Overland Track Afterword – The Huts of the Overland Track

While I was planning for the Overland Track I had trouble finding collective information about the huts and camping grounds on the trail. Some I didn’t go to so don’t have any information on. Most other huts are for emergency only.

Overall, All Main Huts:

  • Sleep at least 24
  • Have untreated tank water
  • Have one composting toilet (usually two)
  • NO TOILETS HAVE TOILET PAPER (bring your own)
  • NO RUBBISH BINS PROVIDED (Take your rubbish with you)
  • Have plentiful camping spots for tents
  • Have gas/coal heaters for cooler times (some only work at temps below 10 degrees)
  • Have cooking tables inside the hut
  • Have bookable group camping platforms
  • Have a no open fire policy

Camp 1: Waterfall Valley
There are two huts at Waterfall valley:

Old Hut

  • Is 100m from New Hut.
  • Sleeps 8: two double bunks each sleeping two
  • Has a separate toilet 50m further away
  • No tank water
  • Has Group camping platforms above the waterfall
  • Most camping is on the grass around the hut

New Hut

  • Sleeps 24: 2 platform bunks, each platform sleeps 6
  • There are two tables and 2 cooking benches
  • Plenty of room for sleepers on the floor in wet weather
  • Water tanks
  • Twin externally located composting toilets
  • Bed platforms are in same room as cooking area
  • Gas heater
  • Separate room for wet weather gear

Camp 2: Lake Windemere

  • There is only one hut
  • Sleeps 24. 4 double bunks and 1 quad bunk
  • Sleeping room is separate from cooking room
  • Gas heater
  • 4 cooking tables
  • Water tanks
  • Has Group camping platforms
  • Twin externally located composting toilets
  • Camping is on platforms only
  • Small amount of room for sleeping on floor where necessary

Camp 3: Pelion Plains

  • Sleeps 60 (theoretically 72)
  • 6 separate sleeping rooms
  • 3 double bunks in each room (theoretically 12 people per room)
  • Bedrooms are separated from each other and cooking area by doors
  • 6 cooking tables in massive room
  • Cooking room can be separated in half by roller door
  • 2 gas heaters
  • Water Tanks
  • Has Group camping platforms
  • Twin externally located composting toilets
  • Camping is on platforms only
  • Huge amount of room for sleeping on floor where necessary

Camp 4: Kia Ora hut

  • Sleeps 24: Has 2 platform bunks, each platform sleeps 6
  • Bed platforms are in same room as cooking area
  • Coal heater
  • 2 cooking tables
  • Water tanks
  • Has Group camping platforms
  • Twin externally located composting toilets
  • Camping is on platforms only
  • Very small amount of room for sleeping on floor where necessary

Emergency Hut: Du Cane Hut

  • Sleeps 12: Has platform bunks, each platform sleeps 6
  • Bed platforms are in same room as cooking area
  • Single externally located composting toilets
  • Very small amount of room for sleeping on floor where necessary

Camp 5: Bert Nichols hut

  • Sleeps 36: 3 rooms each with platform bunk. Platforms sleep 6
  • Bedrooms closed by doors
  • Cooking room has 5 cooking tables and two cooking benches
  • Separate room for wet weather gears
  • 2 water tanks
  • Has Group camping platforms
  • Twin externally located composting toilets
  • Camping is on platforms only
  • Coal heater
  • Huge amount of room for sleeping on floor where necessary

Side Camp: Pine Valley

  • Sleeps 24: 2 platform bunks, each platform sleeps 6
  • Bed platforms are in same room as cooking area
  • Coal heater
  • 2 cooking tables
  • Water tanks
  • Single externally located composting toilet
  • Camping is on grass only
  • Very small amount of room for sleeping on floor where necessary

Camp 6: Kia Ora hut

  • Sleeps 24: 2 platform bunks, each platform sleeps 6
  • Bed platforms are in same room as cooking area
  • Coal heater
  • 1 cooking table
  • Water tanks
  • Externally located composting toilets
  • Camping is on platforms only
  • Very small amount of room for sleeping on floor where necessary
  • Radio to communicate with Lake St Clair Information Centre ferry
  • Has resident rats

Camp 6.5: Echo Point Hut

  • Sleeps 8: Has two double bunks each sleeping two
  • Unsure if toilet
  • Unsure if tank water
  • Camping is on sand at side of lake
  • Has resident rats

I hope this is of some use to someone out there

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