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Best Hikes in Wilsons Promontory National Park

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by Amelia Warrandyte (subscribe)
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Published August 20th 2019
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Wilsons Promontory, or The Prom, is Melbourne's most-loved outdoor destination.

With everything from expansive dune systems and clear ocean bays to dense forests and soaring mountains, it is no wonder why this chunk of land is praised by campers, divers, photographers and adventurers alike.

However, perhaps most predominantly, the diverse landscape is admired by bushwalkers and avid hikers. With hundreds of kilometres of trails within, The Prom has enough range to satisfy walkers for weeks on end.

With so many hikes of varying difficulties and lengths, there is sure to be something to satisfy all visitors.

Below are six of the most popular and rewarding hikes of Wilson's Prom.

1. Tongue Point Hike

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The view from Tongue Point.


When recommending walks in The Prom, my go-to is the Tongue Point hike. The 4km one-way trail starting from the Darby River car park exposes some of the most jaw-dropping views in the region.

The end point of the hike is a skinny cape that reaches out into the Bass Strait. On the way there, hikers follow a trail along the mountainside with constant views of the ocean.

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The national park's most rewarding hike.


Halfway along the trail, hikers will also be able to take a detour to Fairy Cove, a small protected bay with orange rocks and clean white sand on the shore.

2. Southern Circuit

If you can secure a few days off of work and are happy to 'rough it', then the Southern Circuit is a must.

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Rainforests on the Southern Circuit.


This network of overnight trails is almost certainly one of Victoria's most beautiful areas. The untouched landscape of rainforests, bush and beach include some of the most spectacular scenery nearby to Melbourne.

Within the Southern Circuit, hikers have the option to pass through Little Waterloo Bay, Sealer's Cove, Oberon Bay and the Wilsons Promontory Lightstation.

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An area that can only be reached by foot or boat.


3. Mount Oberon Hike

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Mountainous views.


For an all-encompassing view of the Western coast of The Prom, climbing Mount Oberon is essential. This well-signposted hike can be accessed from the Telegraph Saddle car park.

The trail to the peak is a steady uphill gravel path. At just 3.4km long, it may sound like a breezy walk, but the increase of elevation makes it rather challenging.

It's popular to hike the mountain in the afternoon, watch the sunset as it falls over the horizon, and then use head torches to walk downhill at twilight.

4. Loo-Ern Track

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The footbridge.


The wheelchair-accessible Loo-Ern Track follows the south bank of Tidal River and links to the picturesque Tidal River footbridge.

The 2km return hike along the boardwalk is a simple and casual stroll beside the estuarine wetland and waterway. It can be found near the Tidal River camping sites, alongside the river itself.

5. Sealer's Cove

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Peaceful Sealer's Cove.


From Telegraph Saddle car park, walkers can embark on a 10km one-way hike to the peaceful Sealer's Cove.

This hike should be considered a 'destination hike', meaning that the purpose is to reach the end point, rather than having multiple points of interest along the way. While the rainforest surrounds are beautiful in their own right, the purpose of the hike is to make it to the beach.

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Resident at the beach.


Beware: the walk is a simple downhill towards Sealer's Cove, but the return is predominantly uphill and can be exhausting.

6. The Big Drift

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The Big Drift.


Lesser known than the popular rugged beaches of Wilsons Promontory is the large dune system near the entrance of the park.

To reach the Big Drift, visitors must hike approximately 2km one way via a specific trail. Once arriving at the dunes, it is a never-ending open region of sandhills.

The area is best visited on a calm weather day, as high winds will make the sandy zone unpleasant. Don't forget to bring a sandboard or large piece of cardboard for downhill dune competitions.

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Ants in the sand.


While these are the most commonly recognised walks in The Prom, there are many other trails for guests to experience.

What's your favourite hike in Wilsons Promontory?
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Why? Experience Melbourne's favourite park by foot.
When: Leave early in the morning to ensure that your walks are completed before dark.
Where: Within Wilsons Promontory National Park.
Cost: The best part about hiking: it's free!
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Most of these hikes ate beyond my capability but there's no arguing that the Prom is a beautiful and unspoiled landscape.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6964) 29 days ago
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