Wilsons Prom – Another Amazing Adventure – Part 2

 

We left Part One at Refuge Cove – my favourite campsite at Wilsons Promintory. From there I started heading up the hill at a fairly leisurely pace. The cloud and broken and for the first time I was hot but not concerned about an incoming rain shower. Towards the top of the big climb out of the cove I found a beautiful flatish rock for lunch in the sun and out of the worst of the wind. A fairly long and unearned break followed as I hadn’t walked far and wasn’t planning on doing so.

Eventually I got my act together, wandered up to the peak and down towards Little Waterloo Bay. I had intended on another short day but when I arrived at the campsite it was packed to the point of overflowing and the only sites left rather damp and boggy so after topping up my water I continued walking. After crossing the creek at the north end of Waterloo Bay the rain returned in full force. A cross between fog, heavy downpours and steam it was way too hot to walk in full rain gear so I walked in a rain coat and boots which would surely have looked silly, but luckily I didn’t come across anyone.

Eventually I made it to half way hut which is my favourite campsite on the prom because no one is ever there.

The next day I plodded along to the light house and very nearly the southern most point of Australia, then back up towards Little Waterloo Bay. As luck would have it it was the ranger change over at the lighthouse again so i still haven’t seen the museum, but perhaps next time I will get a chance.

The sun came out properly on the way to LWB which mean by the time I got to Waterloo Bay beach I was hot and sticky so I took myself for a little swim (again luck no one was there to watch) before setting up camp and enjoying a spectacular sunset from on top of a rock.

In the morning I ate breakfast but discovered Ihad run out of gas so was sadly lacking in coffee. Consequently I decided to walk back to the car and skip a campsite. I marched across to Oberon Bay and desperate for a coffee. While I was having a swimming break I meet a lovely couple hiking with their three kids and they offered to heat water for me that night and in the morning which absolutely saved the last day of my trip Рas I had  marched in and arrived early it meant I could swim and read for the rest of the afternoon.

The next morning I wandered out before heading back to Melbourne for my mates wedding.

Wilsons Promontory – Another Amazing Walk – Part 1

Almost exactly a year after my last adventures at Wilsons Prom I was back down in this amazing national park for another wander. For this adventure I had a mates bucks party at Tidal River (the park’s main campground) and then a week until the wedding back in Melbourne, so rather than driving back up to Sydney I decided to make the most of the opportunity and see how I found a longer walk by myself.

As this adventure started with a two night bucks party (we won’t talk specifics) lets just say I wanted to have an easy start to the trip. Catching the bus from Tidal River up to Telegraph Saddle I started a slow meander down to Sealers Cove. Almost immediately I met a group of walkers who were all members of Friends of the Prom, a local conservation group who mixed bush regeneration and other conservation activities with their love of the outdoors. Happily they let me wander along the amazingly well constructed walking track with them, stopping very regularly to talk about what every plant and rock was. This was both fascinating and welcome given my state of exhaustion.

Eventually I found a little bit of a walking rhythm and left them behind on the descent down to Sealers Cove. The stead rain over the past week had made the track we and boggy, but heading down hill was fine – the Scout group I met coming the other way had different views.

Eventually I made it down to the beach and the campsite. For anyone who is considering going there – take aerogard! After a quick dinner I was in bed well before dark and enjoying a solid 14hrs sleep.

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Monday saw me reluctantly stirring from my slumber to discover a swarm of mosquitos between the inner and fly of my tent. Seriously there were hundreds of the things!

Eventually I got going and made my way to Refuge Cover which has to be one of the best campsites anywhere. It is a sheltered and well protected, with some much interesting stuff just lying around. According to the informative sign there is even a whale skeleton 50m of shore that is visible while snorkelling. Next time I am definitely taking a snorkel and a wet suit because when I got sufficiently tempted to strip off and splash in the water it was way way too cold to swim out 50m!

The next day consisted mostly of sitting around, reading books, and chatting to the interesting people around. It was particularly cool to meet a guy from Launceston who had sailed up in an open topped 16ft skiff by him self and was just camping out until the winds were in the right direction to head home, and a Canadian couple who were gradually working and sailing their way around the Australian coastline.

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Continued in Part Two of this Adventure….