Huts and camping
The Clark’s huts are associated with mining leases and are not for public use.
There is a bush campsite approximately 200m beyond Clark’s huts on the north side of the Adamsfield Track. There are currently no toilet facilities at the site.
As Adamsfield is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, it is a Fuel Stove Only Area. This means no fires may be lit in the open except in designated sites. The only designated site in this area is the campsite.
Please take your rubbish home with you.
Respect the relics
The relics in this area provide an important link with our past. Please do not disturb them. If items are moved or removed their potential to tell us about the past is reduced, as is the enjoyment of other people who visit the site.
Some of the main relics and other features of interest are detailed below and their locations are marked on the location map.
One of the two Clarks Huts
These two huts are located approximately one kilometre along the Adamsfield track east of its junction with the Clear Hill road. There is also a collection of relics associated with mining adjacent to these huts.The huts were built in the mid 1940s by Norm Clark who was mining here at that time. They have been used and maintained by subsequent mining lessees. These huts are not open to the public; please respect them and the privacy of the occupants.
Approximately 250m west of the wooden routed sign that points to the township (4)
Part of the extensive network of water races
you can see a water race running parallel to the northern edge of the
Adamsfield track. This is an example of the network of races that were built to channel water downhill to the alluvial osmiridium workings in Moore’s Gully. This network represents a huge investment of time and energy. It has been estimated that it would take about 750 work days (one person working for one day) to dig one kilometre of race with dimensions of one metre by half a metre and then another 150 work days per year to keep it open.
Remains of Pat Roach’s hut and dam
Look for a small clearing on the south side of the Adamsfield track approximately 200 metres west of the wooden township sign (4). If you walk 40m south from the clearing you will find the remains of a hut.
Pat Roach and his family were long term residents of Adamsfield, rather than transients – this is indicated by the fact that they built structures such as the log wall dam on the adjacent creek to supply water to their home and mine workings. The hut was probably a two-roomed structure, set on a platform with a stone fireplace and tin chimney.
Some of the diverse relicts of Adamsfield
Look for a wooden routed sign approximately three kilometres east of the boom gate on the Adamsfield track. Follow the foot track uphill for approximately 100m. Very little evidence remains of the township site today and much of the area is overgrown with bracken. Grassy corridors indicate the location of former roads and there is a lone telegraph pole. Remains of a stone chimney and a large pile of broken bottles can also be seen here.
Access to the open cut is provided by the Adamsfield track.
Open cut (Photos by Steve Johnson)
Continue east from the township site, beyond the junction with the Saw Back track. Track conditions in the vicinity of the open cut require a 4WD with good clearance and traction. This was where the hard rock mining occurred during the 1960s. Excavations, trenches, tracks and a tramway formation are all visible here. Warning: Take care in this area, as there are a number of old mine shafts in this area, some of which are water filled. These shafts can become unstable and there is a risk of them collapsing.
The "Hilton" was destroyed by a bushfire in November 2007. It was located on the top of the hill to the north of the open cut workings. Vehicle access to the Hilton site requires a 4WD with good clearance and traction. This hut was originally built as the site office for the open cut mine in the 1960s.
Tims (Timbs) track
(refer to location map)
To gain a greater appreciation of the journey to Adamsfield you may like to walk a short section of the original pack track. This track is overgrown and no longer accessible from the township end, but you can access a short length of it as part of Tims track which leaves the Gordon River Road approximately 23km west of Maydena. The wooden cording of the original Adamsfield track and the remains of two huts can be seen just before you reach the Florentine River. Please note that the bridge has collapsed and it is no longer possible to cross the Florentine River. Allow 3 to 4 hours for the return walk from the Gordon River Road.