Racing Through Wilsons Prom

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Little Oberon Bay
Despite us commenting beforehand that a two-day hike in the solitary confines of Wilsons Promontory National Park, sandwiched between stays in busy Melbourne and Sydney, would be a spot of light relief, it was in fact going to turn out to be one of the most stressful, and perhaps our biggest, adventure yet.

We had spoken to the park beforehand to arrange a night's stay in the Lighthouse Keeper's Cottages, halfway on our two-day trip. It was meant to be a good place to chill out before another hard day's hiking the next day. To get to the Prom, as it's known to Aussies, there isn't much in the way of public transport, and none to Sydney, so we chose to rent a car for a couple of days.
Little Oberon Bay


Driving the Nissan compact was the first time I had driven an automatic. Unsurprisingly, it didn't prove much of a problem. Neither did getting used to Australia's roads, although getting used to giving way to cars behind you when turning right at crossroads took some getting used to, as did the strange voice giving traffic information when gridlocked in tunnels around Melbourne centre. There was also a couple of comedy moments where hitting the indicator actually turned into a rapid flurry from the windscreen wipers.

We were told it would take about 90 minutes to a couple of hours to get down to the Prom on Australia's southernmost coast. Perhaps because of the Grand Prix, it took us close to five hours. This already meant we were going to walk very fast if we were to get to the lighthouse, the halfway point, before it got dark.
Mount Oberon
At the visitor centre we were advised to walk down the Telegraph Track, a park maintenance road, to get there fastest. Stubbornly, however, I didn't intend to drive all that way not to see the coastal walks that are the highlight of the park, so we took a longer route round the coast, at Oberon Bay. In the sweltering 2:00pm heat, we began an energy-zapping ascent. Some beautiful scenery made it worthwhile, but I don't think I had worked out the sums in my head at this point. When we saw a marker telling us how far we had walked I got quite a shock. 11km gone and 13 to go. At 6pm. Two hours left of light to go more than half the distance. We had to walk like maniacs.

At around seven we were storming through the kilometres but still struggling to beat the sun. As it got darker, we weren't even too fussed about the kangaroos that were leaping around the trail either side of us.
Darkness falls
Thankfully, we remembered our torch and spent only half an hour using it in the dark. With 3km to go, we saw the lighthouse, and it was a great sight. We were so happy to get to the comfy cottage and have the nicest beans on toast I've ever had and sit by the fire, even knowing we had to walk the same distance again the next day.

After a 6:00 start, we took a slightly different route, going via Waterloo Bay. We had to catch a bus at 9:00 that night and knew that we had to get going quick and hope there wasn't too much traffic if we were to make it. Walking across the sand was hard enough, but with the bulk of our camping gear on my back and on what turned out to be a wet, cold and depressing day, it seemed a very long and hard return leg. With blisters all over our feet and feeling exhausted, having walked 48km in under 24 hours, we were happy to get into the warmth of our Nissan, this time with a couple of German women we had met on the way back who wanted a lift to Melbourne, one of whom was cultivating a remarkable moustache but was also keen to pay for our petrol on the way home.
The track from the lighthouse


Arriving with plenty of time before our overnight bus, we thought there might be a cruel twist when our bus hadn't arrived after half an hour of waiting. Luckily, our Desperate Dan lookalike driver was just trying to stress us out a bit before the highly unpleasurable overnight journey up the coast.
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Little Oberon Bay
Little Oberon Bay
Little Oberon Bay
Little Oberon Bay
Mount Oberon
Mount Oberon
Darkness falls
Darkness falls
The track from the lighthouse
The track from the lighthouse
Normans Point
Norman's Point
While we were still smiling
While we were still smiling
Oberon Bay
Oberon Bay
Wheres this lighthouse?
Where's this lighthouse?
Walking along the beach
Walking along the beach
The bay
The bay
An ant reducing a fly. Epic smackd…
An ant reducing a fly. Epic smack…
An early start
An early start
Youve been warned
You've been warned
No, wont budge
No, won't budge
The lighthouse from afar
The lighthouse from afar
Waterloo Bay
Waterloo Bay
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