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6 Day Wilsons Promontory and East Gippsland Walk

Wilsons Promontory and East Gippsland

A guided 6 day Pack-Free walk

This Pack-Free walk combines the magnificent areas of Wilsons Promontory and East Gippsland into a 6 day walking holiday. Explore the southernmost tip of Australia on the spectacular peninsula of Wilsons Promontory National Park. Covering over 50,000 hectares this National Park is a landscape of rugged granite mountains, lush rainforests, pristine beaches and a stunning coastline. Fringing the coastline also lies the Wilson Promontory Marine National Park which protects a network of underwater rocky reefs, colourful sponge gardens as well as offshore islands that support colonies of fur seals and penguins. Explore East Gippsland’s beautiful national parks and reserves which are among the best in the world, with a stunning mix of scenery. On this 6-day journey take in the sights from enormous woods with rushing rivers to the wild Australian bush and beautiful rainforest regions. Explore the underground wonder of Buchan Caves or walk the world-famous beaches of Wilsons Promontory, Ninety Mile Beach, or Croajingolong National Park. This incredible walk has been carefully designed so you can experience a range of landscapes in the National Parks from the mountains to the sea. On land, you will enjoy a range of walking experiences discovering the spectacular landscapes of the north, west and east. We will also explore the Marine National Park by boat, to fully appreciate its beauty and grandeur.

Overview - Wilson Prom and East Gippsland

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A Pack Free Walking Experience

Walk with as little as your water and lunch

This walking holiday has been designed for those looking for a guided multi-day walking experience where everything is taken care of for you. Our guests won’t be asked to carry their clothes or overnight bags for the entire tour, as our tours are designed to be pack-free experiences. This is a big advantage for our guests, in that you will avoid carrying a heavy rucksack on your back every day. With Life’s An Adventure, you will carry as little as your water bottle,  camera and lunch.

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Beach Houses Yanakie

2 nights stay

Our guests will enjoy 2 nights at the Beach Houses at Yanakie, just 10 minutes from the gate of Wilsons Promontory National Park. The two storey homes are stylish and airy with glimpses of the ocean and gorgeous communal spaces.

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Bridges on Argyle, Traralgon

1 nights stay

Bridges on Argyle is a 4 star motel in Traralgon, close to the city centre. Offering stylish rooms with modern amenities. Guests can enjoy access to a seasonal solar-heated pool, free WiFi and complimentary passes to SkyFitness gym.

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Orbost Motel

2 nights stay

Uniquely designed Orbost Motel is halfway between Melbourne and Canberra on the coastal road. The contemporary styled boutique motel offers a unique break in a peaceful rural setting. Each room has an ensuite and a generous kitchenette with modern appliances including a Nspresso coffee machine with a few complimentary pods to enjoy.

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Waratah Hills Winery

Celebratory lunch day 3 after your walk

On day 3 we will also enjoy a special highlight lunch, with a celebratory lunch and wine tasting at Waratah Hills Winery offering stunning vistas.

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Cruise the Marine National Park

Our exra wow factor

Wilson’s Promontory’s Marine Park that fringes the National Park is just as impressive as the landscapes on land and certainly can’t be missed when visiting Wilsons Promontory. Our 2.5 hour cruise takes us to the southern point of the National Park along the way passing a multitude of pretty islands including the impressive Skull Rock. Look out for the Australian Fur seal colony that call this area home and at certain times of the year we may be lucky enough to see dolphins and migrating whales.

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Personalised Tours

Maximum of 12 people

Our tours are designed to be personal and intimate with a maximum group size of 12 people.

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Paddock to Plate Superb Dining

Perfectly matched with local wines

On tour enjoy a wonderful array of local produce. With chickens to provide fresh eggs, home-grown herbs, and seasonal fruit and veg to use in the kitchen.

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Our CEO Guides

Chief Experience Officers

Our guides are proudly 100% Victorian. We call them our CEOs – Chief Experience Officers and it’s their job to ensure your tour exceeds your expectations. Our guides have grown up walking the trails of Victoria. Their wealth of knowledge and expertise ensure your tour is relaxing, fun and informative.

