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Kylie’s Hut is an historic hut that was built by local man Ernie Metcalfe for Australian author Kylie Tennant who moved to the area during World War II. Kylie used the hut as a writer’s retreat, no doubt using the stunning scenery of the park for inspiration. Ernie Metcalfe and Crowdy Bay is portrayed in The Man on the Headland.

The hut is in a shady glade and secluded campsites are nestled under nearby trees. It’s a great place for relaxing and maybe a spot of writing. And at the rear of Kylie's Hut is a track to Kylie's beach. You are welcome to have a look inside the hut, but it's not a place for camping in or for campfires. That's what outside is for.


Destinations to explore near Kylies Hut

Photos Courtesy Scott Westlake Photography

Distance & direction from Sydney: 348 Klms N NW

Diamond Head Road, Crowdy Bay National Park, Crowdy Head

 Tel: (02) 6588 5555

Kylies Hut

Historic Site, New South Wales

Crowdy Bay National Park

Kylie Tennant pictured in 1950

Courtesy: The Age Newspaper

Kylie Tennant plaque, Circular Quay, Sydney

Kylie Tennant Later Years

Courtesy: National Library of Australia


Kathleen Kylie Tennant AO

12 March 1912 – 28 February 1988) was an Australian novelist, playwright, short-story writer, critic, biographer and historian. Tennant was born in Manly, New South Wales; she was educated at Brighton College in Manly and Sydney University, though she left without graduating. She was a publicity officer for the Australian Broadcasting Commission, as well as working as a journalist, union organiser, reviewer (for The Sydney Morning Herald), a publisher's literary adviser and editor, and a Commonwealth Literary Fund lecturer. She married L. C. Rodd in 1933; they had two children (a daughter, Benison, in 1946 and a son, John Laurence, in 1951).

Her work was known for its well-researched, realistic, yet positive portrayals of the lives of the underprivileged in Australia. In a video interview filmed in 1986, three years before her death for the Australia Council's Archival Film Series, Tennant told how she lived as the people she wrote about, travelling as an unemployed itinerant worker during the Depression years, living in Aboriginal communities and spending a short time in prison for research.

Two of Tennant's novels, Battlers and Ride on Stranger, set in the 1930s have been made into television mini-series. For more information: Click Here

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