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(via Sealers Cove, Refuge Cove and Little Waterloo Bay)
  • Length: 36.5km

  • Duration: 2-3 days

  • Grade: 3-4

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Telegraph Saddle

  • End: Telegraph Saddle

  • Closest Town: Yanakie

  • Location: Wilsons Promontory National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 225km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -39.0325927176

  • Longitude: 146.3556056935

Summary

The Wilsons Promontory – Eastern Circuit hike is a wonderful circuit hike that explores stunning secluded beaches along the Eastern side of Wilsons Prom. This is one of the least crowded locations on the Prom. It is a top destination for hikers, often nominated as one of the best walks in the state, as it rewards visitors with a natural beauty that includes a spectacular golden beach sheltered from prevailing winds; crystal clear turquoise waters; and an abundance of wildlife.

Important Note

Make sure you check the tide times you have to cross Sealers Creek at the southern end of Sealers Cove, which is subject to tidal flow, before reaching the camp site. The depth of the creek can vary between 200mm through to 1.5m deep at high tide.

Suggested sections for a thee day hike:

Day 1. Telegraph Saddle to Sealers Cove: 9.5km

Day 2. Sealers Cove to Little Waterloo Bay: 14.7km

Day 3: Little Waterloo Bay to Telegraph Saddle: 12.3km

Or

Day 1. Telegraph Saddle to Refuge Cove: 17.3km

Day 2. Refuge Cove to Little Waterloo Bay: 6.9km

Day 3: Little Waterloo Bay to Telegraph Saddle: 12.3km

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Sealers Cove (9.5km from trailhead)

  • Sealers Cove is a picturesque, circular cove boasting glassy turquoise water, golden sand and a shady campground.
  • Sealers Cove is accessible via the Telegraph Saddle to Sealers Cove Track.
  • Sealers Cove is also accessible as part of an extended Southern Prom Hike (refer to the Overnight Hikes park note in the Related Documents section below).
  • There is a campground and toilets at Sealers Cove.

Refuge Cove (17.3km from trailhead)

  • Refuge Cove is stunning, secluded beach situated on the east side of the Prom accessible via walking track from Sealers Cove to the north or Little Waterloo Bay to the south. The track between Sealers Cove and Refuge Cove offers many great views.
  • Refuge Cove campsite, located at the southern end of the cove, is surrounded by lush vegetation and is within close proximity to the water.

Little Waterloo Bay (24.2km from trailhead)

  • Little Waterloo Bay is only accessible by foot from the overnight hike track from Tidal River. When you get there you will be rewarded with a lovely white sand beach and crystal blue water. There is a camping area with basic facilities. Composting toilets are provided. Toilet paper is not supplied.

About the region

The Wilsons Promontory National Park, commonly known as Wilsons Prom or The Prom, is a national park in the Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia, located approximately 157 kilometres (98 mi) southeast of Melbourne.

The 50,500-hectare (125,000-acre) national park is the southernmost national park on mainland Australia, known for its beautiful rainforests, unspoiled beaches, and abundant wildlife. The national park covers the southern portion of Wilsons Promontory, a peninsula containing South Point, the southernmost point on the Australian mainland. A lighthouse on the south-east corner of the peninsula is the southern-most lighthouse on mainland Australia and has operated continuously since 1859.

The park is highly popular with bushwalkers and campers, and has a number of lodges and serviced camping areas at a camping area near the mouth of Tidal River.

More information

A maximum two night consecutive stay applies to all campsites.

Refer to the Overnight Hikes park note for more information.

Advance booking is required. You can book online or call parks Victoria on 13 1963.

 

Total distance: 36530 m
Max elevation: 340 m
Min elevation: 5 m
Total climbing: 1827 m
Total descent: -1826 m
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27 thoughts on “Wilsons Promontory – Eastern Circuit (36.5km)

  1. Do you think that this hike is possible in only 2 days or it’s too hard ?
    Do you know how to go to tidal river without car from foster (if there is buses) for the end of April ?

    1. It is certainly possible over two days but they would be two long days of around 19km each.

      I would suggest the following.
      Day 1. Telegraph Saddle to Refuge Cove: 17.3km
      Day 2. Refuge Cove to Little Waterloo Bay then to Telegraph Saddle: 6.9km + 12km

      Re getting there from Foster. I am not aware of any bus service. Your best option would be to call the Tidal River Visitors Centre on (03) 5680 9555 and ask them for options.

      1. Thank you for the quick answer !
        I have just an other question : the cheapest campsite in Tidal River is the campsite at 54,70$/night/pers ? Aren’t there cheaper campsite in Tidal River