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  • Length: 42.7km

  • Duration: 2-3 days

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Telegraph Saddle

  • End: Tidal River

  • Closest Town: Yanakie

  • Location: Wilsons Promontory National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 225km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -39.030565

  • Longitude: 146.320830

Summary

The Wilsons Promontory –  Little Waterloo Bay Circuit hike visits Waterloo Bay, Little Waterloo Bay and Oberon bay on the east and west of the southern peninsula.

Little Waterloo Bay is only accessible by foot via 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. The southern half of Waterloo Bay contains two white quartz sand beaches separated by a small granite headland. The northern Little Waterloo Bay beach faces east, is 300 m long and is backed by steep, forested slopes with large protruding granite boulders. Small creeks drain across the northern end of each beach. The southern Waterloo Bay beach is 1 500 m long, faces east and is backed by a low vegetated foredune and a swamp up to 1 km wide. The Refuge Cove walking track reaches the camping area at the northern end of Little Waterloo Bay, then turns inland through the swamp behind Waterloo Bay.

There is a camping area with basic facilities. Composting toilets are provided. Toilet paper is not supplied. Advance booking is required. You can book online or call parks Victoria on 13 1963

Camping in a remote overnight hikers campsite ( you will need to carry everything you need for the weekend on your back)

Day 1

Telegraph Saddle to Telegraph Track junction, 6.1Km
Telegraph Track is followed south downhill. The descent is quite rapid and after 2.8km you will cross McAlister Creek and begin skirting the eastern side of large tea tree swamps. After a further 3.2km the trail junction is reached.

Telegraph Track junction to Little Waterloo Bay, 4.8km
From the Telegraph Track follow the track over sand dunes and swamps to Little Waterloo Bay. Turn right and walk along the beach in order to find the start of the track leading to the Light Station.

After setting up camp you can drop your packs and do the return 14km walk to Refuge Cove or alternatively you can camp at Little Waterloo bay another night and do the return hike to Refuge Cove the following day. (refer to additional Map and GPX file below)

Day 2

Little Waterloo Bay to Telegraph Track junction, 4.8km
From the Telegraph Track follow the track over sand dunes and swamps to Little Waterloo Bay. Turn right and walk along the beach in order to find the start of the track leading to the Light Station.

Telegraph Track junction via Oberon Bay to Tidal River, 21.4 km
Follow signs and management road to Telegraph Track junction then Oberon Bay. Continue to walk to Tidal River following the coast.


Little Waterloo Bay Circuit
(28.7 km circuit, 10 hours)

 

Total distance: 28420 m
Max elevation: 209 m
Min elevation: 3 m
Total climbing: 696 m
Total descent: -892 m
Download GPX File  Please note that you need to be registered and logged in to download GPX Files. If you aren't you will automatically be redirected to the registration/login screen before the download begins. By downloading any GPX files from this site you agree its use, and reliance upon, is entirely at your own risk. These files are for non-commercial, personal use only. I will endeavour to ensure the accuracy and currency of the data, but accept no responsibility in this regard, or the results of any actions taken, when using the digital route files.

 

Refuge Cove camp to Little Waterloo Bay camp
(14 km return, 4-5 hours)

 

Total distance: 8600 m
Max elevation: 198 m
Min elevation: 8 m
Total climbing: 544 m
Total descent: -547 m
Download GPX File  Please note that you need to be registered and logged in to download GPX Files. If you aren't you will automatically be redirected to the registration/login screen before the download begins. By downloading any GPX files from this site you agree its use, and reliance upon, is entirely at your own risk. These files are for non-commercial, personal use only. I will endeavour to ensure the accuracy and currency of the data, but accept no responsibility in this regard, or the results of any actions taken, when using the digital route files.

 

 

Costs:  You will need to purchase a camping permit for Little Waterloo Bay, cost approx $12. Plus camp fees if camping at Tidal River.

More information

Parks Victoria

Overnight Hikes