Davis Point hut is in an Special Management Area (SMA) on the east of the island and is a tiny piece of civilisation on a particularly stunning and remote piece of coastline between Davis and Sandell Bays. Used for science and ranger field activities and not as a recreational hut, it has over the years serviced various TasPWS and science programmes, the Cat Eradication Programme and MIPEP, and become a much enjoyed spot for those lucky enough to get there.
Louise Crossley — Davis Point Hut article
The hut was delivered by helicopter on 27 October 1993. Its main purpose was to provide a base for the monthly flotsam survey or “rubbish run” in Sandell Bay, which had been undertaken for several years from Green Gorge… To save money Rod Ledingham came up with the idea of converting a 5000 gallon fibreglass water tank.
Davis Point hut log 7/3/93 — Don Hudspeth and Al Wiltshire
Hope the hut serves you well and provides a comfortable haven in this fantastic wild place.
Davis Point hut log 31/12/94 — Ben, John and Cam
Last day of 1994 and what a spectacular day it was for the three of us here at Davis Pt. All working in the area, in the glorious sunshine and high temperatures. We couldn’t get over the fabulous weather. Happy New Year!
Davis Point hut log 30/02/96 — Rick Besso
God decided to open his lungs today, gee did it blow. The little bucket was moving all morning… Farewell from the Cat Cemetery.
Davis Point hut log 25/11/96 — Cath
What a magnificent bit of coast! Beautiful day — sunny with a nice westerly wind. What a great little hut — the only one on the island with a swimming pool in the back garden. And that wonderful smell of Giant Petrels all around. So peaceful. It doesn’t get much better than this!
Davis Point hut log 8/7/97 — Phil
Phil to Caroline Cove at 9:45am. Big haul from the flotsam survey (3kg). Included two pieces of fibreglass panel which may have come from a wrecked yacht? Taking one piece to VJM — the other big piece is in the cage pallet.
Whilst they seem to get most of the attention, science here on the island is not all plants and animals.
Davis Point hut log 02/10/97 — Bob & Garry
Had a fabulous week here and found the hut invaluable for geological fieldwork, being close to several vital sections. Would like to see the hut upgraded, rather than removed, if possible.
In 1999 the hut was turned to take the front door out of the direction of the prevailing winds, to the confusion of those that came after.
Davis Point hut log 3/4/99 –Andrew L
Turned hut today to take the door out of the weather. Whew — what a job! Hopefully this will be a prelude to construction of a cold porch.
Davis Point hut log 4/4/99 — Sue & Bob
Spent a confused ½ hour trying to get into the hut before finding new door location. Yahoo, what a great new look hut, a fantastic difference not to have the wind blasting in! Well done Andrew!
Davis Point hut log 05/01/00 — Karah and Nathan
Spent the morning discussing earthquakes, uplift rates, mysteries of geology. Sometimes I wonder why anyone would want to study something other than geology.
Davis Point hut log 20/5/00 — KA
KA in for some spotlighting Sandell Bay & RH Bay. First night in the water tank. I feel as though I’m in a caravan in an abandoned seaside park in the middle of winter.
The hut was subsequently upgraded to the newer version with increased living area, storage and an enclosed cold porch as part of MIPEP. The improved hut design could cater for up to three people at a squeeze, but provided an ideal living space for two hunters at a time. Whilst all other huts associated with MIPEP have been removed, the potential value of a refuge hut on this remote coastal section was recognised, hence the decision was made to retain a hut in this location.
The hut is ideally placed for researchers and rangers undertaking burrowing petrel research and vegetation monitoring between Sellick Bay and Rockhopper Point. However, the MIPEP era cold porch constructed of form ply with a roll up vinyl door was never intended to last beyond the rabbit eradication project. A ‘new’ cold porch based on exactly the same design and footprint as the MIPEP version constructed with more weather resistant materials is being scoped for installation for next season.
Louise Crossley — Davis Point Hut article
Perhaps because of its simplicity, Davis Point beings you closer to the untamed nature of Macca than any of the other huts. The shafting sunlight on a stormy sea, the surging kelp and sheeting spray on rocks, the song of the wind and the roar of the waves, the wheeling of petrels and the barking of seals.