Wilsons Promontory Southern Circuit Day 1

Tidal River to Oberon Bay (7.6 km)

Last week I spent six days (five nights) hiking the Southern circuit in Wilsons Promontory National Park. It’s not really a promoted circuit walk, but if one connects all the campsites in the Southern half of Wilsons Promontory, the result will be a nice circuit walk of roughly 62km. Most people seem to walk it clockwise — some sections are a bit easier that way — but I walked it anti-clockwise.

I was meant to meet up at Tidal River with a fellow hiker who I met in 2013 on the Great South West Walk. Unfortunately I left late again and also programmed my car GPS to the park entrance, where I noticed it was another 30km to Tidal River. By the time I arrived my friend had already left. I organised my permits and when I was ready to leave it was 2pm.

Tidal River to Oberon Bay
Tidal River to Oberon Bay

I assumed I would catch him at Oberon Bay camp, but because he walked straight to Roaring Meg camp and I stayed at Oberon Bay for the first night, he was always one campsite ahead of me and we never met.

The walk started with a sandy track to South Norman Beach. Then a light ascent, crossing some minor hills and down to Little Oberon bay with a short walk on the beach. From there it went up another hill and followed an easy coastal track over to Oberon Bay. The rest of the walk was on the beach, to the campsite at the other end of it. Overall it was an easy 2.5h walk.

Oberon Bay
Oberon Bay

I was the only camper except for a school class with ten kids. Wilsons Promontory seems to be a popular destination for outdoor education classes. The camp area was beautiful with plenty of tent sites within the dense bush land. Unfortunately no water was available, but I had been aware of it and brought enough with me. One thing I’ve learnt in the past is that it’s always worth checking the Parks Victoria website for the latest info on park conditions before heading off on a walk.


More photos of this walk are in the album Wilsons Promontory — Southern Circuit.