Wilsons Promontory National Park

Trip Start Jun 18, 2008
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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Wilsons Promontory National Park 11/12th September

Apparently today could have been the end of the World.  Some scientists well underground in Europe were attemtping to recreate the Big Bang.  I'll be honest, the farming town of Leongatha felt like the end of the world.  Thankfully it was a brief stop off on our way down to Wilsons Promontory National Park.

Occupying the very southern most point of mainland Australia, the park is heaven for bush walkers, nature lovers and surfers.  To get in at peak times you need to enter the lottery for tickets a year in advance.  Luckily for us, low season meant few other visitors, although the sun was shining bright for our time there.  

Getting there at noon, we set up in the main campsite, and proceeded to have lunch, as is normal.  Seconds after getting the food out, we were attacked by killer Rosellas.  These stunningly attractive Parrots are quite viscious when they've been hand fed by so many people, and decided to jump on our heads, arms, legs, van - everything in order to get my rather yummy biscuits.  Little shits.  At one point I had one on my head, two on one of my arms and another literally tearing at my food.  

After this trauma we decided to relax by walking up a poxy mountain.  The hike to the Mt Oberon Summit (600m high) is described as "medium/difficult" and after an hour of constant uphill walking, I could see why.  The views from the top were simply fantastic, however I decided to have a nice lay down, as seen in the photos.  The hike down was far nicer on my legs, but boy did we feel it later that night.  Well worth it though.

Tidal River, the main campsite in the park, is well known for it's nocturnal visitors as well as gangster Parrots.  We were not let down either - ever been woken up by a Wombat scratching itself on your van, making the whole thing rock?  How about huge Bushtail Possums deciding to jump on you when you go to the toilet in the middle of the night?  Very mental indeed.  See photos for more.

The next morning, after managing not to have been eaten in the night, we set off on a nice day of walking.  Starting off by following the gorgous Tidal River (hence the campsite name), we then went up the side of Mt Bishop (more mountains!), then joining on to the Lilly Pilly Gully loop, which includes some boardwork sections through rainforest.  Not a lot to write about, but very fun, and full of cool plants and weird bugs and stuff.  

On our way back to Tidal River however we saw our first Snake - the very, very dangerous Eastern Tiger Snake.  Thankfully we got photos without being biten, as it was 4km back to the campsite, and in all honesty I'm not sure we would have made it, as the venom acts quick.  We visited the Visitors Centre who identified the Snake for us (we were correct in our identification), who also said it was quite early for them to be out, and also repeated what we knew of it's potential dangers.  

Returning to the Van, we found out that our back up battery (which powers the fridge and internal lights) was flat, so sadly we had to go and find a powered campsite, and ended up in the small bayside town of venus Bay.  Luckily we had done all the hikes we wanted to do in the park, and cursed ourselves for not borrowing my Sisters camping gear - there are fantastic multi day hikes to be had there, that you need a tent for.

We had a great time nevertheless in the park, and was a real highlight of our trip.  The hikes were great, the views fantastic to say the least, and the wildlife was crazy.  Really worth the effort of getting down there.
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