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Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse

Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse
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5.0 of 5 bubblesJan 2020
This place is amazing!! The only way to get to it is to hike the 19km in and then back out again! The walk is long and fairly boring for the most part! There are 2 ways to get there, the first being, walking down the gravel access road, it’s not particularly pretty and while it starts off flat there are also some massive hills! When you finally catch sight of the light house there is still a couple of hours walking to actually get there! The last bit is a 700metre concrete very steep driveway to get to the top! The other way is longer but more scenic! We went this way on the way out and it’s definitely worth the extra few kilometres! You start of meandering through the bush, ending up at Waterloo bay which is 1km walking along the beach, then cross the middle of the island which is flat then back to the boring gravel road for the last 6km! The lighthouse, wow! The care takers are a lovely couple and nothing is to much trouble. You need to carry all your own food in but they do supple tea, coffee and milk. You also have to carry all your rubbish back out again. We stayed in the cottage, it is shared accommodation with 4 rooms and a shared sitting area, a fully equipped kitchen kitchen and 2 bathrooms and 2 toilets. You wouldn’t even really know there are other people there so it actually works well! The cottage is very clean and looked after. The grounds are beautiful and the views are amazing! There are a couple of resident wombats who came out every afternoon. We were able to go to the top of the lighthouse and there is also a museum with lots of interesting things to see and read. We stayed 2 nights which I would recommend as it is a long walk carrying all your things in! And it’s so pretty that’s it’s worth the day exploring the area and just watching the ocean.

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yololovetotravel
Brisbane, Australia67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
This place is amazing!! The only way to get to it is to hike the 19km in and then back out again!

The walk is long and fairly boring for the most part! There are 2 ways to get there, the first being, walking down the gravel access road, it’s not particularly pretty and while it starts off flat there are also some massive hills! When you finally catch sight of the light house there is still a couple of hours walking to actually get there! The last bit is a 700metre concrete very steep driveway to get to the top!

The other way is longer but more scenic! We went this way on the way out and it’s definitely worth the extra few kilometres! You start of meandering through the bush, ending up at Waterloo bay which is 1km walking along the beach, then cross the middle of the island which is flat then back to the boring gravel road for the last 6km!

The lighthouse, wow! The care takers are a lovely couple and nothing is to much trouble.
You need to carry all your own food in but they do supple tea, coffee and milk. You also have to carry all your rubbish back out again.

We stayed in the cottage, it is shared accommodation with 4 rooms and a shared sitting area, a fully equipped kitchen kitchen and 2 bathrooms and 2 toilets. You wouldn’t even really know there are other people there so it actually works well! The cottage is very clean and looked after. The grounds are beautiful and the views are amazing!
There are a couple of resident wombats who came out every afternoon.

We were able to go to the top of the lighthouse and there is also a museum with lots of interesting things to see and read.

We stayed 2 nights which I would recommend as it is a long walk carrying all your things in! And it’s so pretty that’s it’s worth the day exploring the area and just watching the ocean.
Written October 17, 2020
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Madshus
Canberra, Australia1,380 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
This is a must visit place in Wilsons prom. You need to hike in a fair distance to get there and stay at the lighthouse precinct in one of their fabulous looking guest houses, or else stay at one of the nearby campgrounds like Roaring Meg or Little Waterloo Bay. Lots of interesting history and buildings here - the lighthouse was built in the mid 1800s. Because there was a large group of us, we were able to get the onsite ranger to give us a tour of the museum. There are picnic tables looking out to see and a flushing toilet complete with loo paper and hand sanitiser. It's heaven on a stick here!
Written March 18, 2021
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JayJayTee
Melbourne, Australia37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Friends
We stayed at the lighthouse after walking in from Tidal River. Its a decent walk, probably best left to more experienced walkers. Under current conditions, taking into consideration roads and tracks closed due to flood damage, its about a 25km walk one way. The terrain is relatively difficult, and involved plenty of climbs and a shoes-off water crossing. You'll need to carry all your gear (aside from a tent) so the pack weight must also be taken into account.

The accommodation itself is in one of three separate buildings. We stayed in the more expensive option, which was about $110/night. It's expensive for shared dorm accommodation, but its a special experience - the hot showers when you get there will make it seem worth the price!

The accommodation is basic - all in single-bed bunks. Some rooms have 4 beds, some 2. We were a group of 6, and we split over two rooms. Another group of 6 shared the other two rooms.

The "house" we stayed in had a large, comfy lounge with a great heater and a range of novels and a decently-equipped kitchen with a heater. The kitchen has pots, a microwave, oven, gas hobs, lots of bowls and cutlery and a fridge. The bedrooms themselves are unheated, so if you are staying in the middle of winter (as we did) you need some decent sleeping bags. Bathrooms (2 in our house) and toilets (2, also) are shared amongst all guests. The place was impeccably clean.

