Type of appeal: Rejected new submission
Portal title: Mawson's Hut
Location: -36.222003, 148.403346
Reason: Adventurous tourist attraction
This hut is one of many in the Snowy Mountains region maintained by the Kosciuszko Huts Association. Huts like this one provide shelter to bushwalkers and cross-country skiers in the area. The doors are unlocked, and visitors are welcome to stay overnight and use the fireplace, as long as they share the space with others and replace any firewood used.
It was built in 1930, and has been incorrectly associated with Sir Douglas Mawson and the training of his Antarctic dog teams. In reality, it's named after its builder, Herb Mawson, the manager of the Bobundra cattle station. It has since been maintained by the Exclusive Squirrels and later the New Squirrels ski club, and hosts a small library of books.
What this hut lacks in history it more than makes up by its location. Situated halfway between Mt Gungartan and Mt Jagungal (the 18th and 20th highest points on the continent), it's an important checkpoint and point of refuge for walkers undertaking the Australian Alps Walking Track. Unlike many of the other huts, there are no marked trails to or from the hut, access is entirely off-trail, and there are no trails or notable landmarks for kilometres in any direction, which makes the hut more popular with cross-country skiers than walkers.
More info can be found on the hut's listing in the Kosciuszko Huts Association register:http://khuts.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=181:mawsons-hut&catid=83&Itemid=188
Though there is no Street View in the area, the hut is clearly visible on the satellite view at the provided location, as shown in the attached photo. Being located on the public lands of the Kosciuszko National Park, there are no restrictions for public access.