Clarks Huts - Adamsfield Conservation Area

Free Camping - Tasmania

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Adamsfield was once a thriving osmiridium mining settlement with a population of more than 1000 people in Tasmania’s remote south-west. Today there is little left of this once booming town apart from a quiet valley with scattered relics, which are gradually being reclaimed by the bush.

Although remote, the historic settlement can be visited by foot from Clear Hill Road or by 4WD along the Adamsfield Track. 


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.


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.


If you are travelling in a 2WD vehicle you will need to access Adamsfield via the Clear Hill Road. This leaves the Gordon River Road about 3.5 kilometres west of Frodshams Pass. After approximately 17.7 kilometres the junction with the Adamsfield (Morley) track (4WD) is reached. There is a locked barrier at the start of this track. If you walk along the Adamsfield track for approximately 4km you will reach the township site (see no 4 on the map). Allow about two hours for the return walk plus time to explore the relics. If you have a 4WD vehicle you can reach Adamsfield via the Clear Hill Road and Adamsfield track (as described above).


An alternative 4WD access is provided by the Saw Back track. People using this route must be experienced four-wheel drivers with high clearance vehicles. There is a particularly steep and slippery section on the Saw Back track just before it joins the Adamsfield track. The Saw Back track leaves the Gordon River Road 15 kilometres west of Frodshams Pass. It is closed annually from June to October to prevent damage to the fragile mudstone soils. Please be aware that track closures may also be required at other times of the year due to high fire danger or for other management reasons.


There are barriers on both the Saw Back and Adamsfield tracks, as well as the Clear Hill road, which are permanently locked. Therefore, all vehicle based visitors to Adamsfield, including those travelling by motorbike, four-wheel bike or mountain bike, require a permit and a key. You can obtain keys and permits by contacting the Mt Field National Park Visitor Centre. A $300 refundable deposit is charged for the key. The maximum number of vehicles in each group is six. To ensure access it is recommended that you book in advance.


Visitors to Adamsfield do not require a Parks pass


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