Nestled at the bottom of a valley in Kosciuszko National Park, Coolamine Homestead is one of the largest, best restored and most interesting historical huts in the region.
Coolamine Homestead is one of many High Country huts, but is unique in that it comprises three architecturally unique styles of building, constructed at different times during the late 1800s.
The first of those buildings was established by Stewart Mowle, overseer to Terence Murray who was the owner of the land that the Australian Government House now sits on in Canberra, and who first visited these plains in the late 1800s.
It was a slab and bark hut, and the site was found with the help of the local Aboriginal people, as the site is located on a local Aboriginal trail along Long Plain.
The original hut was used for grazing, while the log cheese house was built in 1889 followed by the main house in the 1890s, which served as the summer residence for the family of owner Fred Campbell.
The buildings were restored in the 1980s, and can be explored freely by visitors to the park and used for emergency overnight accommodation in bad weather. Interestingly, the walls have been papered with newspaper at various points in the late 1800s and early 1900s, their still-readable text rendering the place somewhat of a colonial time capsule.
These days it’s one of the most visited sites in Kosciuszko National Park, and is easily accessible by car. Alpine huts are an iconic feature of the High Country, and a stopover (it makes a great picnic spot!) at Coolamine Homestead should be included in any journey through the national park.