Bushwalkers trekking the Overland
Track within the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park can now rest
overnight in a new, simple, energy efficient hut at Waterfall Valley.
Funded through the Tasmanian
Government’s $16 million Improved Statewide Visitor Infrastructure Program, the
Waterfall Valley Hut has been constructed to accommodate 34 walkers enjoying
the stunning natural landscape.
The hut was designed and built by Tasmanian companies Green Design Architects and AJR Construct, supporting local
jobs and our economy.
It features improved bushfire protection, thermal
efficient design, solar power and low emission lighting.
There are also more areas for
social gathering and opportunities to appreciate the stunning world heritage
landscape, both during the day and at night.
Design materials have been
carefully selected to blend with the landscape and complement the colours and
textures of this extraordinary alpine region.
To meet COVID-19 physical
distancing requirements, accommodation in the hut will be limited to 16 walkers
for now. All walkers must carry a 3-4 season quality tent and be
prepared to camp.
The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife
Service recently introduced a free registration system for Overland Track until
30 September, as a COVID-19 safety measure to manage the number of people
departing each day.