Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse walk, Grade 4, 38km

From October 03, 2020 7:00 am until October 04, 2020 5:00 pm

Wilsons Promontory National Park is approximately three hours’ drive from Melbourne. Follow Monash Freeway (M1) to join South Gippsland Freeway (M420/A440) to Meeniyan. Take the Meeniyan-Promontory Road (C444) to the Wilsons Promontory entrance.

Tidal River is a further 30 minutes’ drive from the entrance. Please drive carefully and look out for wildlife. Avoid driving between dusk and dawn. There is no fuel at Tidal River. The closest fuel supplies are at Yanakie, Fish Creek and Foster.

Start Date - Saturday 3rd October 

Finish Date – Sunday 4th October

Start time – 7am

Meeting point – Telegraph Saddle Carpark, Wilsons Promontory Light station

FINISH POINT - TIDAL RIVER, leave a car at tidal river to car pull back to telegraph saddle carpark

Duration of hike – 2 days

Grade 4

Distance - The walk to the Light station is 19.1 km (one way) from Telegraph Saddle car park return via waterloo bay AND OBERON BAY

A return hike of 38km

Car Permit must be obtained from information Centre and displayed on car at Telegraph saddle car park; this is free and can be obtained before by calling information Centre. They will email you permit to print off. You must also ring the tidal river information office to let them know your intentions of hike.

Wilsons Promontory Lightstation.

accomodation for friday night (cabin at tidal river) and sunday night, before and after walk please discuss with leader

Perched on a small peninsula jutting out into the wild seas of Bass Strait, the Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse and its historic residences are the southernmost settlement on the Australian mainland. Adding to its remote appeal, the light station is only accessible by foot, along the Southern Prom Circuit Hikes.

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Click here  - Book overnight stay at the Lighthouse now

Wilsons Promontory Light station was built in 1859 from local granite on a narrow peninsula jutting into the wild waters of Bass Strait. It is located via a 20km scenic hike from Tidal River Village. In the 1800s supplies were delivered to the lighthouse by ship every six months and there was no communication with the outside world. Families, often with children, had the lonely but vital task of keeping the light burning, saving both ships and lives. Today, visitors can taste a little of the lighthouse keeper lifestyle by staying in cottages next to the lighthouse. 

All cottages have shared lounge, dining and bathroom facilities. Kitchens are fully equipped with stove/oven, microwave, fridge, cutlery and crockery. Accommodation is booked per bed, meaning that guests may find themselves sharing a bedroom with others. Each bedroom sleeps 2 or 4 guests in single bunk beds with a mattress and a pillow. Visitors need to supply their own towels and linen or sleeping bags, however, doonas may be hired for an additional charge which you can add to your shopping cart when booking. Check in: 2pm Check out: 10am All hikers must check in at the Visitors centre prior to departing for safety and emergency purposes.

Water supply at Wilsons Promontory Light Station is a limited resource. Water is collected from building roofs into water tanks. Significant rainfall is required to produce enough supply for guest needs. Using less water ensures Wilsons Promontory Light Station continues as an idyllic accommodation destination for all current and future guests. Every drop counts 

Wilsons Promontory Light station is only accessible on foot. To reach the light station, visitors must hike from either Tidal River and via Oberon Bay or from the Telegraph Saddle Carpark. Visitors booked in on any of the overnight hikes at Wilsons Promontory National Park must sign-in at the Tidal River Visitor Centre before setting out 

Day 1: Are we there yet?

Park your car in the Telegraph saddle car park and begin your hike down the Telegraph Track. The Telegraph Track is a single lane, emergency access road that has an easy downhill to start before a few minor climbs coming in to the Roaring Meg camping ground. Continue on this track for 12.2km, passing the Telegraph junction and Halfway Hut before arriving at Roaring Meg. Roaring Meg is a good stop for lunch as the walking difficulty increases after this point.

Once you have refuelled, follow the signs for the Lighthouse via the walking track. The walking track is a skinny donkey track that consists of some fairly serious climbs to start. The walking track extends for 7km with the last 3km offering views of the Lighthouse at multiple lookout points. Finish with a gruelling climb up and on to the peninsula where the Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse sits. Take a look back to see the dense bush that you just conquered. 

