Victoria’s Eastern Coast

This guide is an overview of the road trip we took of Victoria’s eastern coast.

When we travelled: Jan 4 – 8th, 2021

*Disclaimer: please double check the opening times and costs on their website since they may have changed since we last travelled these places.

Sample Itinerary:

The original itinerary we followed was a lot more hectic and disorganized. This is by far not a comprehensive list of everything there is to do (there’s just too much to explore in Australia!), but the places listed are the ones that were highly recommended from my trip planning research. I’ve made this sample itinerary as what I think an ideal trip along the eastern coast would look like, seeing all the highlights. Please double check all the opening times before you travel in case they have changed since we last travelled.

Day 1: San Remo & Philip Island

  • Early lunch at San Remo – MUST have the fish and chips at the Fisherman’s Co-op
  • Catch the Pelican Feed in San Remo at 12pm (next to the fish and chips shop)
  • Explore the small shops of San Remo for some dessert, coffee or walk along the beach/pier
  • Drive 15mins to the Philip Island Wildlife Park to get up close with native Aussie wildlife
  • Dinner: pack your own, explore restaurants in the main town of Philip Island, or there is a restaurant at the Penguin Parade
  • Penguin Parade (15min drive from the Wildlife park) – make sure to arrive 1 hour before sunset to not miss them
  • Stay overnight on Philip Island or nearby

Days 2-7: Kilcunda Beach & Wilsons Prom

  • Breakfast in town or pack your own
  • Brief stopover at Kilcunda Beach (30min drive from the Penguin Parade)
  • Wilson’s Promontory National Park (1.5-2hr drive from Kilcunda Beach)
    • Spend at least 4-5 days at Wilsons Prom

Day 8:

  • Fit in one last short morning hike in Wilsons Prom before getting back on the road
  • Stopover at Sale for lunch and to stretch your legs or replenish groceries/snacks (2 hour drive from Wilsons Prom)
  • Optional: spend a couple hours at Raymond Island to spot some wild koalas (1 hr drive from Sale)
  • Reach Lakes Entrance (1.5 hr drive from Sale)
  • Check into hotel at Lakes Entrance and explore the streets and waterfront
  • Lots of dinner options in Lakes Entrance

Day 9:

  • Visit Griffiths Seashell Museum in Lakes Entrance before leaving (opens at 9am)
  • From here on we continued our coastal trip to the next state, New South Wales, stopping at Eden for lunch and the Killer Whale Museum (2hrs 45mins drive). There’s another large national park (Croajingolong) in Victoria that’s near the NSW border but we decided to skip it since Wilsons Prom was already full on with nature hikes during this trip and the views. Toby went to Mallacoota (near the border) as a child and had fond memories of losing the map there and getting lost with his family and came upon a random colony of seals 😅.

San Remo

San Remo, considered the gateway to Philip Island, is a small coastal fishing town with a few cute shops and a beach. Whenever we’re headed this way, we’ll always be sure to stop by out favourite fish and chips place at the fisherman’s co-op!

San Remo Fisherman’s Co-operative

Address: 170 Marine Parade, San Remo, VIC

We’ve had a lot of fish and chips in our day, but this place always remains one of our favourites. The chips are pretty average, but the battered fish is what we come for – it’s not too heavily battered nor overly greasy, and it’s great paired with their homemade tartar sauce. We usually skip the chips and order a couple of calamari rings, potato cakes, and dim sims (for Toby). Yum!

Pelican Feeding

Address: 170 Marine Parade, San Remo, VIC

Everyday at 12pm, the Fisherman’s Co-op feed the wild pelicans on the beach next to the pier and do a little information talk at the same time about Pelicans. It’s completely free and super cool to see these huge birds up close. The talk lasts about 15-20mins from memory so don’t be late Pelicans are Toby’s favourite bird and it’s pretty cute how excited he gets by them every time.

