At the southernmost tip of Australia lies 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 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.
This 3-day walk has been carefully designed so you can experience a range of landscapes in the National Park 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. Whilst at sea we will explore by boat to fully appreciate the beauty of the Marine National Park and access areas of the park not usually available in a day.
A Pack Free Walking Experience
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.
2 nights luxury at the Church House Gourmet Retreat
This grand and majestic architecturally designed Retreat is ideally set a short 18-minute drive to the National Park entrance. Set on 20 acres, the property sits elevated on a hill, to take advantage of the 270-degree views of rolling hills, Wilsons Promontory and glimpses of Bass Strait. The main building is in the form of a church with stunning vaulted ceilings, hand-built stone walls and handcrafted gothic windows and was featured on the TV series “Grand Designs”.
Spectacular Cruise and Walking
The beauty of this tour is that it has been designed to encapsulate the best of land and sea of Wilsons Promontory. We’ve incorporated a wonderful cruise which allows us to access areas in the National Park that we couldn’t reach within a day. This gives us the opportunity to explore further without the need to carry overnight packs, as well as appreciate the beauty of the Marine Park that fringes the National Park from the sea. Our cruise boat drops us off at Refuge Cove so we can walk to Sealers Cove then head back inland to our vehicle.
Our tours are designed to be personal and intimate with a maximum group size of 8 -12 people. (see notes regarding accommodation for groups over 8 people).
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.
Paddock to Plate superb dining
You’ll be delighted with the meals on this tour. Evening meals are prepared by owners Mary & Peter who prides themselves on providing a Paddock to Plate experience. They have created an extensive menu featuring fresh produce grown on the property and matches these with wines grown in the local area. 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.
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.
Photos courtesy of Victoria Tourism
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 luxury accommodation at the Church House Gourmet Retreat with 270-degree views of rolling hills, Wilsons Promontory and glimpses of Bass Strait. Tonight enjoy a paddock to plate experience created by owner Mary featuring perfectly matched wines. A wonderful way to finish the day.
The beauty of today’s walk is that you will be able to visit areas of Wilsons Promontory National Park that is usually only accessible by those carrying heavy packs and overnighting in the park. After a hot and cold breakfast, we enjoy an early morning transfer to our cruise boat to enjoy a spectacular cruise to Wilsons Promontory. This morning you will appreciate the beauty of the Marine Park from the sea as we cruise to Wilsons Promontory. From here we head to the stunning secluded area of Refuge Cove where our boat drops us off on the beach and we start our one-way walk via Sealers Cove inland to our vehicle. Sealers Cove is stunning, with one of the best beaches in the National Park. From here we follow a boardwalk for 2km through Sealers Swamp. The landscape changes as we walk through a trail surrounded by giant tree ferns which climb steadily to Windy Saddle. The last section of the walk is an easy downhill of 3kms to Telegraph Saddle where our vehicle waits to collect us. Afterwards, we return to our accommodation for a wonderful dinner accompanied by local wines. Why not enjoy a hot spa on the deck taking in the spectacular views of the Prom and the Bass Strait. The great way to rejuvenate after our day’s adventure.
If the cruise is not operational for any reason or cancelled due to bad weather, the option to walk to Sealers Cove and return will be taken instead, or another walk in the Prom suggested by the guide which suits the conditions of the day.
This morning enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting out on our last day of walking. One of our favourite walks in the park for many of the park rangers in this area, this 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 the tower-like granite boulder ridge to Vereker Lookout to take in awe-inspiring views over the northern section of Wilsons Promontory. From this location, you will be rewarded with magnificent views of Darby Saddle, Yanakie Isthmus, Shellback Island, Corner Inlet and Cotter Beach and much more. Mangroves can be seen at Millers Landing as well 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. Afterwards, we return to Melbourne at the end of a wonderful journey.
Photos courtesy of Andrew Brown and Victoria Tourism
ALL DEPARTURE DATES:
We run regular departures from October to the end of April every year.
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|29th Nov – 1st Dec|
27th – 29th Dec
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13th – 15th Mar
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Spot Specials save $150 per person. (Past Passengers save $250 per person)
Book now and save $150 per person off when you book and pay in full on specific departures (see availability page for applicable dates). Life's An Adventure Past Passenger save $250 per person. (see conditions below).
Private groups of 8 -12 people can save $50 per person off Normal Prices when they book a departure. Choose the date of your choice subject to availability. Or enjoy a $200 savings if you book and pay in full at time of booking. Free Group T'shirts also available enquire for details. See notes about room restrictions at our accommodation on the 'Your Nights page'.
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Fish Creek Hotel Option Save $200 per person off above prices.
Single Supplements are usually for those solo travellers that don’t want to share a room. Due to limited rooms at The Church House, we offer our Singles not wanting to share alternative accommodation at the nearby art deco Fish Creek Hotel. (7 minutes driving time to the Church House Retreat). Our guides will shuttle you to the Church House Retreat during afternoon/evening and breakfast time so you can dine and socialise with the group. You will save $200 off your tour cost for staying at this alternative hotel and not be required to pay a single supplement. Subject to a minimum number of 4 people staying at the Church House retreat.
Alternative Accommodation when we have groups over 8 guests
The Church House Retreat takes a maximum of 8 guests. When our rooming is full at the Church House Retreat, we offer additional guests the chance to still join this tour staying at the Fish Creek Hotel a short distance away. Guests staying at this property will still dine and social at the Church House Retreat, but sleep at the alternative accommodation. A saving of $200 per person is offered for guests staying at this alternative accommodation.
PAST PASSENGER DISCOUNT: In order to receive the $100 Past Passenger Discount, you must state on your booking each tour you have been on with Life’s An Adventure and what year, so we can cross check these details for each client. Please note our Reservation staff will apply this discount manually, so select “Deposit Only” at the booking checkout stage (even if choosing a Super Earlybird price) and will send you a payment link for the remaining payment once the discount is applied.
EARLYBIRD & SPOT SPECIAL CANCELLATIONS: 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.
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.