This holiday includes two of Gippsland’s walking gems.
Wilsons Promontory is a vast granite promontory that teems with wildlife and offers walkers endless opportunities to unplug and explore one of Australia’s most beautiful landscapes. This is an unspoilt pristine natural environment, a place to immerse and interact with nature that we Melbournians affectionately call the “The Prom”.
The Prom provides sanctuary for an vast array of fauna including emus, wombats, echidnas, including a plethora of bird life like Crimson Rosellas, Yellow Tailed Cockatoos and Black Faced Comerants. The sanctuary doesn’t stop at the coast but extends to 15000 hectares of seascape, this being Victorias largest marine Park; a living natural aquarium to dive into. But it is the walking that will astound you and importantly we have captured all of the best walking the Prom has to offer.
The walking will take you along pristine beaches like Squeaky Beach and Sealers Cove, that are punctuated by massive granite rock formations, across coastal escarpments and rocky headlands. Of course there’s also the magnificent views as we walk like from Mount Oberon. This area is so diverse that it also includes picturesque rivers, dense rainforest not to mention the varied contrasting coastal flora. This is why the Prom is much loved by Melbournians and why we try to keep this little pocket of paradise a secret.
We’ll also head inland to the historic gold mining area of Walhalla to hike amongst the maze of huge granite tors, old tramways and waterfalls on a section of the Australian Alps Walking Track that takes us through magnificent Mountain Ash Forrest.
This is a 7 day group guided walking holiday starting and finishing in Melbourne. We operate this trip with two guides so we can offer you a choice of easier and harder walk options. Along the way and stay at the iconic Star Hotel in Walhalla and at Tidal River within the Park, meaning travel time will kept to a minimum making more time for connection and discovery. And ultimately more time for reflection on the important things in life, namely you.
We invite you to come walk with us on one of the best walking destinations in Australia.
Starts and finishes in Melbourne.
Overall this trip has moderate walking. There are also some harder options that include some moderate and some challenging hikes but there are always alternatives on offer.
This trip operates with two guides so we can offer easier and harder walk options along the way.
For more detailed information including daily walk distances and times please download our Fact Sheet below.
Two nights at The Star hotel in Walhalla, 4 nights in eco cabins with ensuite bathrooms at Tidal River.
6 nights accommodation, 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners, 2 guides, all transport ex-Melbourne, information booklets, insulated lunch bag, map case, National Park fees, walking notes, maps & info pack.
Meals not specified, drinks with meals (except for tea/coffee, and fruit juice with breakfast).
Spring time is our pick of seasons as the weather is usually warm and sunny and the wildflowers are blooming.
See the Bureau of Meteorology’s information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.
The Gippsland region is renowned for fine produce, excellent cheeses, fine free-range meats, wonderful locally caught seafood and organic fruits and vegetables. Its wineries also have a growing reputation for producing premium, cool climate wines, with full fruit flavours to partner the region’s fresh food.
Departs Melbourne airport at 9.30am followed by a pickup at the Alto Hotel in the CBD at 10:00am before we travel via Moe to Walhalla. Afternoon hike along an historic tramway route through the forests to arrive at Walhalla. Time to explore the historic relics in this quaint village.
Full day hike on a section of the Australian Alps Walking Track to Mushroom Rocks and Mt Erica. Late afternoon visit to the impressive Thomson Dam.
Travel to Wilsons Promontory. Exciting afternoon coastal walk from Picnic Bay to Tidal River. There will be time for a swim along the way or at Tidal River where we’ll settle in for four nights.
Accommodation: Tidal River
This morning’s walk includes wetlands, fern gullies and an optional climb to the summit of Mt Bishop for panoramic views. The afternoon walk features the coastal hike from Derby River to Tongue Point.
Accommodation: Tidal River
Today we’ll do a one way hike from Telegraph Saddle down to Oberon Bay, Little Oberon Bay and then on to Tidal River. Easier option available.
Accommodation: Tidal River
Our final hike is a full day walk to isolated Sealers Cove and back. For the really fit, we’ll offer an additional side trip to Refuge Cove.
Accommodation: Tidal Rive
Travel back to Melbourne via the Cranbourne Botanic Gardens, to arrive at about 4.00pm
I thoroughly enjoyed the Wilsons Prom and Walhalla walk.
It offered walks in two very different areas thus one had the experience of some alpine walking and also coastal walking.
As usual the Auswalk guides were very attentive and efficient, particularly as so much relied upon them during our stay at Tidal River.
I have completed three walks with Auswalk each one very different from the others.
Every walk has been well organised with great attention to detail.
All leaders have been excellent and always there to lend a helping hand should it be necessary.
I cannot recommend Auswalks high enough as a great way to do some fabulous walking and seeing some beautiful areas in this great country of ours.
Thank you Lisa, Marie & Angela for a memorably enjoyable week of walking, made more so by your good humour, professionalism & kindness.