Warning! The “driveway” into the lighthouse is dishearteningly steep after a 24km pack walk. So save some energy for the final push to refuge on the fabulous two-day (or longer) Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse Track in Victoria’s favourite national park.
People come to “the Prom” to get salt spray on their faces and sand between their toes and tread kilometres of walking trails. The longest hike, and arguably the best ventures south to the granite lighthouse that has flashed warnings to mariners since 1859.
You can customise your route to and from the light, adding overnight camps at remote beaches. Or do two spectacular, long day walks either side of a night or more in a restored lighthouse keeper’s cottage (bookings essential) with wombats for neighbours. Hire bed linen and you need carry in only clothes and food. There’s an afternoon guided lighthouse tour on request.
Starting at Telegraph Saddle, above Tidal River, the main park accommodation area, walk in via turquoise-and-white Waterloo Bay, hiking clockwise from there, around the southeast cliffs to the lighthouse. Come out via beautiful Oberon and Little Oberon bays, watching for sooty oystercatchers probing the shallows with their lipstick-red beaks and whales (June to October) in Norman Bay as you finish in Tidal River.