  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Distance: 16km
  • Time: 6 hours – Including stops and lunch

Day 2: Waterloo Bay

Say your last goodbyes to the Lighthouse and jump back on to the walking track heading around the East coast. This section of the walking track has some moderate climbs at the beginning. If the rock hopping and pretty surroundings aren’t enough to satisfy, just wait for the lookout that awaits you at the top of the climb.

After walking for 7km you will begin the easy decline down to Waterloo Bay. Waterloo Bay is undoubtedly one of Victoria’s best kept secrets. The Bay features turquoise waters and stunning white sand, all enclosed by large granite rocks and dense bush land. A great stop for lunch.

Continue up the beach for 900 metres and follow the raised grated track to your left off the sand. Walk 4.5km through swampland until you reach the Telegraph Track Junction. The track is well maintained with a raised boardwalk keeping your socks and shoes dry for most of the walk.

Head West on Telegraph junction back via Oberon Bay and finish at Tidal River. 

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: 22km
  • Time: 7 hours – including stops and lunch

 

Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse Hiking Tips:

    • Pack light: Walk with change of clothes, food and water.
    • Invest in a water bladder to drink while walking.
    • Consider purchasing a small hiking pack or large comfortable backpack.
    • Best hiked in mild temperatures.
    • Remember to Check out at the Tidal River Visitor Information centre!
    • Consider booking accommodation in Yanakie or Foster after last day.
    • Bring at least one block of chocolate to enjoy at the Lighthouse after a long day of walking!
    • Start your walk at least six hours prior to sunset. It is essential that all hikers arrive before dark.
    • Try a practice walk of the same length along an undulating bush track whilst carrying a backpack to gauge your ability to walk this distance.
    • Carry sufficient drinking water for your walk.
    • Wear sturdy walking boots and carry a sun hat, sun screen and waterproof clothing.
    • Check the latest weather forecast.
    • Mobile Phone coverage cannot be relied upon.
    • Wilsons Promontory National Park will close on days of declared Code Red Fire Danger for the West & South Gippsland Total Fire Ban District.
  • A maximum two night stay applies to Light station accommodation.
  • You must check-in at the Visitor Centre at Tidal River prior to departure.
  • Check-in time is between 2.00 pm and 5.00 pm and check-out time is 10.00 am.
  • The cottages must be left in a clean and tidy condition.
  • Bring your own sleeping bag or hire a donna $10
  • Alternatively, you can pre-book and pay for a doona through the Visitor Centre prior to arrival but you must bring your own sheets.
  • Pillows and pillowcases are provided.
  • You must supply your own towel, food and drinks. Carry lightweight food and remove excess packaging before you depart.
  • For the enjoyment of others the maximum group size is 12 people.Supplying and servicing the Light station
  • Due to the remote location and lack of vehicle access, the cost of supplying and servicing the Light station is not only considered in dollar terms but also in labor, time and resources.
  • A helicopter carries supplies to the Light station and carries out rubbish and other materials every six months. Some supplies can be taken out by boat however like the helicopter supply, this is totally weather dependent.
  • A diesel generator provides electricity for the Light station. Please help save power – turn off lights when not in use.
  • Gas bottles are the bulkiest and most costly resource transported to the Light station. Wear a jumper before using the heater. Please turn heaters off when not in use.
  • Hard rubbish from the Light station has to be removed by helicopter. Please take your rubbish away for recycling and disposal. “Carry out what you carry in”.
  • Organic waste (food scraps) can be placed in the compost bin, reducing the volume of waste to be taken away.
  • Carry water with you while hiking to the Light station. Water is available when you arrive at the Light station. Please use water wisely during your stay – short showers help.https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/places-to-see/parks/wilsons-promontory-national-park/where-to-stay/wilsons-promontory-lightstationInformation Centre at Tidal River03 8427 2122
  •  https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/bookings/place/wilsons-promontory-lightstation

GRADE 4

Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited. 

WHAT TO BRING - Day Walking

  • Current Medical Information Form - Login first  and then it can be FOUND ON THE WEBSITE HERE 
  • Water - up to 2 litres recommended for a full day walk
  • Sunscreen
  • Gloves and hat
  • Sufficient food bearing in mind the distance and duration of the event 
  • Suitable clothing and footwear - note denim pants are uncomfortable
  • Wet weather waterproofs, jacket and pants
  • Walking poles
  • Gaiters
  • Basic first aid kit including your specific medication eg asthma applicator
  • Torch or headlamp for contingencies

 


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