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Meg Hut, Pisa Conservation Area

I love hiking exposed ridges for the spectacular views, but this walk sticks to the Roaring Meg Valley, and while there are some decent views, they’re not the main feature of this track. That honour belongs to the often bizarre-shaped rock formations of all sizes butting out of the tussock. With a little imagination, it’s easy to feel like Alice in Wonderland. 

On reaching the hidden valley through which the Roaring Meg meanders like a snake, dead trees stand sentinel beside the eight-bunk Meg Hut. It’s an old musterers hut with an open fireplace and plenty of firewood outside. 

The hut location is extremely picturesque and it’s worth climbing high to view it from a different perspective. This photo was taken from the Cardrona Cromwell Pack Track. It’s likely you’ll see chamois jumping from rock to rock. 

The hut is reached on the Cardrona-Roaring Meg Pack Track, one of several tracks in the area. After a night at Meg Hut, I continued on to Deep Creek Hut for another night in the wilderness. 

A through-trip can also be made on the Roaring Meg Pack Track from SH6 to Tuohys Gully car park. 

 – Premysl Luljak

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Roaring Meg Recreation Reserve on SH6, or Tuohys Gully car park near Cardrona Alpine Resort
Roaring Meg Recreation Reserve on SH6, or Tuohys Gully car park near Cardrona Alpine Resort

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