Exploring Sydney's Abandoned Cliff-side Huts

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In the middle of Sydney Harbour, in a tiny windswept cove in Middle Harbour, unknown to the residents around sit seven ramshackle huts built during the period 1923 to 1963.
Most of the huts at Craters Cove are built mostly from stone and sit precariously perched like a row of detached terraces on the steep, rocky cliffs of Dobroyd Head, the clifftop rocks serving as rustic stone floors. The remaining (wooden) huts are scattered around the clearing that adjoins the cove.
The huts were built at different times. The first lot were built by fishermen in the 1920s who used them for short stayovers while fishing at Craters Cove. In the 1930s they were thought to be permently occupied due to the hardships of the Great Depression. At Crater Cove it was possible escape the harsh economic times by building makeshift dwellings, fishing and growing your own food in carved out vegetable gardens.
Others seeking solitude came to Crater Cove in the 1960s and other huts were built.In the 1970s and 1980s people permanently lived in the huts enjoying what some would describe as an idyllic lifestyle in a setting that boasted million-dollar views - much to the disgust of the many landowners outside the national park who had paid millions of dollars for their harbour view properties.
This situation occurred until 1984, when occupants were forced out by the National Parks & Wildlife Services (NPWS). The evictions followed the NSW Government's declaration of the new Sydney Harbour National Park, which incorporated Dobyoyd Head and Craters Cove. Some of those evicted took their case to the High Court of Australia, claiming there had been permanent occupation of the huts since the 1970s and recreational use since the 1930s. They further backed their claims in arguing that, by living there, they were acting as custodians and carers for the huts and the cove. The High Court decided in favour of the government and the evictions upheld.
The huts have been boarded up since the '80s and a team of volunteer "guardians" now work with the NPWS to watch over the huts and maintain the surrounding area. The huts remain a "secret" of Sydney's history and relatively few Sydneysiders have visited or seen the huts. Many do not even know of their existence. Occasionaly, articles appear in newspaper articles with pictures of the huts.

The lack of awareness of the huts' existence is not so much because they are situated in a remote location within a national park, but rather because they are neither promoted nor publicised by the NPWS. The path leading to the huts, Crater Cove Walking Track, is deliberately not signposted. People, generally, are not encouraged to go there.
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Sir Daniel Fortesque
Sir Daniel Fortesque - 4 dager siden
If you hold a crock shoe to your ear, you can hear this ocean.
Vitabrick Snailslime
Vitabrick Snailslime - 22 dager siden
This, and some others like it are beautiful but melancholy places. The last residents were hippies. Of course, lots of people complain about heartless governments, real estate valuations and all the rest. But for anyone who's lived for a while, and witnessed the endless mad development of cities, you have to consider where this would end. Sydney is blessed by many reserves. And those bush areas adjacent to these are under constant pressure. If people were allowed to enjoy this "freedom", you can bet your bottom dollar that every gully and ridge in every reserve and national park would have thousands of shacks in them. Rather than going for a bush walk, you could enjoy a visit to shanty town. They simply had to go.
Lincoln McCall
Lincoln McCall - Måned siden
I’ve been watching for ages now and for some reason I haven’t came across this video before
BigHoff24 - Måned siden
Was this private at some point? Haven’t seen this video once on the channel until now?
JakulaithWolff - 2 måneder siden
Thanks for sharing amazing stories always
BabyLune_MS03 - 2 måneder siden
This is actually such a beautiful video
Mark Gillies
Mark Gillies - 2 måneder siden
Was there a book written about these huts?Thanks in advance.
See What I Can Do?
See What I Can Do? - 2 måneder siden
Hate cruise ships. they destroy coastlines. Ugly garbage...
wish people would never use them again
Dr Bright
Dr Bright - 2 måneder siden
You’re unironically a pretty good cinematographer.
Tasty Hotsauce
Tasty Hotsauce - 2 måneder siden
Is there a 10 hour slowTV version of this same video i can sleep to please mate?
