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Narcissus Hut, at the northern end of Lake St Clair, has a new lease of life following renovations by the Parks and Wildlife Service this past summer.

The last major hut on the Overland Track, it marks the finishing point for walkers, most of whom choose to complete their journey with a ferry ride on Lake St Clair to Cynthia Bay. The hut provides shelter for walkers waiting for the ferry.

PWS Northwest Region manager Nic Deka said the hut was built in 1963 to replace the original hut that was destroyed by fire.

“The hut and overall site needed an upgrade given its importance in forming the final impressions that walkers take away from their Overland Track experience,” Mr Deka said.

“With the recent installation of a departure point at Ronny Creek at Cradle and the similar completion point at Lake St Clair, this project, along with the Narcissus Hut renovation, has really lifted the overall walkers’ experience. 

“While there was consideration of replacing the hut altogether, given its historical significance as one of the last remaining huts purpose built by the former Scenery Preservation Board for recreation, it was decided to retain and upgrade the hut.

“Development works sought to retain as much of the original fabric of the building as possible, while necessary improvements were made to accommodate walker expectations and meet modern building code standards.”

“The addition of a new front verandah meets the needs of today’s Overland Track walkers.”

Internal works included rebuilding the bunk platforms, the installation of two new tables with bench seating, and upgrading the heating from coal to gas. Timber from a demolished PWS building at Cradle Mountain was re-used at Narcissus.

Site works included the construction of camping platforms, picnic tables at the front of the hut and stone steps down to the river. The nearby rangers’ hut has been renovated, and a new toilet and helicopter landing pad were completed last year. Due to a wet summer hampering works, the planned reconstruction of the Narcissus jetty has been postponed to next summer.

The project was funded through the Overland Track fees which are reinvested into the management and facilities of the track.

New lease of life for Overland Track hut

Narcissus Hut, sporting its new verandah.