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A Guide to Wilson’s Promontory

After spending lots of time exploring the Great Ocean Road, the Grampians, and Mornington Peninsula we decided it was time to try something new! Wilson’s Promontory had popped up on my Instagram a couple times and then my housemate went for the weekend and the photos he showed me were absolutely beautiful so I decided it had to be out next adventure! It’s about 2 and a half hours drive away from Melbourne so we decided to make the most of it and stay the whole weekend! Depending on how much money you want to spend, there’s Airbnb options in the small towns before Wilson’s Promontory or you can book a campsite in the park. I will warn you you’ll probably drive the same stretch of road many times while you’re there as there’s only one road going in and out of the park. Be very alert while driving because we saw lots of wallabies very close to the road, even one sitting in the middle.

If you’re looking to make a stop on the way, I recommend taking a 10 minute detour to Loch Village. It’s about an hour and a half from Melbourne and it’s the cutest small town; really reminded me of Schitt’s Creek. There’s a small main road and they have really nicely curated shops, a couple busy cafes and a very well priced op shop. Ross ended up getting a really nice vest for only $5 from the op shop and then we got a couple snacks for the road from one of the cafes.

Hike to the summit of Mt Oberon. It’s 4k to get to the summit and I will say the hike itself isn’t the most exciting. For most of the hike you’re walking on a service road and it’s just the last 200m that you have to deal with some rocky stairs. The slightly boring hike is absolutely worth it when you get to the top; you can see all of Wilson’s Promontory and it’s absolutely stunning. This hike is very popular so I would recommend getting there early in the day; we were there on a nice day and the summit started to get crowded around noon.

Hike to Tongue Point. It’s an 8k out and back hike if you park at Darby River and it took us about an hour and 20 minutes to get there and an hour to get back, the way there included lots of stops for photos! You get beautiful views of the coast for most of the hike and there is a decent amount of direct sunlight so definitely bring a lot of water on a sunny day. In my opinion the hardest part of the hike is the first 10-15 minutes, there’s a pretty steady incline and then it starts to level out a bit more. We saw multiple wallabies on the track so make sure you’re paying attention! You can also stop at Fairy Cove if you want to head down to the beach. 

Enjoy a desert experience at the Big Drift. Changes in the landscape and ocean levels created a large sand dune near the entrance of Wilson’s Promontory. You have to walk about 2km to get there and it took us about half an hour to do it. It’s a very easy walk just a bit steep once you start getting close to the end. Be careful when you’re wandering around on the dunes because you could easily get turned around and lose where the track is to get back.

Listen to your own footsteps at Squeaky Beach. The sand on the beach is so fine that it squeaks with every footstep! We had fun walking around on the beach but the real winner for us here was the massive rocks to climb on. We were there at low tide so we got lucky and most of the boulders were out of the water!

Enjoy the view from the lookout at Whisky Bay. When we got to Whiskey Bay we saw a sign for a lookout and Ross wasn’t in the mood to get his feet sandy so we decided to enjoy the beach from the viewpoint. It wasn’t even 10 minutes up to the viewpoint and you could see Skull Rock in the distance. It was cloudy the day we went so we had the whole viewpoint to ourselves!

Reward yourself after all the hiking with some award winning ice cream! We wanted some dessert so we stopped at Foodworks in Yanakie and grabbed some ice cream and after a quick google search I learned the ice cream company has won multiple awards in Australia. They had a lot of fun flavors and it was absolutely delicious, click here if you want to figure out where you can grab some to try!

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