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Wilsons Prom Lightstation & Gippsland Trek

Park Trek Walking Holidays - 5 days

  • Wilsons Prom Lightstation & Gippsland Trek
  • 5 days / 4 nights
  • Max. group: 10 Persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
Overview
Route
What's Included
Accommodation
Meals
FAQ
Packing List
Safety
Park Trek Walking Holidays
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Overview

> Visit Wilsons Promontory National Park
> Enjoy magnificent views over the peninsula
> Spend your kights in comfortable lodges

Our revamped Wilsons Promontory and Gippsland trip offers an outstanding opportunity for walkers to explore this beautiful part of Victoria – from the forest of Tarra Bulga National Park to the wild coast of Wilsons Prom and the magnificent vistas on the Bass Coast.

Stay in a guest house amongst the tall trees in Tarra Bulga National Park on the edge of the Strzelecki Ranges, experience a little of a lighthouse keepers lifestyle in the lightstation cottage at Wilsons Prom and relax in the delightful lodge accommodation at Tidal River.

Walk to the southern most tip of the Australian mainland at the Wilsons Prom Lightstation and discover the beauty of Little Oberon Bay, Squeaky beach and climb the summit of Mount Bishop. We finish this gorgeous tour with a cliff top walk along the panoramic George Bass Coastal Trail in Kilcunda.

Route

What's the plan?

Day 1: Tarra Bulga National Park 8 km walking (easy to moderate) – approximately 3.5 hours

Point of Departure:
Our Park Trek guides will collect you from outside the National Gallery of Victoria, St Kilda Road at 7.30.am on the day of departure. We will be in a Park Trek branded mini-coach with a green trailer. Your Park Trek guides will drop you back to the same location upon completion of the tour around 5 pm. 

From the National Gallery we make our way to the idyllic country village of Trafalgar, approximately 1.5 hours’ drive, for morning tea. Then it’s a further 1 hour to reach our destination at Tarra Bulga Guest House.

The first walk of the day in the National Park is the delightful Corrigan suspension bridge, a short walk which begins at the visitors centre. This bridge stretches through the rainforest canopy, offering spectacular views of the lush fern gully on the forest floor below.  

Lunch is enjoyed in the picnic area before we head out for our afternoon walk. The 6.8 km Forest Track walk begins via the Lyrebird Ridge Track and completes a circuit back to the visitors centre. It winds through Mountain Ash forest, a rainforest gully and an unusual thicket of Hazel Pomaderris.    

This evening we organise our overnight packs and food that we will take into the Wilsons Prom Lightstation tomorrow.  

Meals: Lunch and dinner 
Accommodation: Tarra Bulga Guest House

Day 2: Telegraph Saddle to Wilsons Prom Lightstation 19 km (moderate to hard) – approximately 7 hours walking including breaks

The highlight of our walk is into the Wilson's Prom Lightstation. For this component of the tour guests will need to carry their own food and personal belongings in and out of the Lightstation. We recommend a pack size of around 50 litres for this portion of the walk.

After breakfast at the Lyrebird Café we set out early for a 2-hour drive to Wilsons Promontory National Park where we embark on the unique walk to the Lightstation. What makes this destination so unique is the fact that it is only accessible by foot.   

All of the guest main cases will remain locked in the Park Trek trailer which will be left at Tidal River while we are at the Lightstation. Guests will carry their overnight packs with clothing, personal belongings and food for the overnight stay. 

We take the inland route beginning at Telegraph Saddle and walk just over 6 kms to Telegraph Junction. Continuing along the Telegraph track we reach the Halfway Hut which is our lunch destination. There are composting toilets available for use if needed.  

We continue on past Martins Hill, to Roaring Meg, a popular campsite used by overnight trekkers. From here it’s another 6km to the Lightstation. The track opens up the closer we get to the Lightstation, offering magnificent views over the peninsula, with the sheer isolation of the Lightstation becoming apparent.   

From its point on the peninsula the Lighthouse commands almost 360-degree views of tumultuous Bass Strait waters.  

