The last hurrah of our South Coast trip – Tongue Point Wilsons Promontory, Waratah Hills Vineyard and Fish Creek

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You may have noticed that I have been a bit slack on the blogging front lately (or not noticed, I guess it depends on how often you check in on me). Life and all that it encompasses has kind of gotten in the way in the past 2 months. You know the usual stuff like work, child rearing, ill relatives, a death in the family and birthdays etc, etc. But that is life I guess – a mix of good and bad moments and good and bad memories. And today I am going to share some good memories from our last day in Wilsons Promontory and a few bits and pieces that I meant to slot into previous blog posts from our South Coast trip but I forgot. So time to get to it.

 

Tongue Point, Fairy Cove and the Darby River

I am officially in love with Wilsons Prom. So there was no way that I could let our last full day in the area slip past without walking again. Some people we got chatting to at Tidal River told us about a walk they did in the northern section of the park starting at Darby River going out to Tongue Point with a side trip down to Fairy Cove. They raved about it, but at almost 8 kilometres return I was unsure how we would go with Harry. We decided we would just give it a go and see how we went.

Tongue Point map
Map of the Tongue Point walk

The walk starts off at the Darby River car park and steadily climbs up the ridge giving lovely views over the Darby River swamp and Vereker Range. Much of this walk is open and exposed with very little shade so hats and sunscreen are a must. The advantage of the heathland vegetation is that it allows for amazing unobscured views of the ocean.

Begining our walk out to Tongue Point with views over the Darby River Swamp and Vereker Range
Beginning our walk out to Tongue Point with views over the Darby River Swamp and Vereker Range
Coastal Views along the Tongue Point Walk
Coastal Views along the Tongue Point Walk
Views over Fairy Cove
Views over Fairy Cove
Tongue point walk
Harry enjoying the walk

walking out to Tongue Point

 

Harry was actually doing pretty well, with no complaints yet. As we were all getting hungry we took the short descent down to Fairy Cove for lunch.

A nice place to stop and have some lunch - Fairy Cove
A nice place to stop and have some lunch – Fairy Cove
Fairy Cove
Fairy Cove

 

From Fairy Cove it’s not too far to Tongue Point. The track turns to the right and becomes a raised walkway to protect the fragile vegetation beneath. The stunning coastline open out before us and Tongue Point comes into view.

 

Walking down to Tongue Point
Walking down to Tongue Point
Almost at our destination of Tongue Point
Almost at our destination
Views from Tongue Point 2
Views from Tongue Point

Views from Tongue Point

Views from Tongue Point 4

Views from Tongue Point walk

Views from Tongue Point

time for a drink Tongue Point 2
Time for a drink at Tongue Point

time for a drink Tongue Point

beginning the return walk back to Darby River
Beginning the return walk back to Darby River

This place really is stunning. The walk back takes much longer as Harry is now tired and we have to stop a lot. He gets a few piggy backs along the way to help speed up the return trip.

 

Looking up towards Darby Saddle from the Tongue Point Walking track
Looking up towards Darby Saddle from the Tongue Point Walking track

Views over the Prom

Views from Tongue Point 6

 

Aside from a little whingeing on the return walk from Harry, its been a great walk. We are on the home stretch and Harry has taken the lead when I see something slither in front of him. “Harry! Stop! Snake!” I call to him. “Where?” he replies at he turns his head and puts his foot down…on the snake! “Under your feet!” I cry as he jumps off. The snake just lays there looking a little stunned and then begins to slide off the track into the bushes. Harry is fine, I have recovered from my shock at my kid standing on a snake, so naturally I take a photo of it. And then once again explain to Harry that even though its nice to look around at the scenery you still need to scan the ground and watch where you are putting your feet or you could stand on a snake!

The walk is over. I am hot and sweaty, and still have residual adrenalin pumping through me after the snake scare with Harry. Time to head back to Fish Creek for a shower and a wine. Its been a great last day on the Prom.

 

The snake Harry stood on
The snake Harry stood on

 

Waratah Hills Winery

Back on our first day in Prom Country we stopped at the Waratah Hills Winery. Set into the green rolling hills, they have made use of the outdoors by having ample seating outside and some outdoors games for kids.

This winery may only have a small range of wines but they are good. I was particularly taken with the 2010 Waratah Hills Pinot Noir and the Prom Road Chardonnay.

 

Cellar door at Waratah Hills winery
Cellar door at Waratah Hills Winery
Wine tasting time at Waratah Hills Winery
Wine tasting time at Waratah Hills Winery
kids corner at Waratah Hills winery
Kids corner at Waratah Hills winery
Time for some coits at Waratah Hills Winery
Time for some coits at Waratah Hills Winery
Cheese plate
And time for a delicious cheese plate and a glass of the fabulous Pinot noir

 

Fish Creek Cottage

This was our home for our 4 nights exploring the Prom. It had everything we needed, heaps of character, and a comfy bed. Plus it was a short walk into the lovely little town which has a playground, the Fish Creek Hotel and some great little cafes such as the 9 Acres Cafe.