Joseph Power
Joseph Power - 2 måneder siden
just as i was thinking "ahhhh so relaxing" a fucking cruise ship pops in
Henry Bromwich
Henry Bromwich - 3 måneder siden
I came across this channel like 2 weeks ago and I can't stop watching
Piotr - 3 måneder siden
This like some hidden video lol
Maithily m
Maithily m - 3 måneder siden
im halfway through the video and nothing crazy happened, im scared
Teddy clones
Teddy clones - 3 måneder siden
Blake Devine
Blake Devine - 3 måneder siden
Lol that was my cruise ship that was their.
Vladimir Barbu
Vladimir Barbu - 4 måneder siden
am I watching a The Proper People video without knowing?
Ben Ben 49
Ben Ben 49 - 4 måneder siden
This vidy must have been filmed with a 4K camera. Very high quality there mate.
Master Rafferty
Master Rafferty - 4 måneder siden
Pretty sure this is how a horror movie starts.
Or ends because they do things backwards in Australia.
Michael Noonan
Michael Noonan - 4 måneder siden
For some reason YouTube never showed me this video until now
Le Friut
Le Friut - 4 måneder siden
Why do they call it the great depression if it was depressing?
machine gunn
machine gunn - 4 måneder siden
Where in Sydney is this
Joshua Tardieu
Joshua Tardieu - 4 måneder siden
Are you OK
Forest Oasis
Forest Oasis - 5 måneder siden
Stunning video. The scenery is amazing. Love these sorts of videos.
Mark Gillies
Mark Gillies - 6 måneder siden
Was there a book published on the history of these huts?If so,whete can i (and possibly others) obtain them?Thanks heaps in advance.😊
rots dog dog kitty
rots dog dog kitty - 6 måneder siden
Solitary confirmed Shitzophrenic
The best place to live if you’re homeless
Justin - 7 måneder siden
Aren't governments great, folks?
Brendon Ghrist
Brendon Ghrist - 7 måneder siden
Wow, an emotionally moving video of people going into abandoned areas instead of playing a stupid game of hide and seek while talking about how they would be in so much trouble "if they got caught" for thirty minutes straight with no educational value.
Homie D
Homie D - 8 måneder siden
Your content is my meditation dude fr
tcb268 - 8 måneder siden
There's a news story today on the ABC that mentions "keeping the location secret".
Good luck with that, any fool on the Manly ferry can see these shacks.
I used to go there as a kid, after annoying the naked folks at Reef beach.
Good times.
Mandragoras - 8 måneder siden
2:40 "People were treated like trash by the government in the 80s and now their things are taken care of..."
xvspider - 8 måneder siden
are u allowed to go inside the huts? i would love to explore this place but i don’t want to be disrespectful and do something that i’m not supposed to
RhythmicTree93 - 8 måneder siden
At first I was like it’d be so cool to explore that then I remembered it was Australia and death is everywhere
Han Solo
Han Solo - 8 måneder siden
What a beautifull, calming piece of heaven.
Id love to visit this place one day
Eddi Hurta
Eddi Hurta - 8 måneder siden
The man sure hates storms.
Eddi Hurta
Eddi Hurta - 8 måneder siden
Nothing ever abandoned. just slightly not occupied
tepxte - 8 måneder siden
Wow! I visited the same place few months ago and took a video clip
ARintheseatSESH - 8 måneder siden
Looks like a good smoke spot
BomeyIsSleepy - 8 måneder siden
It takes prowess to make a video this comfy
Dooter Snooter
Dooter Snooter - 8 måneder siden
This and then a thumbnail to steel-tole crocs haha
George - 10 måneder siden
ill explore your hut
Y-Voice - 10 måneder siden
what the fuck is australia and how do i get there
lasieisbaer - 10 måneder siden
Which huts?

Deeze Huts
Freedom Of Motion
Freedom Of Motion - 11 måneder siden
Those would be filled with skag needles if that was in the UK
mody osman
mody osman - 11 måneder siden
Now that was some great videography, more sombre and dynamic than i've seen in lots of movies.
Glitchy Glitches
Glitchy Glitches - 11 måneder siden
Aye. I would have built an impervious castle where the government would have to seige it in order to take it away.
