Park Trek » Wilsons Prom Lightstation and Gippsland – 5 day walking tour
Park Trek walking holidays, Australia
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Duration: 5 days
Location: Ex Melbourne
Price: $1,790 including GST
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Our revamped Wilsons Promontory and Gippsland trip offers an outstanding opportunity for walkers to explore this beautiful part of Victoria – from the forest of Tarra Bulga National Park to the wild coast of Wilsons Prom and the magnificent vistas on the Bass Coast.

Stay in a guest house amongst the tall trees in Tarra Bulga National Park on the edge of the Strzelecki Ranges, experience a little of a lighthouse keepers lifestyle in the lightstation cottage at Wilsons Prom and relax in the delightful lodge accommodation at Tidal River.

Walk to the southern most tip of the Australian mainland at the Wilsons Prom Lightstation and discover the beauty of Little Oberon Bay, Squeaky beach and climb the summit of Mount Bishop. We finish this gorgeous tour with a cliff top walk along the panoramic George Bass Coastal Trail in Kilcunda.

Tour inclusions

  • One night accommodation at Tarra Bulga Guest House
  • One night accommodation at the Wilsons Prom Lightstation cottage
  • Two nights’ accommodation at Tidal River Lodge
  • Two course dinners, lunches, continental breakfasts, fresh fruit, trail mix, tea/coffee and other non-alcoholic beverages
  • 4 dinners, 4 lunches and 4 breakfasts (one lunch own expense)
  • Return group transfer departing and returning central Melbourne
  • All on-ground transport
  • Guided walks each day with experienced and mature guides
  • Small group of 10 guests or less


2019 Dates

  • Saturday 5 to Wednesday October
  • Sunday 3 to Thursday 7 November – FULLY BOOKED


2020 Dates

  • Monday 2 to Friday 6 March
  • Sunday 22 to Thursday 26 March
  • Tuesday 7 to Saturday 11 April



Day 1 – Tarra Bulga National Park
km walking (easy to moderate) – approximatel3.5 hours 

From the National Gallery we make our way to the idyllic country village of Trafalgar, approximately 1.5 hours’ drive, for morning tea. Then it’s a further 1 hour to reach our destination at Tarra Bulga Guest House.

The first walk of the day in the National Park is the delightful Corrigan suspension bridge, a short walk which begins at the visitors centre. This bridge stretches through the rainforest canopy, offering spectacular views of the lush fern gully on the forest floor below.  

Lunch is enjoyed in the picnic area before we head out for our afternoon walk. The 6.8 km Forest Track walk begins via the Lyrebird Ridge Track and completes a circuit back to the visitors centre. It winds through Mountain Ash forest, a rainforest gully and an unusual thicket of Hazel Pomaderris.    

This evening we organise our overnight packs and food that we will take into the Wilsons Prom Lightstation tomorrow. 

Overnight accommodation at Tarra Bulga Guest House, dinner at Lyrebird Café 

Meals – lunch and dinner 

About the Accommodation  

Tarra Bulga Guesthouse 

This historic guest house built in 1934 is perched adjacent to the cool temperate rainforests of the Tarra Bulga National Park, situated within the Strzelecki Ranges.  

The comfortable B & B style rooms range from family, double and single rooms with either an ensuite or shared bathroom. Guests have access to the kitchenette, 2 lounges, pool table and open fireplace. The evening meal and breakfast will be served in the onsite Lyrebird Café.

Day 2 – Telegraph Saddle to Wilson Prom Lightstation
19 km (moderate to hard) – approximately 7 hours walking including breaks

The highlight of our walk is into the Wilsons Prom Lightstation. For this component of the tour guests will need to carry their own food and personal belongings in and out of the Lightstation. We recommend a pack size of around 50 litres for this portion of the walk.

After breakfast at the Lyrebird Café we set out early for a 2-hour drive to Wilsons Promontory National Park where we embark on the unique walk to the Lightstation. What makes this destination so unique is the fact that it is only accessible by foot.   

All of the guest main cases will remain locked in the Park Trek trailer which will be left at Tidal River while we are at the Lightstation. Guests will carry their overnight packs with clothing, personal belongings and food for the overnight stay. 