Phillip Island

This is one of the most popular day-trip tours from Melbourne (apart from the great ocean road). The main attraction is the Penguin Parade where you can watch wild penguins emerge from the ocean at night to their nesting spots. The Wildlife Park nearby is also fantastic for checking out the native Aussie animals. There’s also Moonlit Sanctuary that’s highly recommended in some itineraries. Toby has been to both and although Moonlit Sanctuary is more well-organized with a larger variety of animals, Philip Island Wildlife park has more free-roaming animals you can touch and feed.

Philip Island Wildlife Park

Address: 2115 Phillip Island Rd, Cowes VIC 3922, Australia
Cost: $19/adult

There are a ton of zoos and wildlife parks around Australia but this place is all about native Australian animals and for the relatively cheap price of admission, they have quite a lot of animals. At first glance this place didn’t seem like much on the outside, but there’s actually a decent amount of space and tons of free-roaming animals that will come up to you for some feed that you can purchase for $2 at the entrance. If you’re a tourist and you want to get an up-close encounter with native Aussie wildlife, this place is a good option!

Penguin Parade

Address: 1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerlands, Victoria 3922
Cost: $27.50/general adult ticket

This was one of the first things I did when I moved to Australia 7 years ago. It has changed a LOT since then so I’m not sure what to expect anymore, but this is the best place to see the tiny fairy penguins in Australia. This is the main attraction of Philip Island and there are always tons of tour busses here. It’s $27.50 for a general ticket but there are a lot more viewing options available on their website if you want to get a closer view. When I was here 7 years ago, we were all ushered to a viewing area on the beach set up like bleachers (bring warm clothes, a blanket, or even a poncho if it’s wet because it’s completely outdoors). If you paid extra you could get a seat closer to the edges with a cushion to get a better view of the penguins. They start off with a staff member doing a talk about the penguins and then we all wait quietly as the penguins emerge from the ocean and make their way across the beach to their nesting site. You can take photos, but no flash photography. It was definitely a neat experience and super cool to see these adorable tiny wild penguins up close!

The penguins arrive at sunset every evening and it is recommended to get there 1 hour beforehand to settle yourself in and find your seat. Check the penguin calendar on the website for arrival time depending on time of year.

Kilcunda Beach

Toby came here a couple times when he was young and he wanted to do a quick stopover on our way to Wilson’s Promontory. We almost didn’t stop because the weather wasn’t the greatest, but I’m so glad we did! At first glance it was like any other beach, but then we came upon these really cool rock formations by the water. It made a pretty good photo-op especially with the gloomy weather.

Wilsons Promontory National Park

Wilson’s Promontory is a huge national park roughly 3 hours drive from Melbourne and 1.5-2hrs from Kilcunda Beach. It sits at the most southern point of mainland Australia. There are so many different hikes in this amazing park that you’ll want to stay at least 4-5 days here to get the best of it. There are coastal views, mountain views, beaches, tropical hikes, sand dunes, and even plenty of Aussie wildlife! This national park is hugely popular and accommodation gets booked out fast so plan ahead. Apart from the Great Ocean Road, this place is probably the second most popular jewel of Victoria’s natural wonders but it can be a bit full on when trying to plan a trip here.

There’s just so much to cover that I’ve written a comprehensive guide of our experience in Wilsons Prom in a separate post here:


Sale is a large town with plenty of shops. There’s not much “to do” here in terms of tourism, but it’s a good place to stop to stretch your legs and replenish your groceries or road trip snacks. There’s also plenty of cafes and lunch options here too. This was our first stop after spending 3 days hiking in Wilsons Prom and we were glad to be back in a busy town again with food options. We passed by a massage place in the mall and got a 30 min massage of our tired hiking legs while they played Moana in the background.


Raymond Island

Disclaimer: We visited Raymond Island in 2018 while I was on a student vet placement in Bairnsdale and completely forgot about it until I was going through my photos recently. This island was not part of our recent road trip in 2021 but if you’ve got time to spare, it’s worth spending an hour or two on this small island to check out the koalas.

