Anyone visiting Melbourne has heard of the Twelve Apostles and the Great Ocean Road, a pinnacle for the average tourist and a must see for any newbie. What they don’t tell you about is an almost untouched area to the South East of Melbourne in the Gippsland region of Victoria on the tip of Australia.
Hiking and camping fans flock to Wilson’s Promontory National Park also know as “The Prom” to camp over Summer and Australia Day weekend. As one of the state’s best loved parks, taking a day trip is a perfect way to take in the beautiful scenery with break taking views.
Bunyip Tours are one of the only tour companies in Melbourne that provide a day trip to the prom, setting off at early doors with a stop off in Foster for coffee and lunch supplies, before heading to the national park for a hike up either Mount Oberon or Mount Bishop depending on the people traffic. The Mount Bishop hike is around 3.7km long with rugged terrain and Australian wildlife spotting such as wombats and birds. Once at the top and on a good day weather wise breath taking views can be seen for miles around.
Next stop Squeaky Beach, a cove just down from the base of Mount Bishop, pure white sands, crashing waves and greenery, it really is a mini paradise outside of Melbourne. If you listen closely enough you can hear the quartz sand squeak beneath your feet as you paddle in the cool sea.
The best place to take in the fresh air, leaving the technology at home and embrace nature…
Guided tours run on a Sunday and Wednesday with a small group, transport to the Prom and entry to the parks: www.bunyiptours.com.au