Sunday Explorer
Sunday Explorer - År siden
I visited the same huts last month. Amazing place, a time capsule! You can see in my video that the entrance to the track isn't really hidden at all anymore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4X1jyXGmixQ
Beef Ramen
Beef Ramen - År siden
You fuckin troglodyte do a video on crab sticks
Entertainment Channel OZ
Abandoned means they were left willingly !
blackflag 33rd
blackflag 33rd - År siden
I love the name..."I did a thing"...classic Strayin.
Greichen - År siden
The greatest trick the Australian government ever pulled was convincing their people that it's no longer a penal colony.
Stop Go
Stop Go - År siden
Yep. Convicts don't pay stamp duty and rates.
herdum derdum
herdum derdum - År siden
My friends parents were some of the hippies that took over and lived in them for a few years before also getting kicked out
ThvtSyDneYlyf3th0 - År siden
I love how they had cctv even back then
Robert Andrew
Robert Andrew - År siden
The huts are not ‘abandoned’ by a long shot. They are maintained by caretakers, mostly relatives of the original dwellers who were recreational fisher folks. During the depression some moved in on a semi-permanent basis. National Parks regularly have staff on duties there and about and keep track of the comings and goings. The huts, which have a heritage status now, were built in the first iteration from materials at hand, flotsam, local sandstone etc. There has been plenty of continuity from the original families to this day.
M A - År siden
free realestate on prime costal water front location? ohhhhh helll nahhhh dawggg wait for the gov to clean those out and use the bush fires as an excuse
Karl Wolfenden
Karl Wolfenden - År siden
bloody lovely
elhombre73 - År siden
Evicted by the Govt, the real parasites of Australian society...
If it was my shack they were taking me out of I'd make sure to burn that thing to the ground before I was moved.
Roland Elliott
Roland Elliott - År siden
And there are many more like this right up and down the coast line of southern NSW. They have all been taken by the nationsl parks.
neil Emerson
neil Emerson - År siden
willy Wilson
willy Wilson - År siden
If I could be so lucky to stay there for a month ! Awesome
Paul Rogaris
Paul Rogaris - År siden
Hey I live near there!! Cool vid mate thanks.
TRics - År siden
Beautiful northern beaches Sydney❤️ they also killed and moved on a lot of the aboriginal tribes that lived in freshwater/manly it's a shame what the government has done!
mgng 1
mgng 1 - År siden
He did do a thing
kharnifex - År siden
At least the people on the private land in Kurnell are still living free
My name A.n.s.s
My name A.n.s.s - År siden
They are kicked out There is a whole bunch of houses little shacks like that in our national forest places like that along our coast that have been taken back by the government and they didn’t get paid anything they just got told to leave
Indi - År siden
claim squatters rights
Ryan Jones
Ryan Jones - År siden
Petition to give these people their land back
Kill Mr Darcy
Kill Mr Darcy - År siden
...The thing is that they're NOT abandoned, while people live in them and around the immediate area (subsequent free standing shacks that were built afterwards). Good luck with trying to check the huts out up close; you'll be very impolitely told to piss off!
talleyrand - År siden
If Parks and wild life get involved that the end of it educated idiots, just look at National parks,  any  water front old forts  the list goes on and on A university degree to pull out weeds   but they never do look at any National park and its a weed heaven along with vermin 2 and four legged OH and one must be of fluid gender
The Curious Mind
The Curious Mind - År siden
2:29 🤪 WHITE SPIDER FLOWERS! I love you Aussies, but it's looking like even y'all's plants creep around stalking people, too and not just your crazy animals! I may just stay here in the mountains of Virginia, where I know exactly what can eat me out here 😂. Dude, I'm glad you re-uploaded this video. I would've never known anything like these treasures were over there. Thank you for sharing it with all of us!
Andy - År siden
Boring, not exactly in depth. zzzzzzzzzzzz
deoeers - År siden
What’s with the weird sound overlay?
Saskia Grace
Saskia Grace - År siden
Beautiful! 💙 Cheers from Adelaide
Nathan Lam
Nathan Lam - År siden
Its beautiful
Nathan Lam
Nathan Lam - År siden
I would love to visit that place am in Queensland
I did a thing
I did a thing - År siden
so nice!
Brook Ferrington
Brook Ferrington - År siden
Thanks for a great video , love the history , I'm surprised a government official has not moved in .
