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This hike is in a remote area. Map and compass navigation is required. Only experienced, well equipped and physically fit hikers should attempt this hike.
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. This is a challenging hike with long stretches along five mile beach, multiple headlands to traverse which require navigation skills, river crossings and sections through muddy swamp and marsh land with minimal navigation aids.
The following conditions apply to the Northern Circuit.
- 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.
- The current price (December 2020) for overnight hikes in the prom is $7.00 per person per night but this is revised annually.
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)
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.
Wilsons Promontory National Park is approximately three hours drive from Melbourne. Follow the Monash Freeway (M1) to join the South Gippsland Freeway (M420/A440) to Meeniyan. Take the Meeniyan- Promontory Road (C444) to the Wilsons Promontory Entrance.
Tidal River Visitor Centre is 30km south of the park entrance. You will need to register at the visitors center before commencing this hike. They will then direct you to the trail-head.
There is no fuel at Tidal River. The closest fuel outlet is at Yanakie.
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.
Max elevation: 174 m
Min elevation: 1 m
Total climbing: 1253 m
Total descent: -1249 m