Raymond Island is a small island located off of the town of Paynesville. This island is known for its large population of wild koalas. In fact, there’s actually not much to do there other than to walk the koala trail which takes about half an hour that leads you through the neighbourhoods of the island. Toby and I made a game out of it to see who could spot the most koalas – I think in the end he won, spotting about 16 in total. The only way to get on the island is via a ferry. It’s free for pedestrians, but if you want to take your car it’s $13/car and more for trucks. As I mentioned, there’s not much else to do on the island other than spotting koalas so we just parked our car by the dock in Paynesville and strolled onto the ferry.

Ferry Timetable and Cost:

Lakes Entrance

Map of Lakes Entrance – so adequately named!

Lakes Entrance is a seaside town that is a popular place for fishing, located 2.5 hours from Wilsons Prom. It’s aptly named due to all the surrounding lakes that converge in this one area and flow out to sea. Many Victorians will come here to vacation along with their boats or hire fishing charters to take them out. Toby has a few childhood memories here with his dad fishing. 😊

Apart from fishing, the town centre has a good selection of restaurants and shops that are quite busy during the peak holiday season. There’s also a beach and foreshore you can explore.

We only stopped here for one night and honestly, unless you’re planning on doing some fishing and a lazy beach day, one night was enough for us. We arrived in the early evening and checked into our hotel then spent a couple hours at the local fair, had dinner at a lovely restaurant with fantastic Thai food, and visited the seashell museum. I’ve highlighted the things we did here.

Nick’s – Thai & Japanese Restaurant

Address: 251-269 Esplanade, Lakes Entrance VIC 3909

I usually won’t include restaurants in my guides unless we found them to be really impressive and worthwhile visiting. We came upon Nick’s on the main street by the foreshore. From the outside (pictured), it didn’t seem like much. The decor didn’t give any hints as to what kind of food they served, but when we got closer and read the menu we realized it was a Thai and Japanese restaurant. I didn’t have high hopes for authentic Thai food this far away from a major city, but we arrived during dinner time and also COVID times so we didn’t have many options to eat. I’m glad they were able to fit us in because all of the food was actually REALLY GOOD. We couldn’t decide which mains we wanted so we ordered three and an appetizer. If we’re ever in the area again, we’ll definitely be coming back to Nick’s!

Chant’s Family Carnival

Overview of the carnival from the top of the ferris wheel

Entry: Free to enter but rides and games cost money
Location: Lakes Entrance Foreshore (just follow the lights and the ferris wheel)
Time: Usually only operates late December to January

This is a small country carnival with a few rides and games. It’s nothing special from any other carnival and it’s not especially big. It’s not even a “must-do” for this area but given the lack of things there are to do at night in Lakes Entrance (other than restaurants/pubs), it’s definitely a good way to spend a few hours. I would recommend going on the ferris wheel though. Since the carnival is situated on the foreshore, you get a beautiful view of all the lakes at the top of the ferris wheel. We happened to go right at sunset so it was even more magical. 😊

Griffiths Seashell Museum

Address: 125 Esplanade, Lakes Entrance VIC 3909
Entry: $8/adult
Hours: 9am – 4pm daily

This place had a few mixed reviews – mainly positive, but some people called it dated. We decided to visit anyway and we’re glad we did. It’s a small shop on the outside, but on the inside there were shelves and shelves of SO many seashells, many of which we’d never seen before. Some had background stories on the original owners that passed on their collection to this museum. Although I will agree that the decor seem a bit outdated but who cares when there are so many beautiful shells from all over the world to appreciate! We spent a good hour or so in here just looking through it all. There were also a few murky fish tanks on display that weren’t the greatest and also a strange room of a huge model train set up that was out of place – maybe the owner just wanted some place to show off his hobby? In any case, just come for the seashells and you won’t be disappointed. There’s also a gift shop where you can buy a few of these funky shells to take home!