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner 
Accommodation: Lightstation cottages 

Day 3: 20.6 km via Waterloo Bay (moderate to hard) – approximately 8 hours walking

After breakfast we repack our backpacks and depart the Lightstation for the return journey to Tidal River. Today we take a slightly different route offering iconic Wilsons Promontory coastal views for the first 10 km of the walk across Waterloo Bay. Morning tea and lunch is enjoyed along the track, before we head inland towards Telegraph Junction. From here the track winds its way back to Telegraph Saddle.   

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner 
Accommodation: Tidal River lodge.  

Day 4: Little Oberon Bay and Mount Bishop 15.6 km (moderate to hard) – approximately 6.5 hours walking

After breakfast and lunch making we begin our walk to Little Oberon Bay. This track hugs the coast from Tidal River where it climbs over Tea Tree shrouded sand dunes to the southern end of Norman Beach. The track continues across Norman Point into Little Oberon Bay. The walk provides spectacular views across Wilsons Promontory National Park to the Glennie Island groups. 

We head back to the comfort of the lodge at Tidal River for lunch and a break from the trail. 

In the afternoon we head to the Mount Bishop summit track, This return walk is a challenging trek with a wonderful reward at the end. The views from the granite bolder plateau are breathtaking, with a sweeping vista over the Proms west coast and offshore islands, and well worth the rocky scramble near the summit to get there.  

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Tidal River lodge 

Day 5: Squeaky Beach and George Bass Coastal Walk 10 km (easy to moderate) – approximately 3 hours walking

After breakfast and lunch making we depart Tidal River Lodge for a leisurely walk from Tidal River, climbing up and over the bushy headland before descending into the stunning Squeaky Beach. As its name suggests, Squeaky Beach squeaks when walked on. This is due to the ultra-fine quartz particles, all of which are the similar size and shape.

Our second Park Trek guide will greet you in the carpark and transport you to Kilcunda where we stop for lunch at the Kilcunda General Store (guest own expense) before beginning the George Bass Coastal Walk to San Remo.  

This gorgeous walk offers panoramic coastal views from a narrow winding path, along cliff tops rising high above the pounding surf of Bass Strait. Mid afternoon we make our way back to the Melbourne, arriving at the National Gallery of Victoria around 5pm.  

Meals: breakfast (lunch is at guest own expense)

Flights: If you are planning to fly out at the completion of the tour, we suggest you book a flight no earlier than 6.30pm. This allows enough time to make your way to the airport to catch your flight.

What's Included

Included:

√ Transport
Transport which includes collecting from Melbourne and returning back is included. We use a comfortable 12-seater mini coach with a trailer attached for luggage. Plus, we use the coach to drop off and pick up during the course of the day.

√ Guides
Our Park Trek guides will drive, cook and care for you. You will enjoy guided walks each day with experienced and mature guides.

√ Meals
This trek includes 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners (one lunch own expense), all freshly prepared using local produce where possible. The meals consist of two-course dinners, lunches, continental breakfasts, fresh fruit, trail mix, tea/coffee, and other non-alcoholic beverages.

√ Accommodation
During this 5-day trek, you will spend one night accommodation at Tarra Bulga Guest House, one night at the Wilsons Prom Lightstation cottage, and two nights at Tidal River Lodge. 3 nights will be spent on a twin share basis (unless single supplement requested) and 1 night at Wilsons Prom Lightstation in a shared room. 

√ Park tickets
All national park entry fees are covered.

Excluded:

× Flights
The total amount excludes flights to and from Australia.

× Accommodation before and after the trek
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.

× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers trekking trips. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Australia.

× Tipping
Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous.

Accommodation

Accommodation

During this 5-day trek in Victoria, you will spend your nights at the following lodges:

Tarra Bulga Guesthouse
This historic guest house built in 1934 is perched adjacent to the cool temperate rainforests of the Tarra Bulga National Park, situated within the Strzelecki Ranges. We have full access to the entire guest house for the duration of our stay. The comfortable B&B style rooms range from family, double and single rooms with either an ensuite or shared bathroom. Guests have access to the kitchenette, 2 lounges, pool table and open fireplace. The evening meal and breakfast will be served in the onsite Lyrebird Café.

