• Length: 41.5km

  • Duration: 2-3 days

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Telegraph Saddle

  • End: Tidal River

  • Location: Wilsons Promontory National Park

  • Closest Town: Yanakie

  • Distance from CBD: 225km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -39.03274434

  • Longitude: 146.3558193

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Wilsons Promontory - Southern Circuit is a 41.5km, grade 3 circuit hike, located in Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 2-3 days to complete.

Hike Summary

The Wilsons Promontory - Southern Circuit hike visits Wilsons Promontory Lightstation which was built in 1859 from local granite on a narrow peninsula jutting into the wild waters of Bass Strait. In the 1800s supplies were delivered to the lighthouse by ship every six months and there was no communication with the outside world. Families, often with children, had the lonely but vital task of keeping the light burning, saving both ships and lives.

It is recommended to complete this hike in three days due to the distance. It can however be completed in two days but you won't have a lot of time to stop and take in the views.

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.

Little Waterloo Bay to Light Station, 9.2 km
This coastal track has great views through diverse plant communities. The lighthouse sits on a rocky finger of land that juts into the wild Bass Strait. Your only option for overnight here is to stay at the lighthouse. The cottages at the Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse sleep up to 12 and cost around $144 person depending on the season. More information and booking can be made here.

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.

GPX File

Total distance: 41577 m
Max elevation: 303 m
Min elevation: 2 m
Total climbing: 1599 m
Total descent: -1795 m
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4 thoughts on “Wilsons Promontory – Southern Circuit (41.5km)

  1. Hi,
    Going to lighthouse via little Waterloo Bay in 2 weeks. Just wondering if you have a rough time guide for this circuit. I.e. From telegraph saddle to little Waterloo Bay and from there to the lighthouse. I think this is the perfect way to do it.


    1. HI Jarrod. It is about 20km from Telegraph Saddle to the lighthouse via Little Waterloo Bay. I generally average 3km per hour for most hikes (that includes breaks) but all depends on how fast you walk I guess. Safe to say I’d allow 7-8 hours though.

  2. Hi
    I’m thinking about purchasing a Garmin etrex 30x handheld GPS to use on the hike from telegraph saddle to lighthouse.
    I read that Garmin GPS are limited to a total of 10,000 points per GPX file.
    Do you have an idea if that is enough to cover the typical GPX files for the tracks present in this wonderful website?
    As I have no clue and couldn’t find much information elsewhere, I’m wondering if you could give me some insights.

    Thank you in advance,

    Happy hikes!


    1. Hi Tom, thanks for messaging me. If you are planning on purchasing the GPS specifically for this hike, I just wanted to mention that you should not need one as the tracks are very well marked and easy to locate and follow. That being said, a GPS is a handy device and I don’t want to persuade you not to have one. So, I want to confirm that none of the files on my site have anything near that limit of 10,000 points so you will be fine. Maybe the multi-day ones that extend beyond 200km could push this upper limit.

      Hope this helps, Darren

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