Mackenzie River Rainforest (highway stopover)

This isn’t really a place to stop but I thought I’d include it in this post anyway because of the significance of the massive forest fires in 2020. As we drove towards the border of New South Wales, Toby pointed out the funky-looking trees on the side of the highway and we realized that we were driving through one of the hotspots of the great Australian bushfire at the start of last year (wow, has it been a year already??). The funky appearance of the trees were a result of the trees recovering. The main tree trunks were all black and charred but they were all sprouting small branches with plenty of leaves making them look “fuzzy” from afar. It was surreal driving through it all and realizing how far the fire had spread and how big it must have been. It‘s amazing how much the trees have already started recovering and their resilience. Mackenzie River Rainforest was just a random highway stopover rest spot that we pulled over to get a better look at the trees up close. As I’m writing this post in 2022, I’d imagine the trees probably look somewhat back to normal now.

Continuing on to NSW…

From here on we continued our coastal trip to the next state, New South Wales, stopping at Eden for lunch and the Killer Whale Museum (2hrs 45mins drive). Check out the NSW road trip page to continue following our trip!

If you want to explore more of Victoria’s eastern coast, there’s another large national park (Croajingolong) that’s near the NSW border but we decided to skip it since Wilsons Prom was already full on with nature hikes during this trip. Toby went to Mallacoota (near the border) as a child and had fond memories of losing the map there and getting lost with his family and came upon a random colony of seals 😅.

Wilsons Promontory National Park (“The Prom”)

Wilson’s Promontory is a huge national park roughly 3 hours drive from Melbourne and it sits at the most southern point of mainland Australia. There are so many different hikes in this amazing park that you’ll want to stay at least 4-5 days here to get the best of it. There are coastal views, mountain views, beaches, tropical hikes, sand dunes, and even plenty of Aussie wildlife! This national park is hugely popular and accommodation gets booked out fast so plan ahead. Apart from the Great Ocean Road, this place is probably the second most popular jewel of Victoria’s natural wonders but it can be a bit full on when trying to plan a trip here. I’ve included our experiences in this guide to hopefully help break it down.

When we travelled: Jan 5-8, 2021

Cost: FREE! This amazing park is free for everyone to enjoy. The only costs to consider are accommodation and food.

How many days do I need?

This national park is HUGE and there are SO many hikes to do. The time you need here depends on how many hikes you want to do and if you want to fit in a few easy afternoons at the campsite or hanging out at the beach. Toby and I spent 2.5 days here and we just managed to fit in all the hikes we wanted to do, but it was a very tiring few days trying to see it all. I’d recommend spending at least 4-5 days to make it feel more like a relaxing holiday.

Sample Itinerary

This was our trip itinerary when we went. As mentioned, I’d recommend spreading it out. We had super tired jelly legs by the end of our trip.

Day 1: (1 hike)

  • Left the hotel at 9am, parked at Tidal River Campground around 10am
  • Three Bays Walk – took 5 hours, finished around 3pm
  • Late lunch at the Tidal River Cafe/visitor’s centre
  • It rained after lunch so we called it an early day, otherwise we could’ve fit a short hike in
  • Dinner at our hotel

Day 2: (3 hikes)

  • Left the hotel at 8am, arrived at Prom Wildlife Walk at 8:45am
  • Prom Wildlife Walk – spent about an hour here, finished around 9:30am
  • Tongue Point – parked at Darby River carpark, took 3 hours – finished around 12:30pm
  • Lunch again at Tidal River Cafe/visitor’s centre (gotta love those burgers)
  • Mount Oberon Summit Walk – took 2 hours, finished at 4pm
  • Dinner at our hotel

Day 3: (2 hikes)

  • Left the hotel at 8am, arrived at Tidal River Campground at 8:50am to take the shuttle bus to Telegraph Saddle
  • Mount Oberon Summit Walk – arrived at Telegraph Saddle 9:15am, took 2 hours, finished at 11:30am
  • Took shuttle bus back to Tidal River Campground and had a quick snack
  • Big Drift – started at 12:45pm, finished 2pm

When to visit?

The ideal time to visit is during spring or summer when it’s warm and sunny so you can enjoy some lazy days on the beach. We visited in January 2021 which was in the middle of a Melbourne summer. Unfortunately the weather was pretty cloudy when we went but even with the gloomy weather the hikes were still beautiful. Despite COVID times the campsites were still pretty booked out but there weren’t that many people on the hikes with us which was kind of nice.