The lighthouse tours are meant to run at scheduled times, but we missed the scheduled tour time and we were offered a tour when we arrived. We declined (the thought of more stairs after the walk was painful enough) but we did the tour the next morning with people from the other 2 houses. The views are magnificent, and if you are there on a clear day its unforgettable stuff.

We returned via the slightly longer walk route via Waterloo Bay, which is surely one of the highlights of the Park. I was in pain in the last few kms of the walk, which may have been avoided by taking the shorter return route, but Waterloo Bay was really worthwhile.
Written June 11, 2012
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Sandra H
Washington DC, DC8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016
I never expected that there would be drinking water much less hot showers! The hosts really knew about Australian lighthouses and Wilson's Prom on top of being very welcoming and giving very good hiking advice.

I hiked out to the lighthouse via Telegraph Track (a service road) from Mt. Oberon parking lot. It was a long (19km) up and down slog that wasn't very interesting. I hiked back by going from the lighthouse to Waterloo Bay, across the Prom to Oberon Bay and then on to Tidal River (25 km). Though the way back was longer, it was less tiring and much, much more beautiful. It was really beautiful.

Were I to do it again, I would have hiked out from Tidal River to Oberon Bay then to Telegraph Junction. From there, I'd take Telegraph track up past Roaring Megs to the Lighthouse. The reason I'd do this is that the trail from Tidal River to Telegraph Junction is pretty easy, though a bit longer than the one from Telegraph Saddle to Telegraph Junction, but it's gorgeous and the one from Telegraph Saddle is a boring slog. However, as beautiful as it is, the trail from Waterloo Bay toward the Light house has a very serious climb out of Waterloo Bay that I wouldn't want to do with a full pack in the afternoon of a full day hike. The trail continues to climb in and out of stream valleys. I'd do the trail from the Lighthouse to Waterloo Bay in the morning with a lighter pack. It's stunning and not that difficult in the morning with a lighter load and a downhill down to the bay rather than a climb out. I would retrace the path from Telegraph Junction to Tidal River the second day. It's not hard and it's beautiful enough that it's worth seeing twice. The hill up to Telegraph Saddle is unrelenting and boring.
Written February 23, 2016
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AccidentalTourist75
Melbourne, Australia15 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Friends
I was turning 40 and keen for an adventure so my sister recommended the lighthouse at Wilson's Prom. Well my friends and I decided to trek the 20km to check out the magnificent views we had heard so much about. They were spectacular, regrettably our trip was ruined by staff who did everything in their power to make us feel unwelcome. When we arrived we had booked the cottage, which seemed to cause some confusion for the old ranger, who kept insisting that it was our male and female companions sharing the cottage. Our friends were put in a sub standard cottage with views of a water tank, we were told we were the only ones here so they asked if they could move to the old brick building overlooking the water, they were refused as he'd already made the beds for them. The next day we asked if we could sit on the deck of the other accommodation and that was fine, only they took all the chairs and locked them inside so we took our own. Our friends ended up locked out on an occasion and the stay was awkward and became quite bizarre. The site is littered with what looks like asbestos. There was no lighthouse tour. Despite the magnificent views I'd strongly advise you to avoid staying if you can and instead camp at Oberon Bay which offers the views but not the disappointment. Hopefully Park Victoria pull their fingers out and maximise the views, aspect and awesome potential of the site. However with the public service mentality in place currently the service is akin to that of a host of grumpy ticket inspector rather than a savvy hospitality provider. Avoid!
Written May 10, 2015
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FionaLc
Stonnington, Australia29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
Day 1: We started off our Wilsons Prom weekend in Tidal Falls in one of the new cabins – these are spacious and fully equipped with a full kitchen and outdoor dining area. Squeaky Beach is worth a visit, but watch out for the ginormous flies – they bite!

Day 2: We decided to hike (departed at 8.10am) from Tidal River to The Lighthouse via Oberon Bay – during this hike you go through Telegraph Junction, Halfway Hut (lunch) and Roaring Meg. The first 3/4 of this hike was easy-moderate (well defined bush tracks, beach walks and vehicle tracks) with the final stretch into The Lighthouse being the most challenging. We saw two snakes during our decent to The Lighthouse, one was a large Tiger Snake which was resting on the side rock (they are hard to see). *** Note *** We found the beach signage hard to spot – the track is roughly half way along the bay, keep on hiking and you will find it.

After 5 hours and 25km we arrived at The Lighthouse and were greeted by Andrew our host for the night. Andrew is very friendly and knowledgeable about the local area, wildlife and The Lighthouse. The views from Banks Cottage are spectacular and well worth the hike and sore legs.

