Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wilsons Promontory

South Coast Trip - Part 4 - Final

The drive south to Wilsons Promontory was well timed as it coincided with a 43 C day. Definitely more pleasant in an air conditioned car than outside. Even better as we drove south we caught up with a cold front so by the time we found our camping spot at Tidal River the temperature had dropped 15 C.

Looking towards Mt. Oberon
To be honest the main reason for our trip to the Prom was for the scenery. Wilsons Promontory was a bit of a bird desert with not much about apart from a few of the common species. 

Eastern end of Squeaky Beach
Crimson Rosella were prolific around the camping area, while Sooty Oystercatchers, Pacific Gulls, Crested Terns and Hooded Plovers were relatively common on the beaches. During our brief stay we managed to check out a few of the more accessible beaches.

                                                                        Even though the camping ground was half full, we found the beaches almost deserted. At Squeaky Beach on the day we visited there wasn't a single person seen even though we arrived at 7.00am and left at 9.00 am. The Mexicans must be lazy holiday makers.

Tidal River

We also managed a couple of walks. I know the walk to Mt Oberon is popular and offers spectacular views, however we decided to give it a miss as we had accomplished this climb some 30 years ago and I have the photos to prove it. Besides we were feeling lazy (must be contagious). The walk we took instead, was just as long without the climb. It offered spectacular coastal views as it wound its way around the coast from Mt Bishop to the Tidal River.

Our return journey home was a bit of a rushed job to beat another lot of flooding rain. We did spend one night at Bournda National Park in NSW. This turned out be a great spot on the lake edge and short drive/walk  to  a spectacular beach. To top it all off the camp sites were excellent and there was a new amenities block with free showers. All in all a great trip.

1 comment:

  1. It's been years since I've been out that way. Must go again soon!