THE YANAKIE HIKE GUIDE
I'M NOT REALLY A HIKER, BUT I LOVE A GOOD WALK
We're not all equipped with overnight packs and hiking boots, are we? It's great just to get outdoors.
I'm not a fan of the word 'beginner', so let's just call these recommended walks 'less taxing'.
THE WALK OF THE WILDLIFE
Level: Super Cruisy
Time: 30 minutes
Start and finish from the Prom Wildlife Walk car park, and you don't need your hiking boots for this one. Take a very nice, easy stroll just meters from the main road. Practice your animal calls and whispers, and you might be lucky enough to see wombats, kangaroos, wallabies - maybe even an emu.
This one is suitable for all, just head to google maps and search 'Wilsons Prom Wildlife Walk'.
THE BIG DRIFT
Distance: 4km+ return
Time: allow 90+ minutes
Located just an easy 2km walk from the Stockyard Campsite, you will find yourself at the bottom of a steep sandy hill. Trek up and over to find yourself at your destination.
This is the Big Drift, an incredibly vast, neverending and stunning sand dunes located in the Northern section of Wilsons Promontory. The kids will be mind blown by the sandscape, so take some time to explore this hidden place, but don’t forget to set a mark on your phone / point of return - it’s easy to get lost!
Level: An easy stroll in squeaky white sand
Distance: 4.2km return
Time: allow for up to around 2 hours
Take a squeaky stroll to Squeaky Beach! There is a 2.1km trail beginning at the Tidal River Footbridge, along the squeaky white sand right up to Squeaky Beach. You will find yourself crossing a river and following the trail until you reach the beach.
If you fancy a cheeky detour, you will see some signs for Pillar Point. It is an extra 600m on your journey, but in my eyes, it’s totally worth it.
TIDAL RIVER TO SQUEAKY BEACH
I KNOW WHAT I'M DOING, AND I'M CHASING AN AMAZING SUNSET
If you're ready for some longer hikes and steeper climbs, this is for you. Especially if you've packed your camera for an incredible sunset.
THE INSTAGRAMMABLE MOUNT OBERON SUMMIT WALK
Level: A little more serious and steep, gravel path
Distance: 6.8km return
Time: allow more than 2 hours
Starting and returning at the Telegraph Saddle car park - this one is a bit steep, but it is ever so rewarding.Hike up the 3.4km to find yourself standing at a stunning viewpoint over Tidal River.
The walk itself may seem mundane, as it is mostly a gravel emergency road - but it is worth it! If you’re lucky enough to be up there on a clear day, the views will stretch quite literally as the eye can see. The car park is closed during summer school holidays, so there is a free Shuttle Bus running from Tidal River.
MILLERS TRACK AND MILLERS LANDING CIRCUIT
THE REAL PROM BEACH TOUR:
DARBY RIVER to FAIRY COVE to TONGUE POINT - AND BACK AGAIN
Distance: 6.8km return
Time: allow yourself more than 2 hours
It’s a longer day walk but it’s not too tricky. There’s a slight climb to get started but then you descend gradually into Tongue Point - and obviously have the opposite of this on your return.
Start at the Darby Saddle Car Park and work your way through stopping off at Fairy Cove, a beautiful hidden beach, then continue on to the absolutely incredible views at Tongue Point.
*If you want to make this one a little shorter, and less intense just drive up to the Darby River Car Park instead of starting at the Darby Saddle Car Park.
Level: Cruisy enough, you’ll be fine in runners (except of course if it’s very slippery and wet)
Distance: 8.5 km return
Time: allow yourself up to 3 hours
Mount Vereker offers a completely different perspective, it's a great walk which rewards you with 360 degree views over the vast and different landscape.
Start at the Five Mile Car Park and follow your way up to the Vereker Outlook. From here, as you head back down you will see a sign pointing in the right direction for ‘Millers Landing’ - follow this track and it will link right back round to the Five Mile Car Park where you started!
I REALLY KNOW WHAT I'M DOING, I WANT TO GET OFF THE GRID.
There are some incredible overnight hikes available in the Wilsons Promontory National Park. I highly recommend exploring these hikes on the Parks Victoria website, they have fantastic information about what is involved, where to park and how to book cabins where necessary.
ESCAPE THE TOURISTS - SEALERS COVE
Level: It’s a moderate hike, with a few steep climbs and skinny sections.
Distance: 20km return
Time: give up to 3-4 hours
If you’re looking to escape tourism or civilisation, this track on the East Coast of Wilsons Prom provides an escape to the stunning turquoise blue water and squeaky white sand of Sealers Cove. Start at the Telegraph Saddle Car Park, 10km to paradise.
THE OVERNIGHT LIGHTHOUSE STAY
Level: This one is for the experienced.
Distance: 19.1km or 23.8km one way
Time: 1-2 night stay
The appeal of the walk to the Lightstation is that feeling of completely remoteness. You can choose to reach the station by one of two routes.
The first is the inland route, starting from Telegraph Saddle Car Park (19.1km one way). The second is the scenic route by Oberon Bay, starting from Tidal River (23.8km one way). For more information on this one, we highly recommend heading to the Parks Vic website.
THE EPIC SOUTH EASTERN CIRCUIT:
SEALERS COVE, REFUGE COVE AND LITTLE WATERLOO BAY
Level: Experience required for this one, make sure you know what you’re doing!
Distance: 35.7km return
Time: allow 10-12 hours, or 1-2 days
Out of all the overnight hikes in the area, this circuit is the most popular. Depending on the hikers fitness and experience, the loop could be completed in 1 day but please note there are some challenging climbs. Starting and finishing at the Telegraph Saddle Car Park. The benefits of this hike are endless, as you become privy to the untouched beaches of Wilsons Promontory. Sealers cove, Refuge Cove and Waterloo are all only accessible by boat if not by foot, and you will find yourself completely immersed in wilderness and isolated in nature.