Andrew provided a guided tour of The Lighthouse and explained the history and the evolution of the mechanics. The highlight of our trip was our wild close encounter with a Wombat – truly magical! Andrew said he doesn't need to mow the lawns very often as the Wombats appear at twilight and do a great job of keeping the grass trim.

Weather: 21 degrees and sunny – perfect hiking weather.
Time: Completed 25km in 5 hours.
Food: Food/rubbish – carry in, carry out. There is a bin for food scraps.

Day 3: We departed The Lighthouse at 7.10am and started our journey back to Telegraph Saddle. We decided to hike back via Waterloo Bay based on TripAdvisor reviews (THANK YOU!). The first section of the hike from the Lighthouse to Waterloo Bay was the most challenging of the whole hike, this may be because we were sore from the previous day – there are a lot of hills, but the scenery is worth it – this was my favourite vegetation (rainforest) / section of the hike. We did not see other hikers until we hit Waterloo Bay. Once we were on the main path we encountered roughly 20 hikers (I believe most of them had camped at Waterloo Bay), this is a fairly easy path with clear hiking structures in place. We have added a camping trip to Waterloo Bay to our hiking list.

*** Note *** We found the beach signage hard to spot – the track is roughly half way along the bay, keep on hiking and you will find it.

Once we hit Telegraph Junction we were back on the vehicle track which we found fairly easy (minus the aching body). The final 3-4km into Telegraph Saddle is a moderate uphill climb. My suggestion with hills is to wear a cap and take it one step at a time – don't look to far ahead as it becomes overwhelming – the cap blocks your view. We arrived at Telegraph Saddle after 4.5 hours of hiking and 22kms. At least an hour of our hike was in the pouring rain, so make sure you have a rain coat, a bag coat and a warm jumper to change into when you arrive. Buses run every 15mins from Telegraph Saddle to Tidal River.

Weather: 17 degrees overcast and raining.
Time: Completed 22km in 4.5 hours.

WE MADE IT!!
Total hiking time: 47km in 9.5hours.

PS. Our Bamboo socks from Anaconda worked a treat!
Written February 12, 2017
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SusieS994
Canberra, Australia171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
Stunning and the rangers are great. We stayed 2 nights in Banks cottage and were glad of the extra night. I did due diligence on what we needed to carry but found we didn't need tea, coffee, shampoo, soap & condiments. (Lightweight but it all adds up). Recommend dehydrated food & powdered milk. Keep an energy bar for the final climb! Rest at Halfway Hut and Roaring Meg as needed. Telegraph Track wasn't boring.
Written May 1, 2016
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Dmpitts
Melbourne, Australia11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Couples
The hikes to and from the lighthouse are both wonderful - we took the 21km eastern track via Waterloo bay, where we watched sea lions in the surf while we ate lunch, then the less challenging but longer and just as beautiful 24km track back to tidal river via Oberon bay. It's a good climb up heartbreak hill to the lighthouse but more than repaid once you arrive. The views are breathtaking at sunset, and the shower and cup of tea after a day of hiking will be one of the most enjoyable you ever have.

We stayed in cottage 4, which was only opened in January this year and is a private cottage with very comfy double bed rather than the shared dorm accommodation. It's not cheap (explained partly by the fact that everything there has to be brought in by helicopter) but as a special treat it was well worth it. Can't recommend highly enough.

Oh, remember that you need to take out what you bring into the park, so if you are thinking of bringing a bottle of wine for the evening (you definitely should) you might want to consider wine in a bag rather than a bottle...
Written April 7, 2014
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whiskywhiskymac
Caterham, UK66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Friends
We stayed at the lighthouse whilst walking the Southern Wilson's Promontory footpath - and it was the highlight of the trip.

The walk is a challenge - from Refuge Cove Campsite (which is in itself pretty fantastic) it is in excess of 20km over difficult terrain and river crossings. But don't let this put you off because the stay at the lighthouse makes up for the rigours.

We were the only visitors on the night of our stay and slept in one of the cottages with a conservatory on the side - it had fantastic views of the setting sun. There are comfortable beds in the dormitories, a clean kitchen with very good facilities, an interesting collection of local historical photographs on the wall, a library/snug and hot showers. And it is all so warm, welcoming and cosy.

Our visit to Wilson's Promontory was during the really hot weather of January 2014 (temperatures in the high 30s) but the long days of getting to (and from) the lighthouse were well worth it. My recommendation would be to stay here two nights - one is simply not enough. And if you can do also climb to the top of the tower - the views are incredible.
Written January 21, 2014
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Sunshine3844
Traralgon, Australia539 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Friends
Walked to the lighthouse and stayed the night with a small group of friends. It is about a 20km walk each way depending on the route you take. They offer levels of accommodation so the price varies but it is worth it. Just be prepared to carry in all your needs and out all your rubbish. The rangers who stay at the lighthouse offer free tours which are well worth it.
Written January 26, 2016
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