Three hours outside of Melbourne is a Victorian State Park called Wilson’s Promontory (or The Prom, as the Australians call it). With over 50K Hectares of land to explore, the peninsula boasts tens of beaches, mountains, marshes, and wetlands. While the park surely deserves at least a few days, we had the time to just spend one day at the Park. With our choice amongst 20 planned trails, we selected a moderate level route which led you through forested paths and hilly inlets to 4 secluded beaches: Norman Beach & Tidal River, Squeaky Beach, Picnic Bay, and Whisky Beach.
Driving into The Prom at daybreak we could already tell the park was going to be unlike anything we had ever seen. The surrounding area was filled with rolling hills and valleys, still blanketed in fog in the early morning. The route drove us up and around a winding road to tidal river giving us glimpses of the coast as we drove along.
As we began our hike, every 5 minutes warranted a pause to breath in the panorama. The path was covered in fluffy white sand, making it one for bare feet rather than hiking boots! Of course we took this time to practice a few of our yoga moves, to make for some of those classic beach yoga picts!
Our first stop at Squeaky Beach was superb! Hiking along, yet again our toes squeaked in the white quartz sand. We were brought back to our times at Whitsundays and Whitehaven Beach. We were alone except for 3 other people on the perfectly sunny day under a royal blue sky dotted with bright white clouds.
Continuing along to Picnic Bay we arrived with the low tide. The shallow waves and water reflected the sky, making us feel as if we were walking on a mirror, marking our trail with our footsteps. We stopped for lunch at Whisky Beach where we enjoyed watching a few surfers and stand up paddle boarders catch perfect midday waves.
Already the late afternoon we headed back along the path. The afternoon light beautifully captured the green and blue of the the trees and water alike. We were thrilled to see the local animals coming out of hiding as dusk made its way to The Prom. We felt fortunate to see small red parrots, Wallabies (maybe a kangaroo, we are not sure how to tell the difference), and Wombats. Of course, our enthusiasm was not met by the Australians along the path, as it was just another roo for them! Raphael got some great shots with his go pro!
As evening hit, we drove out of The Prom, anxious to return and explore the other corners of the park.
Below are the photos from our trip, sorry from the quantity, but the variety of panoramas was absolutely impressive. Personally, I am astounded at the quality of our photos, I am thinking of printing a few of my own post cards!