Lightstation
Wilsons Promontory Lightstation was built in 1859 from local granite and supplies were shipped in every six months. There was no communication with the outside world and families had the vital and often lonely task of keeping the light burning to guide ships navigating the wild waters of the Bass Strait. Guests can experience a little of a lighthouse keeper’s lifestyle, by staying in the Lighthouse cottages. Part of the appeal of staying here is its remoteness, as the Lightstation is only accessible on foot. The cottage sleeps up to 12 guests, has a fully equipped kitchen, a bathroom, and a modern shared communal area. Bedrooms sleep either two or four guests in bunk beds. Please bring your own lightweight travel towel and single bedsheet, or sleeping bag inner for use. 

Tidal River
We are staying for two nights in one of the group lodges within the national park at Tidal River. The lodges have a full kitchen, spacious communal living/lounge area, four bedrooms, two bathrooms and separate toilets. Please bring your own travel towel and single bed sheet for use at Tidal River (there are blankets and pillows/pillow slips at the lodges)

Single Supplement for the 4 nights accommodation: USD 206,- /EUR 185,- per person

Meals

Meals

Food at the Lightstation
Food for your meals while staying at the Lightstation will need to be carried in by each guest. Park Trek will provide the food but guests will need an overnight pack of around 30 to 35 liters to carry food and personal belongings.

Outside of the Lightstation
The food we serve is healthy, hearty and home style. Our menus are designed to showcase the fabulous regional produce. Fresh local cheese, yoghurt, fruit, vegetables, fish and meats are used, supporting local farmers and minimising our food miles. We don’t offer five-star dining, but our guides take pride in ensuring that all meals are delicious and plentiful, prepared with top-quality fresh seasonal ingredients.

Breakfast: is a continental spread of cereals, stewed fruit, yoghurt, toast and spreads. Coffee and tea are always available at your base accommodation.

Lunch: can vary from day to day, but includes meat, salad, bread and wraps. Some days might include something different like roasted chicken.

Dinner: is a casual two-course meal of main and dessert prepared by your guides. The menu changes to suit available fresh produce but could include a classic roast lamb, salmon fillet or Thai chicken. Dessert may include things like maple baked apples, pears in red wine or seasonal fruit salad.

Snacks: Guests can prepare their own trail mix each morning from our self-serve trail mix selection. There will be fresh fruit for the trail and biscuits or fruit cake for tea breaks.

Pre-dinner antipasto: Each evening we prepare a selection of antipasto delights, dips, cheese and crackers before dinner.

Dietary requirements: We are able to accommodate guests’ specific dietary requirements and can prepare meals to meet individual needs.

Alcohol: Our tours do not include alcoholic beverages, however guests are most welcome to bring wine/beer along with them. If you are bringing bottled wine, please pack this well in your main bag to avoid breakages. There may also be an opportunity to visit a local bottle shop while on the tour.

FAQ

Best Season
Australia is such a huge country, that the best season to visit it depends on where you are going, and even so, it can get tricky. Victoria, in southern Australia, has quite a varied climate for being a small region. The best time to visit Victoria is during late spring, summer, and early autumn. October to April are great months to go trekking and watch wildlife. December to February, in Summer, are great if you are planning on doing a trek by the coast.

Do I need to carry all my gear with me on the walk?
You are only required to carry a day back pack with you on the walking trails. This should contain your lunch/snacks, plenty of water (bottled or in a water bladder), sunscreen/sunhat, light waterproof jacket, and a hat/beanie is a good idea if the weather is likely to be changeable.

Are Hiking Boots compulsory?
Although not compulsory, comfortable hiking boots are strongly encouraged on the hikes. Often the ground underfoot is rocky and uneven, and hiking boots make the walking a little easier. If you are going to purchase new boots specifically for the hike, we suggest you wear them in well before the walk begins.

Tipping
Tipping in Australia is not customary. Workers in tourism generally make a sufficient income and do not depend on gratuities left by tourists. However, it always depends on the situation: If you feel that the service was exceptional it's good etiquette to leave a tip.

