South Point

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South Point

Postby tastrekker » Sat 16 Jun, 2018 12:46 pm

Setting out from Tidal River along Norman Beach

A day trip from Tidal River to South Point via Oberon Bay then return via Telegraph Saddle in one of Australia's reputedly busiest national parks. How many people do you think we met?


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Little Oberon Bay

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Oberon Bay

Well, to be exact we saw 2 walkers heading away from us towards the lighthouse at Roaring Meg but they didn't see us. Then we were passed by what we assume were caretakers driving south through Telegraph Junction.

... and that's it!

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Mount Wilson

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Forest near Roaring Meg campsite

Clearly a weekday in winter is THE time to experience The Prom in peace.

We thoroughly enjoyed the stunning coastal scenery and the excitement of 100kph winds trying to blast us off the rocks at South Point. Along the way we were impressed by the forests around Roaring Meg and entertained by trackside fungus displays. Geology on the Prom is the same as Freycinet in Tasmania but clearly the Prom does not have a Tasmania-sized island to protect it from the Roaring 40s. It was therefore strange to see a wet and heavily vegetated version of Freycinet.

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Trackside fungi display near Roaring Meg

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South Point and Walker Island

A few light showers chased us on the return journey to Tidal River as clouds enveloped the surrounding peaks - a precursor to the overnight entertainment. While not looking forward to the extra hill of Telegraph Saddle we decided the dramatically strengthening nor-westerlies would not be good company heading back along the coast.

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South Point selfie

Lying in our tent in a strangely empty Tidal River campground we were delighted by almost constant thunderstorms rolling by with 60mm of overnight rain making our Hilleberg Allak earn its keep. Thanks, Wilsons Prom, for a memorable stay.
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Re: South Point

Postby neilmny » Sat 16 Jun, 2018 2:01 pm

The Prom to yourself sounds like a dream.......nice work tastrekker thanks for posting.
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Re: South Point

Postby north-north-west » Sun 17 Jun, 2018 9:56 am

I've done a couple of winter circuits and found the place nearly deserted. Perhaps two people at Refuge or Sealers and that was it.

Long hard day, that. When I was younger I could do that day in summer fairly easily; even the longer circuit was possible. Winter would be a bit trickier.
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