Wilsons Promontory Southern Circuit Day 4

Little Waterloo Bay to Refuge Cove (7 km)

This was one of the best days on the trail. I got up at 7am when the sun rose and shone on my tent. It looked like a terrific day so before I even started breakfast I spent about an hour at the beach.

To my surprise half the campground was already empty and the rest was preparing to leave. Most of them must have been weekend hikers who came in yesterday and now walked back out via Telegraph Track. I don’t really get people like that. It would take no more than 3-4h to walk out, so there’s really no need to leave at 7am when you’re camping at one of the most beautiful beaches in Victoria and have such great weather.

Little Waterloo Bay
Little Waterloo Bay

The only ones who stayed back were my tent neighbours, a guy who had been hiking and camping in the Prom for 34 years, and his son. They made the most of the day, and by the time I left at 11am they were still at the beach swimming.

The first part of the track was pretty exposed and windy, then some sections of wet forest again. After a short beach section the track climbed to Kersops Peak through dry and sandy forest, then a steady descent down to Refuge Cove. After only 3h I was there.

Refuge Cove
Refuge Cove

Several boats were anchoring in the bay, and there was even a dedicated boat camp area. Based on the number of boat signs that were put on display there, it clearly seems to be a popular spot for yachts.

Another wonderful place to camp, beautiful beach with very calm and clear water. Very open and large camp area with good water supply. There was a short boardwalk to the beach — where I almost stepped on a brown snake — or you could walk through the lagoon right next to the campground.

Refuge Cove campsite
Refuge Cove campsite

I pitched my tent next to the lagoon, there was a cool breeze and I figured it would keep mosquitoes away later in the evening. Some other hikers stopped for lunch, but in the end I was the only one staying that night.

Without the cold wind I would have been tempted to go for a swim, but it was quite chilly and after dinner I even ended up wearing light gloves.

Night sky at Refuge Cove
Night sky at Refuge Cove

Except for occasional clouds it was a wonderful starlit night. I had been looking forward to a night like that to try and take photos of the night sky. A remote location in a National Park is perfect for that because there is no light pollution from nearby towns.


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