Having grown up in the farming lands of South Gippsland (Victoria, Australia) I have always been fairly spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches, national parks and beautiful locations to visit. I grew up on the doorstep of Wilsons Promontory and still believe its one of the top scenic parks within Victoria after having visited many around the state.
So if you’re looking for a day trip hike or a weekend away within 3 hours of Melbourne, Wilsons Promontory National Park is an ideal place with picturesque views, abundant wildlife, sun-kissed beaches and numerous hiking trails for every fitness level. One of my personal favorites is Mt Oberon, located just behind the main village (Tidal River) within the national park with a courtesy bus that takes you half way up the mountain to the starting point of the main trail if you’re looking for a slightly less strenuous hike then starting from rock bottom.
From the start of the main trail for the average level of fitness it takes approx. one hour of steady uphill climbing along well designed tracks to reach the summit so I would suggest taking a picnic lunch or snacks so you can have a refreshing break at the summit while enjoying the amazing 360 degree views of the Bass Strait and surrounding bush lands.
Check out the website for a guide to all the best hikes including to the southern tip lighthouse as well as the numerous beaches if you would rather enjoy the summer sun (Squeaky beach is a must just to feel the fine sand squelching as you wander along the shoreline). numerous campsites are available though in peak season booking ahead is recommended
‘There is no Wi-Fi in the forest, but I promise you will find a better connection’ – Anon