Refuge Cove to Sealers Cove (6.4 km)
This was the best day on the walk. I woke up to a wonderful morning with sunshine and blue sky. It was very cold but no wind at all, so one could hear every little bird. I was in no hurry to pack up, it would only be a 2h walk from Refuge Cove to Sealers Cove.
I left around 10am. The track started at the boat camp area at the other end of the beach. A short forest walk led to the — much larger, but less sheltered — Northern section of Refuge Cove.
Interestingly the quality of sand at the Northern beach was completely different from the Southern one. The sand was so coarse-grained and deep that walking with a backpack was very tiring. Fortunately after a few metres along the beach the walk turned into the forest again.
The first half was a steady ascend to a lookout area on a cliff edge with fantastic views, crossing through wet forest and large fields of fern. From the lookout it was a short descent through dry forest down to Sealers Cove camp, where I arrived just before noon.
After setting up my camp I grabbed all my camera gear and went for a long walk on the beach. The weather was amazing and I walked all the way to the far end of the beach and back in perfect sunshine. I met a handful of day tourists but otherwise I had the beach to myself. It's a wonderful experience to have a remote beach to yourself.
I went back to the camp to have early dinner and then went for another walk. By then it was low tide and one could even walk out to some sand banks. I spent some time watching a White-faced heron catch one fish after another.
Just before 5pm a group of school kids arrived. As much of a pain it is for other hikers looking for peace and tranquility, to camp next to a group of noisy school kids in a remote forest, I kind of admire Australian kids for having outdoor education as a school subject. It should be a school subject for kids all over the world.
I watched the sunset while finishing my diary and then cooked a cup of tea before going down to the beach for another attempt at photographing the night sky. It was a starlit night again with less clouds than the night before. It was really cold so I wore four layers of shirts and jackets, but I had to go in shorts and crocs because a small creek needed to be crossed.
I find trying to improve my photography skills to be one of the most relaxing and rewarding experiences. Camping in a National Park at a remote beach, standing on a sand bank a few hundred metres offshore (due to low tide) in a cold night, in shorts and crocs, then switching off my head light and pressing the camera shutter, waiting in pitch-black darkness for the 30sec exposure to finish, and then seeing the beautiful result: priceless!
More photos of this walk are in the album Wilsons Promontory — Southern Circuit.