• Length: 60km

  • Duration: 3-4 days

  • Grade: 5

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: 5 Mile Road Car Park

  • End: 5 Mile Road Car Park

  • Location: Wilsons Promontory National Park

  • Closest Town: Yanakie

  • Distance from CBD: 225km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -38.9218151700

  • Longitude: 146.3025766600

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Wilsons Promontory – Northern Circuit is a 60km, grade 5 Circuit hike located in Wilsons Promontory National Park Victoria. The hike should take approximately 3-4 days to complete.


The Prom has always been a popular destination for hikers. You may be familiar with destinations such as Sealers Cove, Refuge Cove, Waterloo Bay, Oberon Bay and the Lighthouse, these are all fabulous places for both the day and overnight hiker. If you are seeking a greater challenge and more of a wilderness experience, see what the Wilsons Promontory – Northern Circuit has to offer.

Day 1 (18.4km)

  • Five Mile Road car park to Barry Creek camp (6.7 km, 2 hours)
  • Barry Creek camp to Five Mile Beach camp (12.5 km, 3.5 hours)

Day 2 (17.5km)

  • Five Mile Beach camp to Johnny Souey Cove camp (3.5km, 1.5 – 2 hours)
  • Johnny Souey Cove camp to Tin Mine Cove camp (15km, 6-7 hours)

Day 3 (11.5km)

  • Tin Mine Cove camp to Lower Barry Creek camp (12 km, 4-6 hours)

Day 4 (9.7km)

  • Lower Barry Creek camp to Five Mile Road car park (10.3 km, 3-4 hours)

Only experienced, well equipped and physically fit hikers should attempt this hike.

Download Permit Application Form

Download Self Assessment Form

Download Overnight Hike Notes

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.

Much of the northern section of the park is a remote wilderness zone with few facilities.


The following conditions apply to the Barry Creek, Lower Barry Creek, Tin Mine Cove, Johnny Souey Cove and Five Mile Beach overnight hike camp areas.

  • Hikers must fill out a €˜Hiker Self Assessment Form’ before a hiking permit is issued. Call 13 1963 for further information
  • Some track sections are marked with flagging tape however other sections are undefined therefore hikers must be proficient in navigation with a map and compass
  • Overnight camping is permitted for two consecutive nights only at each of the camp areas throughout the year
  • Maximum group size at any one campsite is six
  • Toilets are not provided. Bury all faecal waste and paper at least 15cm deep and at least 100 metres from campsites and watercourses. Mix waste with soil to aid decomposition and discourage animals.
  • Hikers must obtain a permit before commencing their walk and carry it with them at all times. After completing your hike, please return your permit to the Tidal River Visitor Centre or in the permit boxes located at the Five Mile car park, outside the Park Entrance Station or outside the Tidal River Visitor Centre. This system informs rangers of your safe return.


Total distance: 58995 m
Max elevation: 174 m
Min elevation: 1 m
Total climbing: 1253 m
Total descent: -1249 m
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46 thoughts on “Wilsons Promontory – Northern Circuit (60km)

  1. Hi Darren and Julie, just found this 🙂 Very helpful thanks as I am starting this hike next Monday! Keep up this wonderful work with your site! Looking forward to either joining you both on another hike or using your site more! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Izabella. We look forward to hearing how much you enjoy the hike. Please post any trail notes or comments on the hike when you have completed it. Look forward to catching up soon.

  2. hey, I did this hike on the weekend and just wanted to thank you soo much for the GPX file you provided! That literally was gold for us to find our way in the dense bush sometimes :).
    So again, thank you so much for sharing that!

      1. There’s plenty of water at Tin Mine Cove campsite and Lower Barry Creek campsite. Drank the Tin Mine Cove water even untreated because it’s fast stream and looks very alright ;).
        There is also some water at Johnny Souey Cove campsite, however it’s quite stale there so not sure of the quality.

        BTW: We found hardly any tape in the area of Three Mile Point (just after Johnny Souey Cove campsite when heading north) and most of the tape was totally faded as well already (so it was white instead of pink). Maybe it was just us not finding the right trail but we eventually just bush bashed our own trail up there, so be prepared ;). That’s where your GPX file came really handy for the rough directions where we have to go.

        And the Chinaman swamp is totally dry BTW because there was hardly any rain this season. So no swamp to fight through whatsoever.

  3. Completed this hike on 27 March 2016. Found water near the five mile creek camp site. Look across the estuary from the campsite. There is a tree with an orange reflector. Approximately 50 left of the reflector you will see the mouth of a gully. Water can be found here.

    Jonny Souey was stagnant and in short supply.

    Tim Mine Camp has a creek running into the beach. Fresh water can be found here.

    Lower Barry Creek has flowing water.

    Camp sites were all good for a number of tents except for Johnny Souey. Don’t bother trying to camp here.

  4. Did this hike over Easter this year. We were fortunate enough to have a dry swam crossing. If you are planning this it is important to watch the tides and know how to read a map and follow a bearing as we came across a lot of people who had become lost for hours in some sections.

    1. Hi Nathan. The campsite at Johnny Souey is on the headland near the beach. It is tiny and only suitable for a few small tents. Water is hard to find there too and last time I was there it was only a trickle. We camped at five mile beach then headed straight to Tim mine cove

  5. Hi
    I am about to embark on the north loop and think your trail map would be a great asset but am wondering which GPX app to use to open it. Does anyone have suggestions.

    1. I use pocket earth on iPhone. I’d suggest taking a topo map and compass though as I’ve come across people navigation with a phone on this circuit and they were list as their phone battery had died.

  6. Hi Sophie
    Did you end up doing the northern circuit? I’m thinking of competing this hike in a few weeks so looking for any updates from people who have done it recently. Any information would be much appreciated (i.e. water supply, navigation etc)
    Thank you in advance!


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