Exploring Sydney's Abandoned Cliff-side Huts

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.




  • another adorable little community destroyed by the government. Same thing happened to the Upper Delaware river communities here in the U.S. Gov said they wanted to buy them to build a dam, then realized the soil wasn't stable enough for a dam. Tore down all the homes and turned it into an underused park. Lovely.

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  • Man... you're a great film maker, no doubt. I'm sure the camera-47 helps

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  • yout channel and "life" reminds me of my childhood when i was not a depressed man travelling to work

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  • Cinematic masterpiece.

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  • I like you... Good job 👍

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  • How will you celebrate your 1 M sub

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  • If you hold a crock shoe to your ear, you can hear this ocean.

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  • 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.

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  • I’ve been watching for ages now and for some reason I haven’t came across this video before

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  • Was this private at some point? Haven’t seen this video once on the channel until now?

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  • Thanks for sharing amazing stories always

    JakulaithWolffJakulaithWolff4 kuukautta sitten
  • This is actually such a beautiful video

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  • Was there a book written about these huts?Thanks in advance.

    Mark GilliesMark Gillies5 kuukautta sitten
  • Hate cruise ships. they destroy coastlines. Ugly garbage... wish people would never use them again

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  • You’re unironically a pretty good cinematographer.

    Dr BrightDr Bright5 kuukautta sitten
  • Is there a 10 hour slowTV version of this same video i can sleep to please mate?

    Tasty HotsauceTasty Hotsauce5 kuukautta sitten
  • just as i was thinking "ahhhh so relaxing" a fucking cruise ship pops in

    Joseph PowerJoseph Power5 kuukautta sitten
  • I came across this channel like 2 weeks ago and I can't stop watching

    Henry BromwichHenry Bromwich5 kuukautta sitten
  • This like some hidden video lol

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  • im halfway through the video and nothing crazy happened, im scared

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  • Boring

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  • Lol that was my cruise ship that was their.

    Blake DevineBlake Devine5 kuukautta sitten
  • am I watching a The Proper People video without knowing?

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  • This vidy must have been filmed with a 4K camera. Very high quality there mate.

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  • Pretty sure this is how a horror movie starts. Or ends because they do things backwards in Australia.

    Master RaffertyMaster Rafferty7 kuukautta sitten
  • For some reason FIstart never showed me this video until now

    Michael NoonanMichael Noonan7 kuukautta sitten
  • Why do they call it the great depression if it was depressing?

    Le FriutLe Friut7 kuukautta sitten
  • Where in Sydney is this

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  • Are you OK

    Joshua TardieuJoshua Tardieu7 kuukautta sitten
  • Stunning video. The scenery is amazing. Love these sorts of videos.

    Forest OasisForest Oasis7 kuukautta sitten
  • 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.😊

    Mark GilliesMark Gillies9 kuukautta sitten
  • really

    rots dog dog kittyrots dog dog kitty9 kuukautta sitten
  • Aren't governments great, folks?

    JustinJustin10 kuukautta sitten
  • 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.

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  • Your content is my meditation dude fr

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  • 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.

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  • 2:40 "People were treated like trash by the government in the 80s and now their things are taken care of..."

    MandragorasMandragoras10 kuukautta sitten
  • 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

    xvspiderxvspider10 kuukautta sitten
  • At first I was like it’d be so cool to explore that then I remembered it was Australia and death is everywhere

    RhythmicTree93RhythmicTree9311 kuukautta sitten
  • What a beautifull, calming piece of heaven. Id love to visit this place one day

    Borat SagdiyevBorat Sagdiyev11 kuukautta sitten
  • The man sure hates storms.