Getting Around the Park

This national park is HUGE and you’ll need a car to get around to the start of different hikes. Unfortunately there’s no bus service inside the park so you’re on your own within the park.

Check out the park website for more information regarding walks and track closures. It’s also handy to download their Park Map to know your way around.

Where to Stay? Accommodation Options

Outlined in red is the entire Wilsons Prom national park

A) Staying Inside the Park: Camping

There is only one place to stay inside the national park and that’s at the Tidal River Campground. There are cabins/roof accommodations available or tent sites here. Because this is the only place to stay within the entire park, it is extremely competitive and gets booked out MONTHS in advance, or even a year if it’s during holiday season. The accommodation is arranged directly through the parks website and may be one of the cheaper options. These days they have changed the booking system to a ballot system so you really have to plan ahead if you want to stay within the park. More info on the website here:

B) Staying Outside the Park: Campgrounds, AirBnb’s, Hotels…etc.

*Note: Tidal River Campground is where the main visitor’s centre is and also where a few popular hikes start. It is roughly a 30min drive from the entrance of the park (near Big Drift) to the Tidal River Campground, which means that any place you stay outside of the park will be at least 30mins drive to the visitor’s centre.

Stockyard Campground: The second closest campground to Wilson’s Prom is Stockyard Campground which is situated at the entrance of the park. Booking is also via the parks website here.

AirBnB’s: If you look early enough, there are tons of privately owned AirBnB’s or luxury accommodations close to the entrance of the park (near Big Drift on the map). The map on the right outlines the national park in red and there are at least a dozen accommodations available on Airbnb. Some of these are more expensive than others, but if you prefer to have a more relaxed luxurious holiday rather than camping, then this is the option for you.

Hotels: Apart from AirBnB’s, you can also look into the small neighbouring towns near Wilson’s Prom. When we did out last-minute trip, all the campsites and Airbnb’s were booked out but luckily there was one last room available at the Fish Creek Hotel in the town of Fish Creek. It was about a 45min drive to the entrance of the park every morning (I’ve marked it on the map above). The hotel was average but we were just happy to have found a place to stay to be honest.

Food Options (a little limited)

There is only one place to get food within the park and it’s at the visitor’s centre at the Tidal River Campground. It’s a canteen/cafeteria style that serves fries, burgers, sandwiches, sausage rolls, wraps…etc. Nothing gourmet, but not bad. We actually quite enjoyed the burgers and ended up getting them for lunch everyday after our morning hikes since we didn’t plan our meals ahead of time. There’s a very small amount of grocery items you can get but it was pretty pricy. The visitor’s centre closes at 4-4:30pm so there are no options for dinner within the park.

Outside of the park there are small rural towns nearby where you can find small grocery stores, pubs, and restaurants, although when we went, most places were closed at night and the places we did find were pretty overpriced with average food. We stayed at Fish Creek Hotel during our trip and we had our dinners at the hotel pub. The beers were good but the food was meh.

If you’re camping and/or planning on cooking, do your grocery shop before heading down because the small town shops have limited options and are usually more expensive. Make sure your accommodation has a fridge to store your food items for the duration of your trip.

Hikes to Do

There are a LOT of different hikes to do at Wilson’s Prom. It took me a long time to narrow down which hikes to go on in the limited 2.5 days we had here especially since they all looked amazing. We managed to cram 6 hikes during our stay and although we had a fantastic time, it was also super tiring and I wish we had more time to chill out and relax a little more. After many hours of googling and scouring online travel itineraries, these are the top 6 hikes we chose based on popularity and scenery. (You can check out the full list of hikes on the parks website or download the parks guide pdf – there are 25 listed hikes on the website!)

Map from Parks Victoria website. I’ve outlined the walks we did.

