Cradle Mountain Day or Overnight walks – Scott Kilvert Hut
At the back of Cradle Mountain is an iconic Tasmanian bushwalking hut.
Iconic because of it’s design and sad history.
Many huts in Tasmania have their history in trapping or mineral exploration. Scott Kilvert has a darker, sad history and was built following a tragedy in 1965 where two people died in horrific weather conditions.
From Monument Australia:
The hut is a memorial to the men who perished in a blizzard in 1965. Student David Kilvert (13) and teacher, Ewen Scott (26) perished in blizzard conditions, at night, in what can only be described as tragic circumstances.
The tragedy occurred when the group became separated in the dark in the poor conditions and Ewen Scott ended up carrying the exhausted David on his shoulders. According to the Search and Rescue team at the time, David fell and broke his back on Hanson’s Peak and though Ewen Scott tried to shelter him, he died of exposure.
Although an extremely fit man, Ewen Scott, in an attempt to reach Waldheim Chalet to alert searchers, collapsed and died, just 200 metres from part of the group that was sheltering in a boat shed.
After the events of 21 May, many people came to the conclusion that, had there been adequate shelter in the Lake Rodway area, the whole group would have been safe, and whilst this would not help those who had lost their lives, a similar tragedy need not occur ever again. To this end the Launceston Walking Club and the Riverside High School Parents & Friends set about building the Scott/Kilvert Memorial Hut
For the very fit and adventurous amongst you, Scott Kilvert Hut can be visited in a day hike from Dove Lake.
Grab the official Parks Tasmania day walk map, plot out your route carefully and be prepared. Take warm clothing, a rain coat, wear strong shoes or boot, take spare food and register you intentions in the day walk book. Remember even a day walk in the Cradle Mountain area can be dangerous. Be careful.
Scott Kilvert is also a great short overnight hike in the Cradle Mountain National Park. You can overnight there accessing it via the Face Track or climbing Hanson Peak or alternatively, walk across the front of Cradle Mountain , via the Overland Track. Once you reach the Lake Rodway intersection, turn left off the Overland Track and head down hill for about one hour to Scott Kilvert Hut. It is an easy one night hike using the Cradle Mountain village as a base but make sure you get the official day walk map.
As mentioned above, you need to be be prepared with clothing, food, cooking and sleeping gear. There are no mattresses or food in any Tasmanian hut. Don’t forget you Tasmanian National Parks Pass, it may be checked by the rangers.