    Eddi HurtaEddi Hurta11 kuukautta sitten
  • Nothing ever abandoned. just slightly not occupied

    Eddi HurtaEddi Hurta11 kuukautta sitten
  • Wow! I visited the same place few months ago and took a video clip fistart.info/tv/videot/yYbZlqxwi8mRx7c.html

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  • Looks like a good smoke spot

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  • It takes prowess to make a video this comfy

    BomeyIsSleepyBomeyIsSleepy11 kuukautta sitten
  • This and then a thumbnail to steel-tole crocs haha

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  • ill explore your hut

    GeorgeGeorgeVuosi sitten
  • what the fuck is australia and how do i get there

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  • Which huts? Deeze Huts

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  • Those would be filled with skag needles if that was in the UK

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  • Now that was some great videography, more sombre and dynamic than i've seen in lots of movies.

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  • Aye. I would have built an impervious castle where the government would have to seige it in order to take it away.

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  • 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: fistart.info/tv/videot/mY2TzK6Pe8-i3Lc.html

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  • You fuckin troglodyte do a video on crab sticks

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  • Abandoned means they were left willingly !

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  • The greatest trick the Australian government ever pulled was convincing their people that it's no longer a penal colony.

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  • My friends parents were some of the hippies that took over and lived in them for a few years before also getting kicked out

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  • I love how they had cctv even back then

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • bloody lovely

    Karl WolfendenKarl WolfendenVuosi sitten
  • 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.

    elhombre73elhombre73Vuosi sitten
  • 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.

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  • If I could be so lucky to stay there for a month ! Awesome

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  • Hey I live near there!! Cool vid mate thanks.

    Soul GoodmanSoul GoodmanVuosi sitten
  • 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!

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  • He did do a thing

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  • At least the people on the private land in Kurnell are still living free

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  • 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

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  • claim squatters rights

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  • Petition to give these people their land back

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  • ...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!

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  • 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

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  • Boring, not exactly in depth. zzzzzzzzzzzz

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  • What’s with the weird sound overlay?

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  • Beautiful! 💙 Cheers from Adelaide

    Saskia GraceSaskia GraceVuosi sitten
  • Its beautiful

    Nathan LamNathan LamVuosi sitten
    • I would love to visit that place am in Queensland

      Nathan LamNathan LamVuosi sitten
    • so nice!

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  • Thanks for a great video , love the history , I'm surprised a government official has not moved in .

    Brook FerringtonBrook FerringtonVuosi sitten
  • Gorgeous

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  • There from the depression and our spineless government moves them on. Our government is nothing but hand puppets for America’s government

    Bradley WhiteBradley WhiteVuosi sitten
    • Kay Doesn’t your PM believe in that QAnon nonsense? I guess in a way that’s been exported from America.

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  • Government ruined it. Say no more. They are experts at that.

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  • I remember when the people in the huts under Dobroyd point where kicked out and thought that the government were bloody miserable.

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • Bro i live so close to thereeeee

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  • THIS IS NEAR BALGOWLAH!! Thats so cool, you live near me ;D

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  • They said what?

    Graeme LastnameGraeme LastnameVuosi sitten
  • I’m so fed up with “governments” ruining people’s lives.

    Kathy BradburyKathy BradburyVuosi sitten
    • @BlackTiger I thought both where one and the same.

      Mark GilliesMark Gillies7 kuukautta sitten
    • Jim Crawford there’s a difference between government and corrupt government... it’s just a shame the latter is so common

      BlackTigerBlackTiger7 kuukautta sitten
    • @QuincyIsCrispy No kidding.The only people they care about is themselves.Nuff said.

      Mark GilliesMark Gillies9 kuukautta sitten
    • Jim Crawford ok fucktard

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    • @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.

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  • Something I would do

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  • 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!!!

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  • fistart.info/tv/videot/x3un0YKGZNKcm9E.html only thing i can say....Ain't Nobody Got Time for That

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  • Not a bad spot

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  • Run buy National Sparks and Wildfires and it burns, never saw that coming. Nice spot, beautiful views

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  • 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.

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  • What's the go with the double audio?

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    • yeh it was my attempt at being artsy

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    • Spirits of the past echoe theme I think mate

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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

    Paul SchmidtkePaul SchmidtkeVuosi sitten
    • Seen that also at the cape . Its got a weird feeling to it a .

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  • I just found my new home. 😆

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