Three Bays Walk: Squeaky Beach, Picnic Bay, Whisky Bay

Difficulty level: Grade 3 (walking track was relatively easy, some inclines and uneven foot path)
advertised as 4hrs return, but it took us closer to 5hrs with a few minor rest breaks
Starting point:
Tidal River Campground

This walk connects three beaches and gives you views of both forest and coast. It drizzled on and off all morning but it was still a beautiful hike nonetheless – plus, it was entertaining watching Toby rock his emergency poncho 😂. The hike starts at the Tidal River Campground. Parking is at the visitor’s centre and you’ll have to make your way through the campground to the back to get to the start of the hike. (There’s a conveniently placed public toilet here just before the start of the 5hr hike.)

At the start of the hike is Tidal River which was a shallow murky river beside the campground where a few families were splashing around the water with floaties and enjoying the morning. You’ll cross the bridge and walk through an uphill forested road to get views overlooking Norman Bay, where the Tidal River joins. On this hike you’ll come across 3 beaches: Squeaky Beach, Picnic Bay Beach, and Whisky Bay Beach. Squeaky Beach is the most popular beach in Wilsons Prom and it’s named due to the squeaking sounds you make as you walk barefoot across the white sand. It was a bit too cold for us to go barefoot so we didn’t get to hear the squeak – we’ll have to come back in better weather next time! We were lucky enough to have the famous Squeaky Beach to ourselves because of the weather. The best part of the hike was meeting a blonde wombat on the track!!

Prom Wildlife Walk

Difficulty level: advertised as Grade 2, but the path was super flat and easy, should be Grade 1
45mins return
Starting point:
Prom Wildlife Walk carpark

This cute little trek is not much for scenery but it’s great for getting up close to some native Aussie wildlife. Although it’s advertised as 45mins, you can make it as long or short as you like. We took a little longer because we went a little off track and stalked some emus. The whole walk is flat bushland with a narrow loop dirt track. We saw plenty of kangaroos and a family of emus. I was really hoping to see more blonde wombats like the one from the day before, but no luck.

Tongue Point (from Darby River)

Difficulty level: Grade 4 (some uneven footing on the path but it wasn’t particularly difficult, I’d probably give it Grade 2 overall but a few steep inclines makes it Grade 3)
advertised as 4 hours return, but it only took us 3 hours
Starting point:
Darby River carpark

This wasn’t listed as one of the “must go” hikes in my research but the pictures looked so nice that we decided to go anyway – I’m so glad we did because it ended up being one of my favourite hikes in Wilsons Prom! The hike starts at the Darby River carpark (there’s an option to start from Darby Saddle which is inland and takes an extra hour which we didn’t do because we were saving our strength for other hikes of the day). The walk started with a very tiring sharp incline that made me regret everything, but the magnificent views over the winding Darby river made it all worth it. It’s only 10mins to get to the top (although it felt much longer), but once you get to the top the rest of the trek was relatively cruisy with minor ups and downs through bushland. As the views open up to the coastline, you can start appreciating why the narrowing strip of land stretching out towards the sea is called Tongue Point. The hike ends at the tip of Tongue Point where there are great big boulders covered in bright orange lichen. We sat on these boulders for a good 20 mins just chilling out and enjoying the views of the waves crashing against the rocks below us before heading back.

Mount Bishop Summit Walk

Difficulty level: Grade 3 (some uneven footing with a gradual consistent incline all the way to the top)
2.5 hours return (took us 2 hours)
Starting point:
Lilly Pilly Gully Carpark

This was one of the highly rated hikes in my research but I’ll admit it wasn’t my favourite and it felt like it took AGES to get to the top and back down because of the monotony of the scenery (or maybe because my legs were so tired from the other hikes). Although the journey itself wasn’t the best, the sweeping views of the western coastline at the top were beautiful. You could see the multiple bays all in one view. Now only if we had some sun!

The track starts at the Lilly Pilly Gully Carpark. Follow the path for the Lilly Pilly Gully Nature Walk and about 15mins into the walk you’ll see a sign for a turn off to the Mount Bishop track. From here on it’s dense forest views all the way to the top. When you reach the top you’ll see the beautiful views of the coastline from afar. On the way back, retrace your steps back to the carpark.

