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    Posted by Gemma Pearson February 15, 2014 - 804 views - 0 comments - 1 like - #Melbourne  #Prom 

    Wilson's Prom is such a beautiful national park in Victoria that is not very well known. In fact I only happened to stumble across it by accident when I was living here in 2005, and by then it was too late to arrange a trip.

     

    My husband and I visited the 'Prom' over Chrismas this year and whilst we were staying in the hostel, every person we met was only planning on spending a day in the park.

     

    Wilso's Prom is home to the famous 'Squeaky Beach'. As you walk on the sand i squeaks and the sand is almost white. The other beaches are also beautiful: Norman Beach, Whisky Bay, Darby Beach and Picnic Bay.

     

    The walks also provide amazing views:

    * Mt Oberon Summit Walk is quite a boring walk up a gravel track, however when you get to the top it is an unbelievable view. Definitely worth it. The walk is also quite shady because of all the tall trees so not bad for a hot day. (I wouldn't recommend it though if there is cloud cover at the top of the mountain

    * Mt Bishop is a good alternative if Mt Oberon has cloud cover. It offers a similar view (not 360 though unlike Mt Oberon) and is a more interesting walk.

    * Another walk that we did was the Darby River to Tongue Point via Fairy Cove. Even though we went at the busiest time of the year for Wilso's Prom it was so quiet and peaceful. You would think you were the only one there.

    * The Lighthouse Walk is a long overnight hike, which I cant wait to do in a couple of weeks. It is going to take us 3 days and 2 nights. Via Sealers Cove, Refuge Cove, Little Waterloo Bay, The Lighthouse (southern most point in mainland Australia), and Oberon Bay. I will post photos once we have done it.

     

    You can camp at Tidal River in Wilson's Prom, but at popular times, e.g., Christmas, Easter, Labour Day Weekend and Melbourne Cup Weekend there is a ballot in order to get accommodation.

    We stayed at a yha in Foster. The town is about 30 minutes from the Prom. It is a little hostel with only 3 rooms and friendly owners. They did seem to be selling it whilst we were there so keep an eye on it if you are planning on staying there. You would also need transport as public transport is either limied or non-existent.

     

    Near Wilson's Prom is Agnes Falls and Tarra Bulga National Park. Worth a look if you are travelling through the area.

     

     

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