Tidal River to Refuge Cove overnight hike

Tidal River, Wilsons Promontory

Tidal River to Refuge Cove overnight hike

Tidal River, Wilsons Promontory
Staff Pick
5 h 41 m
22.78 km
Intermediate

Summary

Refuge Cove is stunning, secluded beach situated on the east side of the Prom accessible via a wonderful walking.

Tidal River to Refuge Cove overnight hike

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Parks Victoria states: "Refuge Cove is stunning, secluded beach situated on the east side of the Prom accessible via walking track from Sealers Cove to the north or Little Waterloo Bay to the south. The track between Sealers Cove and Refuge Cove offers many great views.

Refuge Cove campsite, located at the southern end of the cove, is surrounded by lush vegetation and is within close proximity to the water.

A maximum two night consecutive stay applies."

In short, this is a stunning walk!

There are basic camping facilities available, including water supply. Composting toilets are provided, though toilet paper is not supplied.

Note the walk length is listed as 22.78 km, but this is only one way.

A couple of the photos might not be in the exact spot on the map, but they are close.

Click the link above to find out more, including a link to information on overnight hikes in Wilsons Promontory.

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Points of Interest

1. Norman Beach

Well hidden by the healthy coastal flora, the Tidal River campground is at the far end of Norman Beach.

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2. Coastline View

Leaving Norman Bay, the track hugs the coastline, providing views across Bass Strait to the horizon.

3. Little Oberon Bay

Around the first headland is this sparkling view of the second beach on this walk.

4. Little Oberon Bay

After leaving the beach, the walk continues along the coast on a compacted sandy track.

5. Oberon Bay

Around the next headland, more beauty awaits. The campground is at the far end of this beach.

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6. Orange rocks

Xanthoria Parietina (Common Orange Lichen) give the granite boulders their distinctive colour. There is a shallow flowing river to cross here.

7. The track

The track varies with the landscape, sometimes narrow, sometimes wide, sometimes flat and sandy, sometimes steep and rocky!

8. Granite boulders

A cluster of enormous boulders perched at the top of this peak. Imagine how old they are!

9. View of Little Waterloo Bay

A breathtaking view of the East coast of the Prom.

10. Boardwalk Track

Descending the sand dunes and over the swamps. Keep your feet dry thanks to the many boardwalk sections.

11. Track to Little Waterloo Bay Beach

Love this part of the track, but can get a bit windy sometimes.

12. Little Waterloo Bay

Yes, its a gorgeous bay!

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13. Little Waterloo Bay

At the southern end of the beach is this fresh water but it's not suitable for drinking.

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14. Tiger Snake

The Prom does have a lot of snakes, and if you're lucky you might get to see one or two.

15. Refuge Cove Campsite

You are here!

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Features

Natural Trail Natural Trail
Coast/River/Lake Coast/River/Lake
Park(s)/Garden(s) Park(s)/Garden(s)
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Public toilets Public toilets

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