The best day hikes in Wilsons Promontory National Park:
- Mount Oberon Summit Walk
- Darby River to Tongue Point via Fairy Cove
- The Sealers Cove Walk
- Tidal River to Oberon Bay Walk
- Norman Beach to Whiskey Bay
- Mount Bishop Summit Walk
1. Mount Oberon Summit Walk
7km Return – 2 hours
The Mount Oberon Summit Walk is the best day hike in Wilsons Promontory National Park.
Offering THE best view in the whole of Wilsons Prom, the 7km return walk involves a steady incline up Mount Oberon before rewarding you with views of the eastern Prom with its prominent headlands and beautiful bays.
Apparently, on a clear day you can see all the way to Tasmania from Mount Oberon Lookout.
I can’t vouch for this unfortunately, but I can promise an incredible view of the deep blue Bass Strait and the small islands surrounding the national park.
The walk starts and ends at Telegraph Saddle car park.
In low season you can drive to Telegraph Saddle car park, but during summer holidays and weekends between November-Easter a free shuttle bus service from Tidal River visitors centre replaces car access.
2. Darby River to Tongue Point via Fairy Cove
10km Return – 3 Hours
Another of the best day hikes in Wilsons Promontory National Park is the Darby River to Tongue Point Track.
This wonderful walk takes you from Darby River to Tongue Point with a quick detour to Fairy Cove, one of the most beautiful beaches in Victoria.
Starting at Darby River car park, the track climbs over Darby Hill offering brilliant views of the Darby River as it snakes through the valley.
This lookout really helps visitors to understand the Aboriginal cultural landscape that we are privileged to explore and makes you think about how Australia’s First People lived in harmony with the river, the mountains and the ocean.
Next, the track veers towards the ocean along coastal heath and you’ll soon come to an intersection of paths with a sign towards Fairy Cove.
The quick detour to Fairy Cove will definitely be one of your favourite parts of the walk.
The small sheltered beach has perfect turquoise clear water and bright white sand.
After exploring Fairy Cove, head back to the Tongue Point track which will then meander along the ever-narrowing headland before reaching the semi-detached island at the end of the walk.
3. The Sealers Cove Walk
20km Return – 6 Hours
The Sealers Cove Walk is considered the best full-day walk in Wilsons Promontory National Park.
The 20km return track starts at Telegraph Saddle Car Park and follows ancient rainforest and ferny gullies to Sealers Cove, a picturesque and completely secluded circular cove with crystal clear water.
The Sealers Cove walk is around six hours return depending on your fitness level and how long you want to spend at Sealers Cove when you arrive.
The beach is bordered by high forested headlands so it’s relatively safe for swimming near the Sealers Cove camping area, which is just by the entrance to the creek at the south end of the beach.
You can pitch your tent here if you want to turn the walk into an overnight hike (there are toilets but no showers, kitchen facilities or car access).
During spring, you’ll see incredible wild flowers on the Sealers Cove walk.
4. Tidal River to Oberon Bay Walk
15km Return – 5 Hours
If coastal walks are your thing then the Tidal River to Oberon Bay Walk is the best walk for you.
Starting at Tidal River Visitors Centre, the walking track takes you to the south end of Norman Bay before hugging the coastline around Norman Point Lookout.
Next, the track will take you to Little Oberon Bay, one of the most stunning beaches in the park.
The final part of the walk brings you to Oberon Bay, a long white sandy beach flanked by huge granite boulders.
Looking out to sea you’ll have fantastic views of the Glennie Group Islands straight ahead, which conveniently block swell and high waves making Oberon Bay a really peaceful spot.
Despite the seemingly calm waters, Oberon Bay is not a patrolled beach so stay in the shallow areas if you want to swim.
5. Norman Beach to Whiskey Bay
12km Return – 3.5 Hours
One of my favourite Wilsons Promontory day hikes, this 12km return route takes in four pristine beaches between Norman Beach and Whiskey Bay.
Starting at Norman Beach, the track winds back towards Tidal River Footbridge to cross the water before heading out on the headland towards Squeaky Beach (the area at the south end of Squeaky Beach is one of the best areas in the park for spotting wallabies so keep your eyes peeled!).
Next, walk all the way along Squeaky Beach until the track re-starts at the northern end. Wind through the bush tracks of another headland before coming out at Picnic Bay Beach.
For the final stretch of the walk, wander along Picnic Bay Beach before ascending up to the Whiskey Bay Lookout at the end of the walk.
6. Mount Bishop Summit Walk
7.5km Return – 2.5 Hours
The Mount Bishop Summit Walk is another mountain climb offering amazing views from the top.
This is a demanding walk compared to Mount Oberon due to the steep narrow path, but the views make it worth it – and we all love a challenge ey?
The walk begins at the Lilly Pilly Gully Car Park and follows the Lilly Pilly Gully Circuit Track clockwise before linking up with the Mount Bishop Walking Track.
Once you think you’ve reached to the top, keep going a bit further because the actual summit is a few hundred yards beyond the Mount Bishop View Point.
I hope you enjoyed my guide to the best day hikes in Wilsons Promontory National Park, don’t miss my Ultimate Wilsons Promontory Travel Guide here!