Ritchie’s Hut 

Historic Walks
12 km
5 hours
Grade 1: No bushwalking experience required. Flat even surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for wheelchair users who have someone to assist them. Walks no greater than 5km.
Grade 2: No bushwalking experience required. The track is hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10km.
Grade 3: Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.
Grade 4: Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.
Grade 5: Very experienced bushwalkers with specialised skills, including navigation and emergency first aid. Tracks are likely to be very rough, very steep and unmarked. Walks may be more than 20km.

Nestled amongst the mountains and on the banks of the Howqua River, you will find Ritchie’s Hut.

Originally built by local craftsman Fred Fry, the hut was a genuine heritage slab construction, built as a fishing hut for the Ritchie family of Mansfield.

The construction of the new hut, located on the same site as the old one, utilised recycled materials and original building techniques wherever possible. Ritchie's Hut is a six kilometre trek from the Eight Mile Flat camping area off Brocks Road, which is accessed from Sheepyard Flat via the Howqua Track from Merrijig.

Please note access by vehicle into Eight Mile Flat is not possible from June to November due to seasonal track closures in the High Country. These closures generally operate around the King's Birthday long weekend in June through to the beginning of November but may be extended due to seasonal conditions. Contact the Mansfield Visitor Information Centre for more details.


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