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21 Tourism Awards of Excellence

including Australia's best Adventure Tourism Company

Life’s an Adventure have won 21 Tourism Awards of Excellence including the Qantas Australian Tourism Award for Australia’s Best Adventure Company. Awards are great, but our biggest accolade which we value even more, is that our clients come back and travel with us time and time again.

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Genuinely all-inclusive

You won't even pay credit card fees

Our walking tours are all genuinely all-inclusive and once you pay for your tour there are no hidden extras. During your evening meals, you won’t need to put your hand in your pocket to pay for wine as this is included in the price of the tour. Everything down to the smallest detail has been taken care of, we won’t even ask you to pay additional credit card fees.

 

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NEW Flexiwalk Add-On

Cancel for any reason option

Our walking tours are all genuinely all-inclusive and once you pay for your tour there are no hidden extras. During your evening meals, you won’t need to put your hand in your pocket to pay for wine or beer as this is included in the price of the tour. We won’t even ask you to pay additional credit card fees when booking.

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Tour Itinerary

Tour Inclusions
6 Day Wilsons Promontory and East Gippsland Walk

Your 6 day walking holiday includes:

  • Fully supported walk with no overnight packs to carry
  • Cruise to explore Wilsons Prom Marine National Park
  • 2 nights at Beach Houses, Yanakie
  • 1 night at Bridges on Argyle, Traralgon
  • 2 nights in Orbost Motel, Orbost
  • Celebratory Winery Lunch on day 3 at Waratah Hills Winery
  • 6 delicious walkers lunches to enjoy whilst walking
  • 5 superb dinners served with Australian wine or beer if you prefer
  • 5 x hot / cold breakfasts
  • Fresh fruit and trail mix to enjoy while walking
  • Professionally guided by local guides – Our guides are locals who are passionate, well trained and enthusiastic with the ability to bring to life a depth of information
  • Transfers to and from Melbourne CBD
  • Optional tour of Buchan Caves
  • National Park Fees
  • NO Credit Card Fees
Day One: Darby River - Tongue Point - Darby Saddle - Squeaky Beach
6 Day Wilsons Promontory and East Gippsland Walk

SUGGESTED PRE NIGHT ACCOMMODATION: Grand Chancellor Melbourne

DEPARTURE TIME: 7.30am

TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: 3 hours transfer from Melbourne to start your walk. Afternoon: 45 minute transfer from end of the trail to our accommodation.

TRAIL NOTES: 10.2kms. 4.5 hours walking with breaks. Medium Grade

TERRAIN: A combination of formal, raised boardwalk, wide sandy paths and wide management trails. The surface is firm sand, dirt or gravel underfoot with few obstacles. There are a few steady, steep ascents and descents.

WALK ITINERARY: Meet your guide at our central Melbourne Hotel for transfers to Wilsons Promontory. Today our first stop is the Prom’s most famous beach, enjoy walking along pristine white sands of Squeaky Beach (it really does Squeak) and see the pretty lichen-covered boulders, a great place to enjoy lunch. Afterwards, we walk from Darby River to Tongue Point and then on to Darby Saddle offering magnificent forest and coastal scenery. Descend steeply through flow-dotted coastal heathland to beautiful Tongue Point a headland jewelled with tumbled boulders of weathered granite. Walk through stunning casuarina and stringybark forests and discover amazing views of the pyramid-shaped Rodondo Island from Sparkes Lookout before reaching Darby Saddle. From here we transfer to our accommodation at Tombolo Lodge. Tonight enjoy a wonderful dinner perfectly matched wines. A wonderful way to finish the day.

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Day Two: Walk Lilly Pilly Gully and Mt Bishop + cruise
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TRAIL DETAILS: 10kms. 3 hours walking. Grade: Medium with hard section to Mount Bishop (optional).

TERRAIN: Gentle walking on a steep, narrow path. Early sections are relatively easy-going, on a wide track, which becomes narrower, rockier and more challenging as you make your way to Mt Bishop. Elevation gain of 286m. Medium grade.