 

Time for some chess at Fish Creek Cottage
Time for some chess at Fish Creek Cottage
Cosy and functional kitchen at Fish Creek Cottage
Cosy and functional kitchen at Fish Creek Cottage
wine time
Wine time
Fish Creek Cottage
Fish Creek Cottage
Racing time in the back yard at Fish Creek Cottage
Racing time in the back yard at Fish Creek Cottage

 

For the 500km drive we did from Merimbula to Fish Creek, we decided to break it up and stay overnight at Bairnsdale. We had some interesting experiences along the way. Some good – the playgrounds at Bairnsdale and Yarran, dinner and great beers at the Bullant Brewery at Bruthen, stopping in and meeting some locals at the town fair in Foster and seeing and learning about the wind farm at Toora. And some not so good – seeing not one, but two drug deals go down at a kids park in Orbost and the putrifying stench of rotting kelp at Cape Conran.

 

The look on Harrys face really sums up the smell of the rotting kelp at Cape Conran - ghastly!
The look on Harrys face really sums up the smell of the rotting kelp at Cape Conran – ghastly!
The cows at this wind farm didn't seem to think the turbine was 'a blight on the landscape' like one of our prominent politicians.
The cows at this wind farm didn’t seem to think the turbine was ‘a blight on the landscape’ like one of our prominent politicians.
Great Beers and food at the Bullant Brewery in Bruthen
Great Beers and food at the Bullant Brewery in Bruthen
Wormtastic fun at a playground in Bairnsdale
Wormtastic fun at a playground in Bairnsdale

 

Overall it was a fantastic 2 1/2 weeks. We saw some amazing places, did some great walks, ate some great food and learnt a lot. Even though it was 5 months ago, looking back over my photos makes it feel like yesterday. And it also reminds me its time to start planning our next big adventure 🙂

 

At a Glance

 

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Tongue Point Walk7.6 km (return) Starts at Darby River car park in the northern section of Wilsons Promontory National Park

http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/wilsons-promontory-national-park/things-to-do/day-walks/darby-river-carpark

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Fish Creek Cottage 170km (2hrs) from Melbourne
http://fishcreekcottage.com.au/
http://www.stayz.com.au/accommodation/vic/phillip-island-gippsland/wilsons-promontory/121861

 

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Bullant Brewery 46 Main Street, Bruthen (on the Great Alpine Road) East Gippsland, Victoria http://bullantbrewery.com/

 

mapWaratah Hills Winery 20 Cottmans Road, Fish Creek VIC

http://waratahhills.com.au/

 

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6 Responses

  1. Great to read another post from you, Amanda. I haven’t even been to Wilson’s Prom and yet I think I am a little in love with the place too from reading about it and seeing such beautiful pictures of the area so thanks for increasing my desire to travel south. 🙂 My kids have had a few close encounters when they were young with snakes when we lived in rural areas and so I can imagine how fast your heart was beating after Harry’s experience! The cottage and cafes sound great. I’m all for walks that are in close vicinity to fish and chips! The wind turbine seems to blend in quite well and the cattle haven’t grown two heads yet…funny that, hey. 😉 Beautiful pictures. Welcome back.

    • Thanks Jane. We saw so many snakes on that trip. On the Tongue Point walk alone we saw 3 snakes, the first 2 just slithered off in front of us and we had told Harry to keep an eye out. I grew up with snakes living on acreage (mainly tree, carpet and red belly black snakes) so they don’t scare me. What does scare me is my child not paying attention and standing on one! I am glad you have got something out of my posts of our South Coast trip and Wilsons Prom in particular. I hope that you get the opportunity to get down there one day soon 🙂

  2. Tongue Point looks like a great walk – one to add to the list next time we’re down, for sure!
    Seeing a snake cross my path makes my heart race; I can only imagine how it feels to see your child step on one! How lucky nothing came of it.
    Lovely post Amanda. 😊

    • Yes Dayna the snake incident was certainly paralysing for a moment until I was sure it hadn’t bitten Harry. The Tongue Point walk can be made into a longer walk by starting at Darby Saddle and walking through to Darby River, we would have done that but I don’t think Harry would have been up to the almost 20 km return walk. Alternatively you can walk one way and arrange transport at the other end. Such a great National Park. You Melbournites certainly have some awesome places on your doorstep. Thanks for commenting Dayna.

  3. Enjoyed reading your blog, we are going down the similar route next week with a young kid. Good to see little Harry did the whole stretch of this long walk.

    • Hi Manny, he was a real little hiker on that trip. We just took it slow and made sure we had lots of food and water and regular breaks for him. Hope your family enjoy your trip down there, Wilsons Prom is a magic place 🙂

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