MT OBERON SUMMIT WALK:

Are you up for taking on an early morning mountain walk to witness an epic sunrise? The Mt Oberon summit walk needs to be on your list. Getting the perfect sunrise takes a little planning and a bit of luck on the day, but it’s well worth the effort. The sunrise from Mt Oberon’s summit is stunning, and as the light brings your surrounds to life, you’ll be blown away by the magnificent 360 degree views of Wilsons Promontory National Park. There will be plenty of ‘wow’ moments on this adventure.

FAST FACTS:

  • Start/Finish: Telegraph Saddle Carpark.
  • Distance: 6.8 km circuit.
  • Time: 45 mins each way. Want to see the sunrise? Time it right.
  • Grade: Easy – medium.
  • Attire: Sports clothes & runners will do the job. Dress for the conditions.
  • Where: Wilsons Promontory. Stay at Tidal River Campground.
  • Nearest Town: Yanakie (although Tidal River Campground has a couple of shops).
  • Provisions: Approx. 1 L of water per person. A few snacks to get you through.

WHERE TO START THE MT OBERON SUMMIT WALK

This popular walk starts at Telegraph Saddle carpark, Australia’s southernmost carpark (on the mainland). It’s a 4 km drive from Tidal River Campground – the best place to set up camp at the Prom. Hikers access a number of multi-day trails on Wilsons Promontory from this point, however, you’ll most likely be the first of the day taking on Mt Oberon. Ideal when exploring a popular destination.

Start of Mt Oberon Hike

Note: This photo was taken after the walk… when it was light.

WHAT TO EXPECT EN-ROUTE TO THE SUMMIT

From Telegraph Saddle carpark there’s a 3.4 km ascent, but don’t freak, the majority of the route is a sealed access road. The walk will take approximately 45 mins, and while it gets the legs burning, the pace is fairly easy to maintain. As the road cuts back and forth through the native bush, there are glimpses of the broader surrounds – a taste of what’s to come.

With a few hundred meters to go, and as the morning light gets stronger, a steeper single-track veers off and pinches toward the summit. If you’ve timed it right, sunrise will be just minutes away.

Setting off on Mt Oberon Hike
Hiking to the top of My Oberon

SETTING UP FOR SUNRISE

As you make the final ascent towards the summit, the native bush recedes and huge boulders takeover the landscape. It’s tempting to go exploring, but with the sunrise just moments away it’s time to find a vantage point.

There are a number of boulders just below Mt Oberon’s summit on the eastern side that are ideal platforms. Overlooking a huge gully, the scene is set. Time to get the camera out or just settle in to enjoy this incredibly vibrant sunrise.

Setting up for Mt Oberon Sunrise

Sun rises at Mt Oberon

MORE VIEWS FROM MT OBERON SUMMIT

After one of the most stunning sunrises you’ll have the opportunity to experience in Victoria, it’s time to explore the summit. With the sun now bringing colour to previously muted surrounds, the environment comes to life. The bush, the rocks and the ocean all start to show their true colours.

To the north east there are epic views of Tidal River Campground and a few of the many bays on Wilsons Prom’s eastern coast; Little Oberon Bay, Norman Bay, Leonard Bay, Picnic Bay & Whisky Bay, to name a few.

Overlooking Tidal River at Mt Oberon Sunrise

The outlook to the south gives you a view down to the eastern tip of Wilsons Prom and few of the outlying islands. This is the true southern-most tip of Australia’s mainland and like the rest of the Prom, it’s brimming with native wildlife including wombats, emus, kangaroos and echidnas. Explore it if you get the opportunity.View of Wilsons Prom lighthouse from Mt Oberon

HOW TO GET TO MT OBERON AT WILSONS PROMONTORY

Wilsons Promontory is a solid 3 hour drive south-east of Melbourne, taking either the M1 or the South Gippsland Hwy (M420) out of Melbourne. If taking the M1, take Koo Wee Rup Road south from Pakenham, which will eventually join up with the South Gippsland Hwy. The South Gipssland Hwy then veers left soon after the Lang Lang turn off, and from there it’s straight through to Meeniyan. Here you turn off towards Fish Creek and follow the signage to Wilsons Prom.

From Wilsons Promontory entrance it’s a further 30 km through to Tidal River Campground, or 33 km to Telegraph Saddle Carpark. Note, this section of road is unlike anything you would have seen before. There are kangaroos, wombats and other species of wildlife everywhere. Enjoy the sights, but please drive carefully.