ITINERARY: After a hot and cold breakfast, we enjoy a morning transfer to our cruise boat to explore the spectacular protected Marine National Park of Wilsons Promontory. We cruise to the southern tip of Wilsons Promontory discovering small islands along the way including impressive Skull Rock. This area is home to an Australian Fur Seal Colony and it is always a delight to see them frolicking in the sea or lazing on the rock. At different times of the year, we may also encounter bottlenose dolphins and migrating whales. Afterwards, we commence our walk which takes us into the Promontory’s forested interior.  From Tidal River we make our way through one of Australia’s southernmost warm temperate rainforest listening out for the birdlife along the way. From here we ascend through stringybark forest to the summit of Mount Bishop. The views from the top, over the Prom’s coast and offshore islands, are simply breathtaking. Afterwards, we return to our accommodation for a wonderful dinner accompanied by local wines.

Day Three: Vereker Outlook, Millers Landing and Scenic & Lyrebird Loop Track
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TRANSFER TIMES:  Afternoon: 1h 10min minute transfer after lunch to Tarra-Bulga National Park to the start of the Scenic & Lyrebird Loop Track.  At the end of the trail drive 1hr 10min to our accommodation.

TRAIL DETAILS: 8.25kms. 3 hours walking with breaks. Medium grade to Vereker Lookout. Easy/medium grade to Millers Landing. After lunch 6kms. 2hr Scenic & Lyrebird Loop Track.

TERRAIN: Track climbs through stringybark forest and a tumble of granite boulders. A combination of wide sandy paths and wide management trails. The surface is firm sand, dirt or gravel underfoot with few obstacles. There are some steep sections and this walk has an impressive elevation gain of 466m. Scenic & Lyrebird Track is an easy and fairly flat trail.

ITINERARY: This morning enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting out on one of our favourite walks in the park and also for many of the park rangers in this area. The walk has animals that are not afraid of people and you may well encounter wombats and wallabies along the way. Meander through open banksia woodland and through forests of stringy bark, before heading up past the tower-like granite boulders on the ridge to Vereker Lookout. At the top are awe-inspiring views over the northern section of Wilsons Promontory including magnificent views of Darby Saddle, Yanakie Isthmus, Shellback Island, Corner Inlet and Cotter Beach and much more. Millers Landing is also home to the world’s southernmost mangrove forests as well as more wildlife such as kangaroos, wallabies and sometimes even emus. After our walk, we head to Waratah Hills winery for a wonderful celebratory lunch and wine tasting with stunning views over the rolling winery hills. After lunch at approximately 2pm we’ll drive to Tarra-Bulga National Park to enjoy the Scenic & Lyrebird Loop Track. The track passes through a magnificent mountain ash forest and patches of cool temperate rainforest. It traverses Corrigans Suspension Bridge with fine overhead views of the tree fern-lined gully far below. Further on the Lyrebird Ridge Track stands up to its name and if you don’t see a lyrebird you’ll surely hear its clear-pitched sound. At the end of the loop track we’ll drive onto Traralgon to Bridges on Argyle our accommodation for the night. Tonight we’ll enjoy a delicious meal at  Neilsons Kitchen, Traralgon featuring quality Gippsland produce and local fine wines.

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Day Four: Traralgon to Mitchell River National Park
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TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: 2hr transfer from hotel to the start of the walking track. Afternoon: 2hr transfer from the end of the walk to Buchan. After exploring Buchan we’ll continue on to Orbost with a 1hour transfer.

TRAIL DETAILS: 7km /2.5hrs Mitchell River Gorge Track incl. Den of Nargun and Billy Goat Bend Lookout Walk. Optional 3km. 1.5hr Spring Creek Walk or Buchan Cave tour. Medium Grade

TERRAIN: Hiking experience and a good level of fitness required. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. The trail is rugged in parts and has several uphill and downhill sections.

