Government Huts Conditions

Government Huts Booking Terms and Conditions 

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Check in

Check in is after 2:00pm on the day of arrival. Keys can not be collected from the Mt Field Visitor Centre prior to the check in time. If arriving after the Visitor Centre is closed, the keys will be placed on the front entrance doors for collection.

Keys will not be issued prior to the date of your booking. If you are changing huts during your stay, you will need to return to the visitor centre on the day of the changeover to collect keys for the other hut.

Check out

Check out is 10:00am on the morning of departure.

Access

The Government Huts are located 16km from the Mt Field Visitor Centre in an area that is subject to adverse weather conditions; road closures may occur under the direction of the road management authority and therefore restricting access to accommodation. You may need to have snow chains for your vehicle during snow conditions. Current road conditions are available by calling the Mt Field Visitor Centre on 62881149 and selecting option 3.

Please note that Lake Dobson road from the visitors centre to The Government Huts is unsealed. It is not suitable for large vehicles such as motorhomes or vehicles towing trailers/caravans.

Cancellation Policy

You are eligible for a full refund if you cancel more than 14 days before your scheduled arrival. No refund applies if less than 14 days’ notice is provided. Changes to your booking cannot be made within 14 days of your scheduled arrival.

If a cancellation is made at short notice due to ill health a full refund may apply. A written application and medical certificate must be provided. This only applies to the sick party member and not the whole party. All refund applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

A full refund will apply if the Lake Dobson Road is closed to all vehicles by the road management authority. Refunds will not be given for reasons such as having an unprepared vehicle (e.g. not carrying snow chains), drivers/vehicles not wanting, or permitted to travel on unsealed roads, bad weather or lack of snow.

A full refund will apply if the National Park is closed for any reason by the management authority, Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service. Any alterations or amendments to your original booking, being transferred to different dates and/or changes in cabins, will incur an administration fee of $25. If necessary your reservation may be moved to another cabin other than the one originally booked without notification.

Damage Fees

Any damages caused to the huts during your stay will incur a fee. The fee will vary depending on the damaged caused. If you lock yourself out of a hut and damage the hut to get back in, you may be charged a damage fee. If your key is not returned on time, a replacement fee of $300 will apply.

National Park Pass

As the Government Huts are located within the park boundary, a valid Tasmanian National Park Pass is required for the length of your stay. Passes are available to purchase during business hours at the Mt Field Visitor Centre. Otherwise, passes can be purchased at Service Tasmania Locations or online at www.parks.tas.gov.au.

Fire Evacuation Plan

As the Government Huts are located at the remote site of Lake Dobson, it is likely that there would not be any Parks and Wildlife Staff able to respond in the event of an emergency. For this reason, we require a fire warden to be appointed for each individual hut. In the event of an emergency, the fire warden must follow the Quick Action Guide posted on the back of the door in each hut. The responsibilities of the fire warden are listed below:

Chief Warden Roles and Responsibilities

The Chief Warden will be the person who makes the booking and ticks the ‘I Agree’ box so therefore all guests must be aware of the Chief Warden’s Roles and Responsibilities. On becoming aware of an emergency the chief warden will:

  • Alert others of the emergency
  • Assist anyone in immediate danger, but only if safe to do so.
  • Commence an evacuation and ensure hut guests are assisted to leave via the nearest safe EXIT.
  • Ensure the Tasmania Fire Service is notified on’ 000’ and provided with details of the emergency.
  • Delegate duties to available guests as required.
  • Ensure a search of all areas is conducted to check that all persons have evacuated. Search rooms closest to the danger first working your way back to the safer areas but only if safe to do so.
  • Ensure all doors and windows are closed as you go but only if safe to do so.
  • Extinguish any small fires but only if you are trained & it is safe to do so.
  • When the emergency services arrive, brief them on the status of the emergency and advise if all guests have been accounted for.
  • Ensure that no person re-enters the building until the all clear has been given by a delegated fire officer.

Privacy Policy

Your personal information will be used for the primary purpose for which it is collected, and may be disclosed to contractors and agents of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and the Environment (DPIPWE), law enforcement agencies, courts and organisations authorised to collect it.

Your basic personal information may be disclosed to other public sector bodies where necessary for the efficient storage and use of the information. Personal Information will be managed in accordance with the Personal Information Protection Act 2004 and may be accessed by the individual to whom it relates on request to the DPIPWE. You may be charged a fee for this service.

Important Information

Snow Chains

Show chains are not available when you get to Mt Field National Park. You will need to organise these before your arrival.

Facilities

The following facilities are located at the Government Huts:

  • a sink with running water (untreated)
  • 6 single bunk beds and mattresses
  • a table
  • a wood heater
  • a woodshed with a blockbuster. Please note you may need to split and collect firewood from the woodshed and carry it to your hut.
  • shared composting toilet facilities

Toilet facilties

The toilet facilities will be cleaned daily. The guests will need to bring any hygiene and cleaning items they require for their stay.

Huts and cleaning

The huts will need to be left clean and free of rubbish as per normal. The huts will be cleaned upon departure.

What to bring

Come prepared as if you were going camping. See the list below for an example of what to bring:

  • Bedding – sleeping bag, pillow, sheet etc
  • Cooking equipment – gas stove, pots and pans, plates and cutlery
  • Lighting – lanterns, headlamp or torches o Fire starters – newspaper or firelighters and matches
  • Food – it’s a good idea to bring extra especially when there is bad weather forecast
  • Food storage – a plastic tub, esky or something similar is a good idea to keep your food safe from the wildlife. If you do not bring something like this, it is best to lock food and rubbish in your car overnight or while the hut is empty.
  • Drinking water – or be prepared to treat the rainwater in the huts
  • Lots of warm clothing – the huts are in an alpine area
  • Hygiene - bring any hygiene and cleaning items required for your stay.

Please note: candles and kerosene are not permitted.

Guest Numbers and social distancing

To remain at 6 per cabin. As huts are booked per cabin and not per person, it will be the responsibility of those with bookings to ensure they maintain and adhere to physical distancing requirements. The only areas that will be limited to maximum numbers of people based on the 1 person per 4m2 are shared areas such as the Telopea Red and Yellow entrance foyer, toilets, and woodshed. Guests will need to ensure they adhere to these at all times.

Keys

It is best to always take your key when you leave the hut as the doors will lock behind you.

Weather

As the Government Huts are located 1040m above sea level, weather can be unpredictable and change quickly, even in summer months. You should be prepared for all types of weather conditions.