Mount Oberon Summit Walk

Difficulty level: Grade 4 (the track itself is wide, paved, and easy to walk on but it is STEEP to the top and there’s uneven rocky steps near the end to get to the summit)
2 hours return
Starting point:
Telegraph Saddle Carpark (you can only drive here before 9am with very limited parking spaces, otherwise park at Tidal River Campground and there are free shuttle busses after 9am)

Another hike on many “must-do” lists of Wilsons Prom. Similar to the Mount Bishop hike, the journey up is monotonous and unexciting but the views of the coast at the top are spectacular. The sun FINALLY came out for us after 2 days of cloudiness and lit up the coastline when we reached the top which was fantastic. If you only had time for one summit hike in Wilsons Prom, I’d pick this one over Mouth Bishop because although it’s a more difficult hike, you see more of the coastline at the top.

The shuttle bus schedule in 2021 from Tidal River Campground

The hike starts at Telegraph Saddle Carpark. You can only drive to this carpark if you get there before 9am (double check the parks website incase this time has changed since we were there). There are limited spaces at the carpark so if you want to drive, I’d recommend going early. After 9am, the road to the carpark is blocked off and you’ll have to take the free shuttle bus from the Tidal River Campground that runs every 30mins. We actually didn’t know we could’ve driven ourselves up before 9am and were waiting at the shuttle bus stop at 8:50am to try and catch the first bus up 🤦🏻‍♀️. If you’re planning on doing this hike, I’d recommend trying to drive up yourself to Telegraph Saddle Carpark so you can start the hike early before it gets too busy. When we were heading down the mountain, there were TONS of people getting off the bus to start their hike. The last stretch is a narrow single-file path up rocks and I can imagine that to be a bit of a nightmare waiting to get to the summit. Another benefit is that you can leave on your own time without having to wait half an hour for the next shuttle bus to get back.

Starting at the Telegraph Saddle Carpark, it’s a steep 1 hour incline on a wide paved road. There’s not much to see on the way up so you just have to grind through it until you get to the top. If only there was a shuttle bus to the top – the roads would certainly be equipped for it. You’ll see a cellphone tower when you’re near the top. When you reach the tower, you’ll climb some stairs and go up a rocky path until you finally reach the summit. The last short stretch to the top was pretty brutal on our already jelly legs from the day before, but the view was well worth it! The sun came out and the weather was fantastic. We had a quick rest to take in the views and jogged most of the way down the mountain to catch the next shuttle bus (and also so we could finish sooner to rest our legs 😜).

Summit of Mount Oberon

Big Drift (sand dunes!)

Difficulty level: Grade 3 (most of the track is flat and easy but there’s a SHARP sandy incline at the end)
1.5 hours return
Starting point:
Stockyards Carpark

Who knew that amongst the thick Aussie bushland, coastal views, and white sandy beaches, there was also a large patch of sand dunes! Wilsons Prom has got it all. I’d never been to a sand dune before so I was super excited for this hike. It was everything I imagined! We got sand in every crevice and definitely didn’t choose the right footwear. We had to take off our walking shoes halfway through from all the sand and wish we brought fit flops instead. This place was probably the busiest of all the hikes in this park and there were plenty of people who brought their own boogie boards to surf down the sand dunes. Next time we’ll be more prepared!

The hike starts at Stockyard carpark which is adjacent to farm land and seems to be the last place you’d expect a sand dune to be. Follow the signs and it’s a 20 minute walk through open grassy terrain until you reach the sand dunes. We were unpleasantly swarmed by flies during this part of the walk – I definitely recommend putting on fly repellent before going. The track will expectedly get sandier as you get closer to the sand dune and near the very end of the walk there’s a SHARP sandy incline. This was the toughest part of the hike, as you can imagine the difficulty climbing straight up a sand dune, but when we reached the top the views were AMAZING! It was open air with sand as far as the eye could see. There’s no shade up here, so make sure you’ve applied sunscreen beforehand. The endless sand overlooks thick bushland which is a unique view to see the divide between the dry arid sand and dense forested land.