ITINERARY: This track passes through some spectacular scenery with rocky gorges and rainforest gullies. Giant kanooka trees are found in the vicinity if the Den of Nargun, our first stop. Aboriginal legend has it that the ‘Nargun’ was a mysterious rock-bodied creature that drags the unwary into its den. The den is a shallow cave beneath a waterfall on Woolshed Creek, a tributary of the Mitchell River. Further on a large loop in the river is named Billy Goat Bend where a lookout provides views of large, spectacular, semi-circular red cliffs known as The Amphitheatre. After lunch we’ll drive to Buchan where you’ll have the opportunity to choose between going on a Buchan Cave tour or enjoying the Spring Creek Walk. Explore this superb walk that splits into the higher Tea Tree Track and the lower Kanooka Track with both routes meeting at the Spring Creek Falls viewing platform. Set off down the track and witness the changing rock types on your left, where the grey Buchan Caves limestone gives way to the older Snowy River volcanic rock. Please be aware that the track has some steep areas on its way up to the falls. Take the lower Kanooka Track on the way back down. Walk the track that criss-crosses the creek and pass through beautiful ferns and kanooka trees. Keep an eye out for lyrebirds, Gippsland water dragons, kookaburras, king parrots and other wildlife as you go. At approximately 5:30pm we’ll make our way to Orbost Motel, our accommodation for the evening. Tonight we’ll enjoy a lovely dinner served with local wines at a restaurant near our accommodation.

 

Day Five: Orbost to Croajingolgong National Park.
6 Day Wilsons Promontory and East Gippsland Walk

TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: 2.5hr transfer from motel to Thurra River. Afternoon: 2.5hr transfer back to the from motel.

TRAIL DETAILS: 4.5km. 1.5hrs walking at Point Hicks Lightstation Walk, Thurra River and 4kms. 2hrs exploring the Dunes Walk.

TERRAIN: A relatively level coastal track with some steep areas.

ITINERARY: After a hearty breakfast at a local cafe we’ll drive to Thurra River to explore Point Hicks Lightstation. Point Hicks was named by Captain James Cook after his second-in-command Lieutenant Hicks on 19 April 1770. The headland contains a lighthouse built much later in 1890. We will walk towards it from the Thurra River Campground following the shoreline flanking Honeymoon Bay. It then climbs inland passing through tea-tree and banksia woodland. On arriving at the lightstation which is positioned above masses of faulted granite boulders lining the shore around it. Enjoy the wide vistas from here and look for whales offshore in season. On the Dunes Walk we’ll encounter the largest sand dunes in this vicinity. They rise up to 100m and regularly threaten to dam the adjoining Thurra River. Tip: Bring a pair of sandals to wear on the sand dunes so that your hiking shoes don’t get filled with sand! We’ll explore for a while then return by paddling through the shallow waters of the river as it directs us back to the campsite where the walks end. At approximately 3pm we’ll make our way back to Orbost Motel and enjoy a lovely dinner served with local wines at a restaurant nearby.

Day Six: Orbost to Lakes entrance and back to Melbourne
6 Day Wilsons Promontory and East Gippsland Walk

TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: 1hr transfer to Lakes Entrance. Afternoon: 4hr transfer from Lakes Entrance walk to Melbourne.

TRAIL DETAILS: 5km. 2.5hrs walking The Entrance Walk, Lakes Entrance 

TERRAIN: An easy walk on a mix of sealed paths, raised boardwalks, bush tracks, beaches and rock platforms.

ITINERARY: After breakfast and checking out of our accommodation we’ll drive an hour to Lakes Entrance to enjoy The Entrance Walk. This is an amazing, short and easy walk along the shores of Lake Cunningham, to the actual Entrance of the Gippsland Lakes. Perfect for this morning before the long drive back to Melbourne. We’ll cross the Footbridge from the middle of Lakes Entrance, and enjoy the gentle walk to the Entrance where many seals (and sometimes dolphins) love to hang around to catch fish on the incoming and outgoing tides. A very scenic spot. We’ll walk back along the beach arriving at the Surf Lifesaving Lookout tower. Many of the old houses along the Lake are still in excellent condition and are privately owned, so please respect their privacy. After our final walk we’ll head to a celebratory lunch at Wyanga Park Winery, a family owned and operated winery and restaurant located 10km from the township of Lakes Entrance. Here we’ll enjoy heart warming, comfort food and a bit of wine tasting in a relaxed bush setting. Afterwards, we return to Melbourne which marks the end of a wonderful journey.

FINISH TIME: Arrive back at the Grand Chancellor Melbourne at 5.30pm

Tour Availability

We run this tour once a month from September to May every year. Dates are listed below however availability changes by the hour – to see real-time availability click on the monthly calendar at the bottom of the page and select the month you require. We will also consider opening up a new departure date if we have enough demand. Email us at walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

SPECIALS
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2021 DATES:
10 Sep 2021AvailableSpot Special Savings
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2022 DATES:
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PRIVATE GROUPS:
Date of your choice is available for groups of 10 -12 people. Subject to availability. Free Group T’shirts also available – see details.
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Spot Special save $150 per person.

