Photography opportunities everywhere.

Nature & bird watching.

Choose a book on a topic you’ve always wondered about, or one on the local area, from the Payne’s Hut’s Library.

(1) Relax by the local Mitta Mitta River, swim, read a book.

Sit by a camp fire as part of your nightly routine and join the hosts (if you wish) and share stories and laughter.




Fitzgeralds Road (Shannonvale Track) – 2 hours return

Walk to Mittagundi, the outdoor education centre and pioneer-style farm. If the Leaders aren’t busy with Programs, you may be treated with a tour. It’s a truly special place.

The Kelly Track (6 hours return), see the High Country Huts, enjoy the Alpine Trails.

Walk to Watchbed Creek / Walk in to Payne’s Hut from Watchbed Creek.

Return transport can be arranged in non-busy times.




(2) Lunch or dinner at the Blue Duck Inn, a 20 minute drive away.

Flyfishing – enjoy the spectacular local mountain terrain whilst meandering into magnificent flowing rivers and streams with experienced guides of over 10 years experience. Guides explore and fish the local river system as their recreational passion. Six rivers within one hour, all holding excellent fish supplies. Offering local knowledge your experience is tailored to your needs. Return 4WD from and to Paynes Hut. Bookings via Jamie 0427 210 088 of High Country Fly Fishing (or email france97@bigpond.com).

Horse rides through the local area. Rides can be arranged upon booking or organised when you arrive.

Trail running.

White water rafting and kayaking is weather dependent and we can enquire for you. Let us know you are interested when booking.

Roadriding & mountain biking. Many bike riding events such as the Peaks Challenge are organised to enjoy the terrain of (4) Falls Creek, Mt Hotham, Mt Buffalo and beyond. Pickups (bike and all) can be arranged in non-busy times.


Scenic drives: Head North to Glen Wills, see the recently renovated (4) Glen Valley Hall, camping spots via the River as you head north, and continue on to the (also newly renovated) (5) Mitta Pub – a great spot for a meal or drink by the River. Head Nor-West to Falls Creek and on to Mt Beauty to Svarmisk or the Bakery.

Joy flights from the Mitta International Airport, gliding, paragliding, scenic flights or helicopter rides from Mt Beauty (6) and helicopter rides from further afield at Porepunkah,

Check out there tips for the kids.

Having been talking of going here for over 4 years, I can finally say I’ve done it, and we’ll definitely be back! This really is an amazing place to unwind and relax.
The surroundings are beautiful and the hosts, Graham and Tess just as beautiful. It was so nice to relax by the fire and spin a few yarns before settling in to some amazing local food.


We’re looking forward to meeting you.

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