Huts in the High Country - Wallace Hut

by Col Kirby
(Glen Alpine NSW Australia)

Wallace Hut 1889

Wallace Hut 1889

Hi I'm Col Kirby. My wife and I love travelling both in Australia and overseas. We have covered much of Australia and never tire of the beauty and stark contrasts. Our early travel days were in a Toyota Hi-ace Campervan with our two daughters, later a 4WD and tent and now as we are "grey nomads" we have a small A-liner caravan.

This photograph is Wallace Hut located about 12 kilometers south east of Falls Creek in the Victorian high country.
It is quite historic having been built by the Wallace brothers in 1889. They were cattlemen in the high country before the declaration of the Alpine National Park. It is constructed from snowgum and woollybutt and originally had a timber shingle roof. This was replaced with corrugated iron in 1946 when used as a workmen's hut by the State Electricity Commission.
This hut has withstood the ravages of fire and time and is the oldest hut in the Alpine National Park.

There are other fine huts including Craig's Hut. This was featured in that great movie "The Man from Snowy River".

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Feb 16, 2015
Beautiful place
by: Ronaldo

I am hearing about the Wallace hut for the first time. It is hard to find such corrugated structure and the people behind the maintenance of this hut had done a great job. I wish to visit this place during next summer.

Dec 16, 2012
by: Phil & Sue Gibbins (nee Wallace)

WOW, WOW & WOW, it’s taken a few years getting to this amazing site. A worthy visit. We went on Sunday 16th Dec 2012. Thank you to all involved with the rebuild during the years. You can image the Drovers etc sitting around the camp fires, spinning the yarns. A magical experience.

Apr 12, 2011
seeing is believing
by: arnie

three times now we have attempted to go and see wallace hut for ourselves
each time the weather has been against us and the track to the hut has been closed.
we will try again this month april 2011 and hope to see the hut up close.
we were given a jigsaw puzzle of the wallace hut by our son in law glen wallace.we completed and framed it years ago and it is hanging on the wall in our lounge room

Apr 28, 2010
Been there
by: sophie-lee

i loved it there i have been there alot of times.

Jan 05, 2010
Good work
by: Terry Everson

Hi Col, nice going , glad to see your story on the outback guide. Top shot of the hut. You might find some more shots and stories to tell now.

Jan 05, 2010
Great photo
by: Rita

Hi Col,

Thank you for sharing this beautiful photo and story with us. I really love the Australian huts, they are unique.


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