda CRV, going in a few days.
Cheers.
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Reply By: wollyw - Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 15:55

Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 15:55
hi brooke
the road to craigs hut will be fine for your vehicle , you will just have to walk the last section as it is not really suitable for 2wds. drop into mirimbah store and they can give directions on how to get there
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Reply By: Member - Rob K (VIC) - Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 16:39

Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 16:39
Hi Brooke G,

The track into Craigs Hut from Circuit Rd is closed, has been for a while now.

You'll need to park your vehicle at the Circuit Road Picnic area and walk into Craigs Hut from there. The road to the picnic area is OK for 2WD vehilces, just a little corrugated on some corners . Just turn off the road (left) just after the Mt Buller park entrance to Mt Stirling and you can't miss the picnic carpark.

Cheers

Rob K
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 16:50

Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 16:50
Isn't a CR-V a soft road on demand 4wd?
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Follow Up By: Member - Rob K (VIC) - Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 17:03

Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 17:03
Shaker,

You're right, I was just trying to say the road to the picnic area can be driven by most 2WD vehicles anyway. Seen a few up there in the past.

Cheers

Rob K
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Follow Up By: 2000 Red Rodeo - Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 21:36

Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 21:36
I was there last week.

The circuit road which gets you to within a couple of kms from the hut is suitable for any car. Our group had a couple of Camry's.

The last couple of kms up to the hut are open and is in good condition for a 4wd track. It was a breeze in my Rodeo. I had a friend with me who did it in a Kluger. We also saw a Subaru Outback at the top.

Bottom line - Go for it. A great place to go. Photo opps in all directions. A real highlight of the high country.

Regards

Geoff
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Reply By: Horacehighroller - Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 17:14

Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 17:14
When I was at Craigs hut in 2009 there was a falcon wagon there.

The driver said it had a good LSD and with careful wheel placement "only scraped occassionally"
It's pretty obvious it must have been a work vehicle - not his own.

Peter
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Reply By: Brooke G - Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 17:27

Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 17:27
Thanks everyone for the replies.
I have been up there twice before, the first time it was raining/sleeting, very wet and made me nervous going up the steep track where there is a orange sign pointing that way with a 4wd on it. We got a little way up but tyres started slipping as they were ready to be replaced and all the cars we saw coming down were patrols and landcruisers.
Second time, the road was closed. Dissapointed to hear it still is.
I wouldnt want to be hiking a fair way as it will be myself and a 2 1/2 year old.
Good to hear though when road is opened i will be able to make it up.

Cheers.
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 18:47

Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 18:47
There are a couple of road closure signs that were left up after landslides from last year but they're all but repaired now. Speaking to the Ranger in charge last week he confirmed the only closure in the Mt Stirling area is on Carters Road so you will be fine to go to Craig's Hut via the Circuit Road. The fact one of the builders of the current Craig's Hut drove his SS Commodore ute up each day indicates that with care it's possible to get most cars there in the dry.
Cheers Craig........
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Follow Up By: Kath B - Thursday, Feb 02, 2012 at 14:18

Thursday, Feb 02, 2012 at 14:18
Hi Brooke,
As the parent of a 2 1/2 year old myself I understand why you don't want to hike a fair way. Why not fly? The channel 7 Sunrise crew used Alpine Helicopter Charter (www.alpineheli.com.au). I've taken my kids on the fantastic flight to the hut too. Could be another way to have an amazing trip!
Cheers,
Kath
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Reply By: Member - Minty (SA) - Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 18:05

Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 18:05
I was there last week. No low range work. Taking it very easy the CRV should do it. The Monument and Clear Hills tracks were open from the Circuit Road.
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Reply By: Brooke G - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 07:13

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 07:13
OK great! I will be going up now for sure by the looks of it. Just seeing it on Sunrise :/, will most probably be very very busy coming up to the long weekend, even more so now that it is on tv.
Thanks for the confidence boost that the crv will make it.
Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Mark E (VIC) - Wednesday, Jan 25, 2012 at 10:39

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2012 at 10:39
It's a nice place to visit.

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I've been up there a number of times now including a ski trip out from Mt No 3. Worth a visit and an hour or two looking around.

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Have a good trip.

Cheers,

Mark
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