Wilsons Promontory Southern Circuit Day 3

Roaring Meg to Little Waterloo Bay (17 km)

This was going to be the longest section of the walk, but because the track is very easy to follow and because the lighthouse is a great spot for an extended lunch break half-way through, it didn’t take as long to walk as I thought it would.

It was still raining in the morning, so I tried to pack up as much as possible while still in the tent, and I prepared full rain gear. Fortunately the rain then stopped and I was able to have breakfast outside and pack up without hurrying.

Lighthouse
Lighthouse

Because of the rain earlier I left quite late, only around 10.30am. I had hoped to leave earlier due to the relatively long walk ahead. On the first part of the walk there was still constant drizzle all the way to the lighthouse, where I arrived at noon.

I walked all the way up the very steep track to the lighthouse, where I was greeted by a friendly Parks staff person who explained to me where I could find a drinking water tap, toilets and a small shelter for day visitors.

Lighthouse to Waterloo Bay
Lighthouse to Waterloo Bay

I dropped my gear in the day visitors shelter, jumped into some dry clothes and cooked instant noodles for lunch. Meanwhile the weather improved and it would stay dry for the rest of the afternoon.

At 1am I was back at the lighthouse track junction from where it was another 10km to Little Waterloo Bay. The first hour I walked through many sections of wet forest. The second hour was mostly a steady uphill climb to the top of the range, from where it was another hour of descend down to the beach.

Waterloo Bay
Waterloo Bay

The beach at Waterloo Bay was absolutely wonderful, probably the greatest beach I found in Victoria so far. It reminded me a lot of Wineglass Bay in Tasmania. Beautiful clean white sand, clear blue water, no sea grass, and with the afternoon sun and blue sky it appeared I was there at the best time of the day. The final part of the track to Little Waterloo Bay camp started at the other end of the beach.

After a short walk I arrived at the campground. To my surprise it was packed with people. More people kept arriving and in the end people had to be lucky to get a spot for their tent — there must have been 25-30 tents. Clearly this seemed to be a popular destination for weekend hikers, because it’s easily accessible from the car park via a direct track.

Crested Tern
Crested Tern

I pitched my tent a bit away from the main area and started to cook dinner. The campground again was located in a beautiful location, right at the beach. Unfortunately it wasn’t just full of people, but also full of leeches and mosquitoes and there was only little water available.

My tent neighbour told me how he had been coming to camp in the Prom for the last 34 years and never seen so little fresh water before. Much of Australia is in drought, due to climate change.

Little Waterloo Bay
Little Waterloo Bay

While I ate dinner it slowly started to rain again. I just so managed to wash my dishes and brush my teeth before the rain got too much and I retreated to my tent.

I would have liked to do some night photography at the beach, but instead I wrote my diary for the day and read a book on my iPad.


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