02 January 2021

Around Cradle Mountain

 Walked the Overland Trail from the start at Ronny Creek car park on Cradle Mountain Road in Cradle Valley to the turnoff for the Scott Kilvert Memorial Hut via Crater Waterfalls, Marions Lookout and Kitchen Hut. 

Map of Cradle Mountain area taken in Rangers Hut (emergency shelter).

Photographing Crater Falls and Dove Lake.

Lake Dove & Mt Campbell from Marions Lookout,  Cradle Mtn and Barn Bluff from the OT

The walk from the Overland Track to the hut was a killer downhill and also the park authorities had directed all the Overland Track first nighters down to the hut too.  Apparently the Waterfall Valley hut is being refurbished.  First time I (Allan) have seen the south side of the Cradle Mountain ridge.

Benson Peak from Lake Rodway Track and
Scott-Kilvert Memorial Hut with tent platforms and Lake Rodway.

Day 2 of the overnight circumnavigation of Cradle Mountain and we decided not to go up the Cradle Mountain peak, but went down the Twisted Lake back track instead.

Flynns Tarn, Lake Rodway and Mt Emmett from the Rodway Track
Twisted Lakes and Mt Campbell from the track

There were more steep downhills and we were back to Dove Lake car park for the last bus out with 20 minutes to spare. Will be lazy tomorrow to recover from a hard two day walk.
Lake Dove and Cradle Mt in the early evening.