Kellys and Fitzgerald huts Grade 3 day walk

From February 04, 2018 7:00 am until February 04, 2018 5:00 pm
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Hi fellow walkers.

Join in for a day on the High Plains.

Kelly's hut from the Gate is 6.8km, and Fizhgerald Hut is 300 m off the track ( total for day 14.8 km or so)

Start from the locked gate at Watchbed Creek.  

Meet at Tawonga South 7am  near bike shop on left next to Mt Beauty Holiday Centre or Bunnings Wodonga 5.30 am

Start walking from the gate at Watchbed creek, Fitz's Hut is 300 m off the main track, back up to the track and onto Kellys hut for lunch...

FYI - Di is hiking in for an overnight camp at Kelly's Hut Saturday Evening.  Contact Di if you wish to go at her discrection..

Please ensure that you are well set up for overnight backpacking - remember its ALPINE 

Water needs to be carried, DO NOT rely on water availablilty on this walk, Day or Overnight  ( 1 to 2 L  for day walk )

If water is to be collected from streams or aquaduct,  remember to use purification tablets, 

Alpine weather can change dramatically - please be prepared - the link below on our website has valuable infomation as to what to pack

If you are new to the club, Your first day event is Free.  For subsequent events as a guest the fee is $10.00 per day, OR YOU CAN JOIN MVB

Note the guest fee does not cover Equipment Hire, Accomodation and Travelling costs ( WE SHARE THE cost of fuel, use of car and driver when car pooling -  )  

From Bunnings Wodonga,  122 km one way to Watchbed Creek trun off  allow approxmatly 2 hours

From Tawonga South, 40 km one way, allow approxamately 1 hour

Weather link.

What bring on Alpine walks and walk grading

  Call Peter on 0417 441 137 for more info if needed



  Kellys Hut  

Kelly's Hut Photo by - Alan Levy, 2001

The first hut on the site was built by Kyran Marum and Jack Platt in 1901.

Patrick J Kelly built the second hut on this site in 1901, after grazing began on the lease in the 1890s. This hut has vertical slab walls, a paling roof and gabled structure, but was burnt down in 1956.

It was replaced with an SEC hut (maybe originally built in 1928 - historical if it is), removed from the Rocky Valley site two years later. The Kelly family, through Mrs T Kelly and later her son, owned the lease until taken over by the NP in 1982.

FitzgeralD Hut 

FitzgeraldsHut AL

Located at Kellys Track, Marms Point. On the Bogong High

Brief History

George Silas Fitzgerald was born at Omeo in 1867, son of American, Edward Fitzgerald and mother Mary Gallagher. George lived at Shannon Vale where his father had been a gold prospector.

George contracted to build the Ensay to Doctors Flat Road and later the Tambo Valley Road. He built Fitgeralds Hut in 1903. Originally it was shingled and he later covered it with corrugated iron in 1928.

The hut received serveral modifications and later George offered it as Open House, in particular to the Melbourne Women's Walking Club.

The hut was destroyed by fire in 1991, after the chimney caught on a school camping trip, and by that time was in disorder anyway. The hut seen today was rebuilt in 1993, with aid of supporters from the Wallangarra Youth Group of Licola