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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Tongue Point Walk7.6 km (return) Starts at Darby River car park in the northern section of Wilsons Promontory National Park
Fish Creek Cottage 170km (2hrs) from Melbourne
Bullant Brewery 46 Main Street, Bruthen (on the Great Alpine Road) East Gippsland, Victoria http://bullantbrewery.com/
Waratah Hills Winery 20 Cottmans Road, Fish Creek VIC