Wilsons Promontory National Park – Part II


Beach Access

Beach access at Sealers Cove.

Sealers Cove

View of Sealers Cove on the trail to Refuge Cove.

Refuge Cove

The beach and clear water at Refuge Cove.

Refuge Cove

A view of the beach at Refuge Cove.

Refuge Cove Sign

Sign on the beach at Refuge Cove where some visitors arrive by boat.

View of Refuge Cove

View of Refuge Cove on the trail to Little Waterloo Bay.

Kersops Peak

View towards Little Waterloo Bay from Kersops Peak.

Little Waterloo Bay

Moonrise at Little Waterloo Bay.
The next morning we woke early and made a quick breakfast before setting off for the day. On our second day in Wilsons Prom, we trekked from Seals Cove to Refuge Cove, an easy/moderate rated hike 6.4 kilometers in length with an expected hike time of 2 hours. The hike took us through similar terrain as the day before including forests and lush fern gullies. After hiking for 2 hours, we emerged from the forest and onto yet another beautiful secluded beach. What struck me most about the beach at Refuge Cove was the clarity of the water. I could tell the water at Sealers Cove was clear, but due to the time of day and cloud cover I couldn’t tell exactly how clear. However, at midday at Refuge Cove, the clarity of the water rivaled that of the most beautiful Hawaiian beaches.

From Refuge Cove, we summited Kersops Peak, the peak of Cape Wellington, and continued on to Little Waterloo Bay. This leg of the hike was 7.0 kilometers long and was rated moderate/hard with an expected hike time of 2 hours. The hike to the summit was indeed more strenuous than the hike to Refuge Cove, but the scenery and view from the top were incredible. After reaching the summit of Kersops Peak, the trail led down the other side of Cape Wellington, through unspoiled forests and more verdant gullies. The hike eventually led down to the Bay, which sat at the mouth of a small river and was ringed by yet another beautiful white sand beach with large boulders at one end with campsites located just off the beach in the trees. At dusk, I saw one of the most beautiful sunset views I have ever seen. From the beach facing the bay, the sun set to the right casting an orange glow over the sparse clouds in the sky. To the left, the moon rose over the pile of boulders at the mouth of the river, and the white sand of the beach provided a stark contrast against the dark blue water of the bay.

After enjoying the sunset and dinner on the beach, we headed back to camp for the night where we were again visited by two possums. Whether they were the same two from the night before, I can’t be sure. We watched their eyes glow from the light of our headlamps and chatted a while before retiring for the night.

Read Part I of Wilsons Prom adventure by clicking here, and click here for Part III.

Click here for a link the the Wilsons Promontory website.