I spent a week on 'The Prom' in January 2014 during an very hot spell of weather (temperatures in excess of 38ºC). It is a truly unspoilt wilderness and despite the popularity of Tidal River it is very easy to get away from the crowds. The bush camp sites at Sealer's Cove, Refuge Cove, Roaring Meg, Halfway Hut and Oberon Bay and in stunning locations. And the highlight was a stay at the beautiful accommodation at the lighthouse.
HOWEVER, we were very disappointed by some of the park rangers. As previously stated it was extraordinarily hot. We were walking, carrying laden packs, trying to avoid the heat of the day; however on one afternoon were forced to push on despite the temperature. At one point, whilst we were sheltering in the shade and 'flaked out' on the track, a park vehicle with four staff passed. They barely slowed down whilst we moved our bags, and certainly didn't stop to enquire as to whether we were in need of assistance. Given the exceptional heat it would have been nice if they simply asked if we needed help. The same applied to a family with young children who were camping and walking for the first time; the staff ignored their request to transport a bag in the truck. Rather disappointing and not really in the true ethos of backpacking and outdoor life.
I did mention the experience when we 'checked out' on our return at Tidal River, but suspect that it will go unreported.
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