Packing List

Packing List

Please bring your gear in a soft bag rather than hard suitcase to help guides pack the trailer. As a walker, you will need to have your own day pack for day walks and an overnight pack of approximately 30 to 35 liters to take into the Light station. You will also need your own water bladder and suitable footwear for hiking (ie hiking boots). Moreover, you need to bring with you a towel and a single bed sheet for use at the Lightstation & Tidal River lodge. 

DAY PACK—recommend approx. 20 liters, with a load-bearing harness. 
Here is a suggested list of what walkers will need to be wearing and to have in their day pack (guests will carry this on all walks other than when we go to the Light station when you will have an overnight pack): 

• rain jacket 
• a fleece jacket 
• wide-brimmed hat for sunny days 
• beanie or woolen hat for cold days 
• water bottle or drinking bladder, min 2 liter 
• high factor sunscreen 
• lip balm 
• blister pads and / or tape for rubbing and/or blisters 
• antiseptic hand gel 
• sunglasses 
• walking poles (optional) 
• gaiters (optional) 
• camera 
• binoculars 
• spare batteries for all devices/charger 

MAIN BAG 
Packing suggestions for your main bag. This will stay at Tidal River in a locked trailer while we are at the Lightstation. Other than our walk to the Lightstation you only carry your light day pack while walking. 

• 2 pairs long and/or short pants. Preferably loose-fitting, lightweight and quick drying 
• 2 x Long-sleeved shirts 
• 4 x T-shirts 
• fleece jacket/woolen sweater – something warm 
• rain jacket/ spray jacket 
• swimmers/bathers and towel (optional) 
• walking socks 
• if rain is expected, then having a set of thermal under garments can keep you warm in the face of blustery conditions 
• a woolen or fleece hat for cooler weather 
• lightweight, quick-drying towel 
• waterproof, reusable bag for worn clothing 
• comfortable shoes and clothing for evenings and activities 
• underwear 
• toiletries— shampoo/conditioner, body wash, deodorant, sanitary products, insect repellent, toothpaste etc

LIGHTSTATION GEAR LIST
When we walk to the Light station, guests will need an overnight pack of approximately 30 to 35 liters. All food for the group will be distributed and carried as equally as possible among guides and guests. Everything we carry in is either consumed or carried back out. For this overnight walk you will be carrying:

• Lunch for your walk in
• Dinner to be eaten at the Lightstation
• Breakfast
• Lunch for walk back out
• Clothes for the return walk
• Single bed sheet or sleeping bag inner
• Travel towel
•Water
• Other personal belongings as listed in the day pack section

Safety

Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment.

Park Trek Walking Holidays

Park Trek Walking Holidays

Park Trek was founded in 2000 by Alan Fenner. As an ex Outward Bound Field Instructor and avid bushwalker, Alan brought together his love of the great outdoors and his enthusiasm for creating a social, safe and fun bush walking experience for others to enjoy.

Paul and Ingrid Huitema, took over the business in late 2014. They also share a love of travel and the great outdoors. Over the past 15 years, Park Trek has delivered hundreds of tours and gained a solid reputation for providing guests with spectacular scenery, thoughtfully planned itineraries, plenty of time to absorb and enjoy the natural world and a great social environment for like-minded travellers.

All tours are fully accommodated and hosted by professional and experienced guides. Most meals are included and walking distances are suitable for most healthy adults. Our guided walking tours have a maximum of 10 to 12 guests, depending on the tour destination. We have two Park Trek guides on tour who cook, care and guide you through some of the country’s most spectacular hiking trails. Our focus is on walking and exploring the natural environment first and foremost. We are an authentic walking tour company and the hiking component of our tours is the focus. Evening meals are mostly prepared by our talented guides, breakfast is a continental spread, lunch, fruit and snacks are layed out each day for you to help yourself. We don’t offer chef prepared meals and fine wines, but our meals are very important and we offer fresh, wholesome and healthy meals while you are on tour with us. In general, the first and last day of your tour will include half a day travelling from and back to the closest major city/ captial and half a day of walking.

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Cancellation Policy
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