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The secret huts overlooking Sydney Harbor that you never knew existed

Sydney’s best kept secret: hidden track near a popular lookout leads to eight mysterious cabins overlooking the harbor – but the government doesn’t want you to know where they are

  • Nestled in deep bushland in Sydney Harbor are eight secluded empty cabins
  • The huts were built around 100 years ago and were once home to squatters
  • The NSW government is desperate to keep the site secret for fear of vandals
  • But those who have spent time there are desperate to keep the heritage alive

For nearly a hundred years, a collection of remote and derelict huts has a view of Sydney Harbor, but few know they even exist.

Nestled between bushland on the edge of a cliff near a popular lookout, eight small huts that were built for fishermen in the early 1920s are now relatively untouched.

They were once home to squatters and hippies who lived rent-free, while homeowners were stuck around them for the same views.

But the squatters were eventually ejected by the NSW government in the 1980s and the country was designated as a national park.

The huts that were once full of life are now locked up and those who have visited the houses on the heritage list for years struggle to keep the site alive.

Nestled between bushland along a cliff in Sydney harbor are eight secluded cabins

Nestled between bushland along a cliff in Sydney harbor are eight secluded cabins

Many do not know that the cabins are even there because there are no indications or indications

Many do not know that the cabins are even there because there are no indications or indications

Many do not know that the cabins are even there because there are no indications or indications

Hidden gem: the huts are located along the edge of a cliff in Sydney Harbor, but the authorities want the exact location to remain secret

Hidden gem: the huts are located along the edge of a cliff in Sydney Harbor, but the authorities want the exact location to be kept secret

Hidden gem: the huts are located along the edge of a cliff in Sydney Harbor, but the authorities want the exact location to remain secret

Alida Hazelgrove spent almost every weekend visiting the cabins in the 1980s and was deeply saddened when she saw garbage and human feces lying on the floor when she visited them this week.

“What a mess, that’s really sad to see,” she told the ABC.

The government has chosen to keep the site secret and there is no signage on a nearby track to indicate where the huts are – making it impossible to find them without prior knowledge.

Thousands of people walk the picturesque bush path every week, unaware of the fact that one of Sydney’s hidden gems lies beneath them.

Mrs. Hazelgrove now hopes that the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will introduce guided tours of the heritage site to keep the ‘magic’ of the huts alive.

“It was like traveling away from the normal world to a magical place … total privacy,” she said.

The NSW government has kept the existence of the huts secret and the doors and windows have been closed

The NSW government has kept the existence of the huts secret and the doors and windows have been closed

The NSW government has kept the existence of the huts secret and the doors and windows have been closed

A nearby hiking trail surrounds the huts, but many do not know that one of Sydney's hidden gems is directly below them

A nearby hiking trail surrounds the huts, but many do not know that one of Sydney's hidden gems is directly below them

A nearby hiking trail surrounds the huts, but many do not know that one of Sydney’s hidden gems is directly below them

She said she did not want the cabins to be a “toilet” because they were afraid they would be destroyed, nor did they want to be kept in the dark.

“It can’t just be this huge question mark, because that’s it right now,” Hazelgrove said.

The huts were built between 1923 and 1963 and were made of stone, driftwood and had iron plates for the roof.

Most of the buildings are located next to each other as terrace houses and were first built to accommodate fishermen.

Photos reveal the life squatters who once lived on the now protected heritage site

Photos reveal the life squatters who once lived on the now protected heritage site

Photos reveal the life squatters who once lived on the now protected heritage site

People can visit the huts if they can find them, but have no access inside

People can visit the huts if they can find them, but have no access inside

People can visit the huts if they can find them, but have no access inside

A group of volunteers are now looking over the cabins that overlook Sydney Harbor

A group of volunteers are now looking over the cabins that overlook Sydney Harbor

A group of volunteers are now looking over the cabins that overlook Sydney Harbor

It is also believed that people used them as a home during the Great Depression and that one man, Simon Flynn, lived in one for 18 years.

The residents were eventually forced to go out in 1984 and a team of volunteers now watches over the huts.

The NPWS are desperate to give the cabins a low profile with the fear that they can be flooded with vandals.

There are conflicting signs outside the cabins with one saying “Do not enter” while the other says “Welcome.”

The cabins are available to visit, but only for those lucky enough to find them.

An NPWS spokesperson told Daily mail Australia that the cabins were “an important part of Sydney’s heritage.”

‘Local volunteers help the NPWS maintain the cabins. Vandalism, abuse and damage are relatively rare, “said the spokesperson.

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