Starting from the Cragg's Hut car park off Mallee Drive, Murray River National Park, this walk takes you on a circuit past the ruins of Cragg's Hut via the Cragg's Hut Walking Trail. This short and easy loop takes walkers past the ruins of Cragg's Hut in the Katarapko section of Murray River National Park, providing an insight into the area's European history. Built from the limestone quarried nearby, the hut was the home of the Craigie family in the mid-1800s. In the early 1930s, the Bland and Bennet families settled in the area, and the remnants of the Blands' home can also be seen along the trail. After passing the historic remains of the homes of the Craigies and the Blands, the trail passes the grave of Margaret Craigie before reaching a lookout with views over the land that once supported these families. There are several interpretive signs along the trail detailing the lives and struggles of these European settlers who once worked the land here. There's also a boat ramp located near the car park, which provides the opportunity for canoeing or kayaking. This loop consists of narrow, gently undulating walking trails with uneven natural surfaces and compacted natural surfaces and is suitable for most fitness levels. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting started From the Craggs Hut Walking Trail car park, head towards the small green "Craggs Hut Trail" sign along the dirt path. Pass through the bollard and pass by the said sign to your right. Immediately after, pass by an informative sign about the trail. Follow the narrow dirt track to continue along Craggs Hut Walking Trail (clockwise).....
Directions & comments
Start heading along Craggs Hut Walk.
After another 160 m continue straight, to head along Craggs Hut Walk.
After another 5 m turn right, to head along Craggs Hut Walk.
After another 1.1 km turn right.
After another 35 m come to the end.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Cragg's Hut Walking Trail
30 min to 45 min
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Clearly signposted (1/6)
Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
No experience required (2/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)