Grays Hut

Accommodation Option on the Heysen Trail

Inside of hut showing sleeping platform
Inside of hut showing sleeping platform
Inside of hut showing sleeping platform
Inside of hut showing sleeping platform
The toilet, constructed in 2008
The toilet, constructed in 2008
Accommodation
Campsite,
Hut,
Water Tank
Mapsheet
Mapsheet 6B, Melrose to Wilmington
Guidebook
Northern Guidebook, chapter 3, map 2
Coordinates
Grid ref: 319 672
Longitude: 138.137585
Latitude: -32.800521
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Contact
https://www.heysentrail.asn.au (Friends of the Heysen Trail)
Bookings
No
Fees
None
Facilities
camp site, hut with sleeping benches, hanging pegs, clothes line, solar light, adjacent large shelter with table and benches (table not shown in photos), two water tanks, modern toilet, NO fires
History
Mark Gray junior built the hut and adjacent cow yards in the early 1900s, milking cows and taking the cream to Melrose, at least 10 miles away. The hut was burnt down in a bushfire in 1988. The area was known as the race course, because local lads secretly trained their horses here for the picnic races. The current hut was built around the ruins of the original hut.
Notes
Occasionally access to the Park may be restricted. Refer to the National Park SA Park Alerts webpage to check whether there are any current restrictions for Mt Remarkable National Park. https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/Safety/park-alerts

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15 thoughts on “Grays Hut

  1. Walker reported on 18/8/20 that Main tank was 50% full and toilet tank also at 50% capacity.

  2. Stayed 20/May/20. Watertank connected to hut was empty, but enough water in tank connected to the toilet, though it was a trickle I believe that was more so due to the tap itself. Water was clear and good quality. Rained overnight so morning of the 21st the empty tank had filled.

    • Hollie, Thank you for letting us know, we do appreciate this information, especially as the Trail is open once again. Do you think the tank next to the hut was connected properly? IE did the downpipes look OK?
      Cheers,
      Julian (FoHT Secretary)

      • I can’t confirm, but I didn’t notice anything. I did worry about damage myself so did have a quick look, only noticed an exposed cracked pipe running from the tank to underground past the table, but unsure whether this was a problem or not.

        • Hollie, I don’t suppose you took any pictures. It may be the overflow pipe. Was the tank full. Julian

  3. NO FIRES allowed at Grays Hut including in the old historical fireplace. No firewood collection allowed in National Parks.

  4. Don and Frank
    17/9/2018 Stayed overnight in the hut, there was water in the tank. A school group of 17 camped there overnight, the next day there was 20 on there way there.

  5. Stayed here on 20th May ’18. Plenty of water, had a nice evening fire as there was plenty of wood. Caught one mouse in my trap but others ate the bait. A great place to get out of the elements. Thanks to those who maintain it.

  6. Stayed here night of 13/9/15. No fire inside. Was too windy to have one outside. A good hut. Greeted in am by 3 emu. Lovely.

  7. Stayed in hut 11/5/15. Plenty of water in both tanks, with winter coming on I’m sure they’ll be overflowing soon. I’ve the April 2014 edition guidebook. Gray’s hut location is incorrectly marked on maps it should be north of the E/W Mungola hut track which leads to the racecourse camp prob where the ruin is marked. Coming from Mt Remarkable the Heysen trail also now stays on this track leading to the Racecourse camp/tank not going cross country like on map, To confuse this little section a bit more on map 3.1 pg54 point F is on the blue lined cross country route and on map 3.2 pg55 point D is on the Mungola Hut Track which has the on ground markers?

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