Day Trip to Wilsons Promontory
By Josh Kavanagh
14th July 2010
Wilsons Prom is the third oldest park in the World and is home to 50% of Victoria’s bird species. It is also the most Southern point of Australia!! The amazing breath taking views are something that can’t be missed. So if you’re in/or travelling to Victoria then this is a MUST to be put on the agenda, it would be rude not to.
The day started at 7am where me and Tiffany were picked up at Cheap Az Travel in St Kilda along with some other guys, we were then taken to the main pick up point in the City. At around 8am we set off on the 3 hour journey to Wilsons Prom. You would think a 3 hour bus journey would be long and draining, but it was the opposite. Our tour guide Adam from Bunyip Tours was very entertaining from start to finish.
We finally arrived at Wilsons Prom at around 10am. Before stopping, we drove about 15kms where we saw some burnt out trees which were from the Black Saturday bushfires back in 2009. Very eye catching. We arrived at the main car park and stepped out from the mini bus. *Important notice* If you’re going in July wrap up warm. I stupidly thought jeans and a thin jumper would cover me. (Yeah, rightio)
Squeaky Beach was our first trek of the day. It started with a bush walk for about 1 hour until we reached Pillar point which was the peak of Wilsons Prom. Words can’t describe the views you get to see up there. It’s one of them “have to have been there to see it”. Literally breathtaking views of the coastlines. We stuck around up there for about 20 minutes to take probably the best pictures your camera could probably handle and take the scenery and atmosphere in. We then headed back down to make our way to Squeaky Beach, along the way the scenes were just getting better. It was such a windy day and we thought that would spoil it. If anything it made it better. The waves’ crashing against the rocks with such force was something special to see. We eventually made it onto Squeaky Beach. Such a beautiful beach, if it was the summer I could have stayed on it all day.
We then headed back to the bus for a rest and some lunch where we relaxed and took it all in and Adam the tour guide was throwing lots of interesting facts about Wilson Prom our way. After Lunch we started our second trek of the day through the rainforest. It’s about a 2 hour walk, really peaceful. You can hear the Wildlife all the way through and burnt down trees from the Black Saturday fires in 2009 which Adam tells you all about (fascinating) Once we got back from the rainforest walk we were all so eager to see some Australian Wildlife. Kangaroos, Emus and Wombats. Up to this day I have only seen these animals on Google (not the same). So as Adam promised at the start of the day that we would see this, he sure didn’t break that promise. We jumped on the Bus and went hunting!! 5 mins in and we saw a Wombat! Wey hey! Here we go. Then after taking about 400 pictures and asking about a million questions we drive on and to our right there was about 20-30 Emus. That was something special. Unfortunately we couldn’t get out of the bus as they are very territorial and are likely to attack of they see 30 people getting excited with their cameras and approaching them. However we was only meters away from them and we managed to get some good photographs. Now all I want to see is a Kangaroo! It was the last thing on the itinerary and I was wetting myself to see one. We reach this big open land bush and all jump out and make our way to where the Kangaroos hangout. Straight away we saw about 5 in a group hopping around and we continue to walk towards the rest of the kangaroo gang. It’s very safe and you can virtually stand inches away from them (if they let you) they are used to people visiting their home.
After an amazing day of great views, wildlife and amazing hikes it was time to head back to Melbourne. Everyone was exhausted and it was getting dark so Adam put on his iPod and we had a chillaxing3 hour journey back. Thanks to the guys at Cheap AZ Travel. This is a tour I would have probably never booked if they never recommended it. I would definitely do it again and recommend others to book it as well. Awesome!