We’ve lived in Melbourne for over six months and Wilsons Promontory National Park has always been a recommended place for a weekend visit. At very short notice, we managed to snap up an overnight stay at Prom Gate Getaway with a couple of our friends in early December.
As always, we vlogged our trip, which included our first time seeing some typical Aussie animals along with a casual hike up Mt Oberon. Check out the video below and subscribe to Joe’s YouTube channel.
The drive from Melbourne to Wilsons Promontory National Park is roughly three hours, so it’s a great short road trip for a weekend getaway.
As soon as we checked in to our cabin, the owners of the property highly recommended we go to Cotters Beach. We’d arrived at around 7pm, the start of dusk during the summertime in Victoria, Australia.
The drive was around 30 minutes from our cabin to the car park and the walk to the beach was supposed to be about 20 minutes. However, we got caught up with all the animals that came out, so we spent a good hour taking photos, before we caught the sunset on the beach.
We’d never actually encountered a (live) kangaroo before this day and we somehow managed to see over ten, as well as a wombat and an emu. If you watch the vlog up above, you’ll even see some footage of the roos boxing each other at the end!
As you can tell from the photos, the colour of the sky was insane. The lighting only got better and it was perfect for photos.
Golden hour is always the best hour.
It was amazing to end the walk with an unforgettable sunset on the beach. Our friends actually brought their fondue kit to the cabin, so we quickly walked back to the car, before it started pouring it down and got too dark.
Fondue, wine and a board game — a perfect evening in
Wilsons Promontory National Park - Mount Oberon
After pumping ourselves with all the powerade and coffee—to clear the *ahem* cheese hangover—we went on our way to explore more of the national park.
We hiked up Mt Oberon, which is short one hour hike that left us more time in the afternoon to see other things. Little did we know, we’d get too snap happy (again) and it would take up the whole day.
We visited Wilsons Promontory National Park during December, however being in Victoria you don’t actually get consistent weather, especially the further south you are. It was cloudy and spitting a bit, but we were pretty pleased with the weather as it was perfect for photography.
I love that moody dark feel to photos, especially in nature.
Once we made it to the top, it was hideously windy. I was actually quite scared we were going to get knocked off, so we didn’t really to stay too long at the summit.
We really wanted to visit the sand dunes by Stockyard Camp, but after a quick stop to Squeaky Beach, we decided the weather really wasn’t in our favour. So instead, we opted for a bowl of 🍜 on our way home to Melbourne!
If we went back to Wilsons Prom, we’d want to check out Sealers Cove. But as it’s a longer trek (about 3 hours each way — without taking photos) we didn’t have time. Of course, that’s all the more reason to go back again…
All photos in this post were taken with my Fujifilm X-T10 + 35mm f/2 lens. It’s a camera I’ve grown to really love for all types of travel photography and would recommend it for its quality, size and enjoyment!
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