Curnows Hut

Accommodation Option on the Heysen Trail

Curnows Hut
Curnows Hut
New toilet constructed August 2016
New toilet constructed August 2016
Accommodation
Campsite,
Hut,
Water Tank
Mapsheet
5A
Guidebook
Northern Guidebook, chapter 1, map 4
Location
Wirrabara Forest.
Coordinates
Grid ref: 715 097
Longitude: 138.548065
Latitude: -33.32476
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Contact
Friends of the Heysen Trail. Ph 08 8212 6299.
Bookings
No. The hut has a combination lock (installed in October 2017) . To access, press C (for clear) and then the code number is 5491.
Fees
No.
Facilities
Hut - hut, bunks, water, fireplace, toilet, table, seating. Camp ground - fire pits, tables, toilet (new toilet constructed August 2016), water
History
Bundaleer Forest was the first plantation forest in South Australia, and also the "birthplace of forestry in Australia". There was early concern that the State's precious native forest cover, never abundant, would be lost forever in the rush to find building materials. From 1873 the South Australian Parliament passed various acts to encourage the planting of forest trees, and in 1876 'Plantation A' - the first forest - was planted at Bundaleer. Many tree species - natives and exotics - were planted to see which would thrive in local conditions, and be commercially useful. Many of these trees, now a century and a quarter old, can still be seen at Bundaleer. The most successful product was the Radiata pine, today widely used in construction. There are other plantations along the Heysen Trail, at Kuitpo Forest and Mt Crawford Forest, but the vast majority of plantations of Pinus Radiatus are in the State's South-East. The first nurseryman at Bundaleer was John Curnow, whose cottage, known as Curnows Hut, is located near the original nursery. The timber from this plantation was used to build Spencer Gulf jetties, railway sleepers and in Broken Hill’s mines.
Notes
Curnows Hut has been reopened following the 2013 bushfires. The original toilet was destroyed in the bushfire). A permanent toilet was installed at the campsite/hut by the Friends of the Heysen Trail in March 2016. http://www.forestrysa.com.au/app/uploads/2017/06/Bundaleer-Forest-Visitor-Information.pdf Occasionally access to Forest reserves may be restricted. Refer to the Forestry SA webpage to check whether there are any upcoming closures for Bundaleer Forest. https://www.forestrysa.com.au/recreation/bundaleer-and-wirrabara/

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7 thoughts on “Curnows Hut

  1. Please note that the hut is locked with a combination lock. You only get the code when you make a booking. Therefore the hut is useless for hikers who want to seek shelter in inclement weather.

    However, adjecent to the hut is a very big new and clean toilet. So if bad comes to worst you can seek shelter there. The toilet is so big that you could even sleep in it.

  2. Christine,

    Unfortunatley the Forestry Department have this as a locked hut.

    The same applies to Rossietr Hut in the Barrossa, which is on your path.

  3. Thanks Christine. You are correct, a combination is required, which can only be gained from making a booking beforehand. The combination also lets drivers gain vehicle access to the campsite through the gate on the road.

    This hasnt been made clear in the description above, so I have fixed that.

    A new toilet was constructed in 2008.

  4. Does anyone know if the hut is still open? It’s in the restricted Bundaleer section following last summer’s bushfire and the trail is re-routed but no mention of the affect on the hut…

  5. Hey Tom. the area around the hut was burnt, and infrastructure at the hut was destroyed (somehow the main building remained intact and largely unaffected whereas other modern building structures were a complete loss).

    That area of the forest is closed to all public access, as ForestrySA is conducting logging operations in order to secure the area for public safety (particularly the risk of falling trees).

    That process may take many months, as the affected area isn’t small. After that, trail infrastructure and infrastructure at the hut & campsite will be reviewed, and the trail will be reopened once it has been re-marked with trail signs. The hut may or may not be re-opened prior to reconstruction of toilets and other facilities.

    Regardless, all this will still take many months, so we certainly aren’t expecting anything to change in terms of what is open in 2013.

  6. Went passed here 3/5/15 and it is still closed! But I did nip in for water. Then continued along re route and camped at bore track. Taking this track though unburnt area of forest would short cut the re route, there’s also no closed signs in this area of forest.
    On map 1.4 pg21 of northern guidebook April 2014, there are 4-5 marker posts down along the creek in the area marked I and J on map where walkers follow creek. I also missed the turn off from track just south of point H not sure how well it’s marked as I was fighting some strong wind and continued on track till the shearing shed.

  7. I stayed here night of 21/9/15. Hut has been reopened. I liaised with Peter Curtis on 0429 370 324, from the Wirrabarra office, which only had a limited cover.
    Not sure if will always be so, but padlock was unlocked and I did not have to pay a fee. Fires were obviously severe. There is still a reroute from New Campbell hill.
    Heysen trail signs along creek, as noted above, are down or non existent. Also 2 stiles are broken.