New Town and Johnstons
Tuesday 23 August 2022
The walk stopped at what I call New Town Cliffs as it is near the waterfall for morning break. There was a light shower, and the cliff overhangs were welcome shelter. It was fine from then on and we continued up the creek, but it had a lot of water flowing, making it too tricky to walk on the edge of creek bed. Nevertheless, there were several reasonable views obtained.
Eventually Hunters Track was reached and soon after we lunched at Crocodile Rock. From there we went to Johnstons hut site with its well-preserved chimney and then headed back to the cars at Lenah Valley.
Some information Johnstons Hut
Built c.1928 by council worker Cecil Johnston as a 'weekender' (Grist & Grist). Photo in the JF Colln is has hut dated 1927. From the Davies Colln/JF Colln photo the hut was a simple small rectangular hut with a gable roof; walls of lapped vertical board and a roof of similar construction with a stone chimney at one end and with timber rounds and plank benches beside the hut. WPMT (1985) notes the hut was burnt in c.1935.
Wellington Park Historic Heritage Vol 2
|Chimney at the remains of Johnstons hut
There is a photo album click here or on the image below