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The Darby Saddle to Sparkes Lookout

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by Petite.Capote.Rouge (subscribe)
Undercover wannabe reviewer
Published January 30th 2014
A bit of Middle Earth outside New Zealand
Blue skies, aquamarine water and lush green vegetation is an eyeful at the Darby Saddle. If you are looking for a nice trek this is definitely a good place to go. Located in the beautiful Wilsons Promontory National Park this track winds its way through giant trees teasing us with glimpses of the beautiful scenery that is yet to be revealed.

It just so happened that we watched The Hobbit the night before and the surroundings screamed 'Middle Earth'. It wasn't long before we'd found appropriate walking sticks, or 'staffs' as we called them and named ourselves 'Gandalf', 'Smaug' and 'Dwarf' before starting our adventure. The changing scenery will definitely set your imagination alight as you make your way up the mountain through stringybark and casuarina forest.

For us the end destination was Sparkes Lookout. For those with a little more time and more patience as not wanting to immediately run to the beautiful beaches, the track continues on up to Tongue Point just before the semi-attached island. You will also come across the Lookout Rocks from which you can see out to Norman Island.

After a healthy amount of trekking and satisfying my Nikon's appetite, we reached the turn off to Sparkes lookout after 2.1 Km. As you look back you will see the most amazing view unfolding behind you. We were lucky to have blues skies and sunshine and it looked nothing less than paradise.

At the top, make sure you climb one of the rocks as there are some truly great vantage points on these. The view stretching out towards Rodondo Island and miles of beautiful blue sea from the rounded rock that we decided to heave ourselves onto was truly remarkable. We rested and went crazy with the camera as we explored the rocky outcrop and climbed some more of them before heading back down.

So ended our little walk up Darby saddle but it was good to know that Picnic Bay and Squeaky Beach was waiting below to receive us in its cool waters after our little expedition. I would recommend this as a good track for anyone who is looking for a shorter walk. It only took a couple of hours including resting time and taking pictures. I also think it is better to go in the morning, especially if it is during the height of summer as the trek was nice and cool when we climbed up. The trek up to Sparky's point was not too difficult and was a rather refreshing one. Also it would be good to wear some good walking shoes because I ended up trekking the whole thing in ballet flats, which meant I had to borrow my friend's shoes at the top to climb on to our lookout rock.

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Why? To catch a glimpse of paradise
Phone: 13 1963
Where: Wilsons Promontory Road, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Wilsons Promontory VIC 3960, Australia
Cost: Free
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