Spot Special save $150 per person when you book and pay in full. Plus check out our COVID Booking Guarantee (see details below).
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PRIVATE GROUPS
Private groups of 8 -12 people can choose the date of their choice subject to availability. Free Group T'shirts also available enquire for details.


FIRST TIME TRAVELLER SPOT SPECIAL PRICE From
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Prices for those doing their first walk with us

DEPARTURES:
Sept 2021 to May 2022 

Spot Special Price*……….$3449
Normal Price………………. $3599

* Spot Special savings available on specific departures only when you book and pay in full at time of booking. Normal Price requires $300 deposit only, with final payments due 8 weeks prior.

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For guests that have travelled with us before

DEPARTURES:
Sept 2021 to May 2022

Spot Special Price*……….$3349
Normal Price………………. $3499

* Spot Special savings available on specific departures only when you book and pay in full at time of booking. Normal Price requires $300 deposit only, with final payments due 8 weeks prior.

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Your own Private Group of 10-12 guests

PRIVATE GROUPS
10 or more participants
Departure of your choice subject to availability.

Sept 2021 to May 2022

Spot Special Price*……….$3349
Normal Price………………. $3499

* Spot Special savings available on specific departures only when you book and pay in full at time of booking. Normal Price requires $300 deposit only, with final payments due 8 weeks prior.

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FLEXI-WALK ADD-ON
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Purchase a FlexiWalk Add-On for normal price tickets and cancel 96 hours prior to departure for any reason. See conditions below for full details.
Price: $179 per person.

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SOLO TRAVELLERS

If you are a solo traveller willing to share with another solo lady of the same gender you won’t need to pay any extra. For those wanting their own room you will need to pay a single supplement, accommodation will either be in the main house or in one of the cabins.

Add $195 for Yanakie Beach Houses. There isn’t a single supplement for the other accommodation. 

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Discount Information

PAST PASSENGER DISCOUNT: Those who have travelled with Life’s An Adventure previously, receive a past passenger discount of $100. In order to receive this discount please email us for your special “promo code” to use when booking. In your email, you should outline what Life’s An Adventure tour you have done with us in the past so we can cross-check.

EARLYBIRD & SPOT SPECIAL CANCELLATIONS: Refunds and cancellations are not permitted for Earlybird Deals or Spot Specials, however, transfers to another date are permitted 8 weeks or more prior to departure. We advise taking out travel insurance, in case unexpected circumstances prior to the trip, prevent you from joining this tour. Early bird or Spot Special discounts cannot be used in conjunction with another offer. To receive these special discounts, full payment must be made at the time of initial booking.

Travel Insurance

We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc. We have organised through NIB Insurance for you to purchase travel insurance directly with them – please click here for details.

Additional Information

  • Prices are per person in Australian dollars and include GST.
  • A deposit of $300 per person is required to secure your booking. (unless taking advantage of Earlybird or Spot Specials in which full payment is required at time of booking).
  • Note: If you are booking within 90 days of your departure date – we will require full payment at the time of booking
  • Prices are based on twin share of rooms. If you are travelling solo you may be required to share with someone of the same gender. If this is not suitable you can request to pay a single supplement, however, limited single rooms are available per trip so are on a request basis.
  • Payments must be made online via our NAB (National Australia Bank) secure payment page via credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or over the phone.
  • NO Credit Card fee applies.
  • We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc.

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Cancellation Policy and Conditions of Travel

  • Where the cruise is altered due to unsuitable weather conditions, our guides will provide the best alternative itinerary possible, no refunds are provided for cancelled activities on tour. However, a $100 credit note will be given for your next tour.
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  • Address: HEAD OFFICE: Shop 7, 1306 Pittwater Road
    Narrabeen NSW 2101.

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    Guests can meet this tour at our Life’s An Adventure Premises:
    29/6955 Arthur Highway, Port Arthur.
  • Phone: (02) 9975 4553
    After Hours: 0457 002 482
  • Email: walks@lifesanadventure.com.au
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