Woolshed Creek Hut

Located: On the Mount Somers Track. From Mount Somers township, follow Ashburton Gorge Road for approx. 10 km before turning right into Jig Road. Follow Jig Road to the end.

Access: 3 hours (adult), or 4 hours with lunch and playing at the coal mine site. If the kids get tired walking in there is a 4WD track to the left of the track that starts about half way. This bypasses a steep climb and shortens the walk to the hut quite a lot.

(We returned via the Rhyolite Ridge Track (rather than back out on the Miners Track) and this was a mistake. The extra views were truly amazing but the Ridge Track is not child friendly by any stretch, with slippery loose gravel on steep narrow paths and big drop-offs. This took us 5 hours, carrying our 4 year old on the steep bits and holding hands a lot.)

Hut features: The hut is serviced, so you need tickets for adults or children over 10 years of age. It is a very modern, warm hut, with full double glazing, built-in fly screens and more insulation than most homes. We went in April this year and were too warm in our summer sleeping bags. There is a creek running beside the hut as the name suggests which was perfect for the kids. We took gold pans for something else for the kids to do but no luck.

Negatives: This is such a good hut that consideration needs to be made to avoid the crowds. We went Easter weekend, but walked in Easter Monday and out Tuesday so only shared the 26 bunk hut with about 8 others.
 
Visited by: Jonathon Roughan and family.
 

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