7hilladelphia - År siden
Bradley White
Bradley White - År siden
There from the depression and our spineless government moves them on. Our government is nothing but hand puppets for America’s government
Stephen Brown
Stephen Brown - 11 måneder siden
Kay Doesn’t your PM believe in that QAnon nonsense? I guess in a way that’s been exported from America.
Kay - År siden
Most americans aren't too fond of our government either, but for whatever reason, I can't get these lazy shits off the couch long enough to fix it.
Darren C
Darren C - År siden
Government ruined it. Say no more. They are experts at that.
Steve Lawrie
Steve Lawrie - År siden
I remember when the people in the huts under Dobroyd point where kicked out and thought that the government were bloody miserable.
jeff piper
jeff piper - År siden
well made and would have taken a lot of work especially humping all those bags of cement needed ,had heard about these and other harbour fishing huts since was a kid but never seen them .. thanks
ygg drasil
ygg drasil - År siden
Nice video. Great job. Normally I don't like music in factual doco-style films but this wasn't intrusive but helped create the atmosphere.
Lone star
Lone star - År siden
Beautiful clip spoilt by that alien sounding voice!
Bro i live so close to thereeeee
Reegan - År siden
THIS IS NEAR BALGOWLAH!! Thats so cool, you live near me ;D
Graeme Lastname
Graeme Lastname - År siden
They said what?
Kathy Bradbury
Kathy Bradbury - År siden
I’m so fed up with “governments” ruining people’s lives.
Mark Gillies
Mark Gillies - 5 måneder siden
@BlackTiger I thought both where one and the same.
BlackTiger - 5 måneder siden
Jim Crawford there’s a difference between government and corrupt government... it’s just a shame the latter is so common
Mark Gillies
Mark Gillies - 6 måneder siden
@QuincyIsCrispy No kidding.The only people they care about is themselves.Nuff said.
TheMuffin - 7 måneder siden
Jim Crawford ok fucktard
QuincyIsCrispy - 10 måneder siden
@Jim Crawford I agree. But there still needs to be some kind of order. That being said, the power governments have nowadays is fucking ridiculous.
dj red hare aus
dj red hare aus - År siden
Something I would do
Slav Defendov
Slav Defendov - År siden
Mate ive never heard about this.
Im grabbin my misus by the hand and a bong and im heading down to these abandon shacks this weekend.
Bong on Lads!!!
valentinbeholder - År siden
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFEoMO0pc7k only thing i can say....Ain't Nobody Got Time for That
KM07 - År siden
Not a bad spot
Shane Von Harten
Shane Von Harten - År siden
Run buy National Sparks and Wildfires and it burns, never saw that coming.
Nice spot, beautiful views
Jess taunton
Jess taunton - År siden
Before reading the information I was thinking to myself about how I have never heard of this gem and that it was so well kept I thought it had to be on a private residence!
I’m both happy and sad you’ve uploaded this video because now I have a new adventure to go on this weekend and not so happy because now a lot more people know , I just hope everyone can remain respectful and not trash the place.
Res7 - År siden
What's the go with the double audio?
I did a thing
I did a thing - År siden
yeh it was my attempt at being artsy
K A - År siden
Spirits of the past echoe theme I think mate
Craig Kaschan
Craig Kaschan - År siden
Fuck the government that’s what is wrong with Australia everyone let’s people push them around. Standup for yourselves don’t bow down to the nanny state. Fight back you weren’t hurting anyone staying there. Australian politicians are pussies only tough with their police protection and bodyguards all funded by the taxpayers
Kit Kat
Kit Kat - År siden
The Auz govt is now fascist, they're not for the people, they work for the elite & corporate control. Why evict people? We'll soon see that area with high rise crappy flats.
Paul Schmidtke
Paul Schmidtke - År siden
Reminds me of a completely abandoned wilderness lodge right at the tip of cape York when I went there about 30 yrs ago ,, it once was a beautiful place but completely neglected and abandoned ; be interested if anyone has anymore info on the place
religion is poison
religion is poison - År siden
Seen that also at the cape . Its got a weird feeling to it a .
Marina Holmes
Marina Holmes - År siden
I just found my new home. 😆
Lucy Loose
Lucy Loose - År siden
Beautiful to see it untouched
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