We take the inland route beginning at Telegraph Saddle and walk just over 6 kms to Telegraph Junction. Continuing along the Telegraph track we reach the Halfway Hut which is our lunch destination. There are composting toilets available for use if needed.  

We continue on past Martins Hill, to Roaring Meg, a popular campsite used by overnight trekkers. From here it’s another 6km to the Lightstation. The track opens up the closer we get to the Lightstation, offering magnificent views over the peninsula, with the sheer isolation of the Lightstation becoming apparent.   

From its point on the peninsula the Lighthouse commands almost 360-degree views of tumultuous Bass Strait waters.  

Overnight accommodation at the Lightstation cottages 

Meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner 

About the Accommodation 
Wilsons Prom Lightstation 

Wilsons Promontory Lightstation was built in 1859 from local granite, and supplies were shipped in every six months. There was no communication with the outside world, and families had the vital and often lonely task of keeping the light burning to guide ships navigating the wild waters of the Bass Strait.   

Guests can experience a little of a lighthouse keeper’s lifestyle, by staying in the Lighthouse cottages. Part of the appeal of staying here is its remoteness, as the Lightstation is only accessible on foot. The cottage sleeps up to 12 guests, has a fully equipped kitchen, a bathroom and a modern shared communal area. Bedrooms sleep either two or four guests in bunk beds. All linen is supplied. 

Day 3 – Lightstation to Tidal River
20.6 km via Waterloo Bay (moderate to hard) – approximately 8 hours walking 

After breakfast we repack our backpacks and depart the Lightstation for the return journey to Tidal River. Today we take a slightly different route offering iconic Wilsons Promontory coastal views for the first 10 km of the walk across Waterloo Bay. Morning tea and lunch is enjoyed along the track, before we head inland towards Telegraph Junction. From here the track winds its way back to Telegraph Saddle.   

Overnight accommodation is at Tidal River lodge.  

Meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner 

About the Accommodation  

Tidal River
We are staying for two nights in one of the group lodges within the national park at Tidal River. The lodges have a full kitchen, spacious communal living/lounge area, four bedrooms, two bathrooms and separate toilets.
NOTE: Please bring your own bath towel and flat bed sheet/fitted sheet for use at Tidal River (there are blankets and pillows/pillow slips at the lodges)    

Day 4 – Little Oberon Bay and Mount Bishop
15.6 km (moderate to hard) – approximately 6.5 hours walking

After breakfast and lunch making we begin our walk to Little Oberon Bay. This track hugs the coast from Tidal River where it climbs over Tea Tree shrouded sand dunes to the southern end of Norman Beach. The track continues across Norman Point into Little Oberon Bay. The walk provides spectacular views across Wilsons Promontory National Park to the Glennie Island groups. 

We head back to the comfort of the lodge at Tidal River for lunch and a break from the trail. 

In the afternoon we head to the Mount Bishop summit track, This return walk is a challenging trek with a wonderful reward at the end. The views from the granite bolder plateau are breathtaking, with a sweeping vista over the Proms west coast and offshore islands, and well worth the rocky scramble near the summit to get there.  

Overnight accommodation at Tidal River lodge 

Meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 – Squeaky Beach and George Bass Coastal Walk
10 km (easy to moderate) – approximately 3 hours walking

After breakfast and lunch making we depart Tidal River Lodge for a leisurely walk from Tidal River, climbing up and over the bushy headland before descending into the stunning Squeaky Beach. As its name suggests, Squeaky Beach squeaks when walked on. This is due to the ultra-fine quartz particles, all of which are the similar size and shape.

Our second Park Trek guide will greet you in the carpark and transport you to Kilcunda where we stop for lunch at the Kilcunda General Store (guest own expense) before beginning the George Bass Coastal Walk to San Remo.  

This gorgeous walk offers panoramic coastal views from a narrow winding path, along cliff tops rising high above the pounding surf of Bass Strait. Mid afternoon we make our way back to the Melbourne, arriving at the National Gallery of Victoria around 5pm.  

Meals – breakfast (lunch is at guest own expense) 

Single supplement is additional $300 for the four nights’ accommodation.

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