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.
Max elevation: 303 m
Min elevation: 2 m
Total climbing: 1599 m
Total descent: -1795 m