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Published: December 20th 2014
Why haven’t anyone told me to go to Australia before? No one told me that it’s full of long, white, sandy beaches with crystal clear blue water to swim in, beautiful mountains that’s scream out; climb me! AND friendly caring people that wants to help you even when you are not lost. Or maybe I havn't listened. I just thought it was hot hot hot and dust dust dust (more or less). But no no nooo… If you at the moment are in a country where it might be cold, rainy and dark.. you might not want to continuing reading. You might think that I’m repeating myself and blabbing on about how wonderful this continent is. But it’s a fact and it’s the truth. Its great and you should try to make your next destination “Down Under”…
Anyway. 10 days ago we took our wicked van on a last trip before we were going to return it in Melbourne. Destination: Wilsons Promontory (only 2,5 hours south east of Frankston). Wilson’s Prom. is a very well kept beautiful national park full of beauty and Australian wildlife. There is a big campsite half an hour drive into the park where
Sealers Cove Evening Swim
wild wombats (aussie animal that looks like a massive guineapig) stroll around eating left overs in the middle of tents, cars and playing kids. Staying at the campsite costs about 50 dollars (way above our budget) but if you hike to one of the smaller camp spots with your own tent you only have to pay 12.90 dollars… Deal. We parked the van in the car park at Telegraph Saddle (next to another Wicked van, will get back to that later) packed food, water (there are no drinking water or shops inside the park), sleeping bag (only one..?), tent and sunscreen and started our 10 km hike down to our first stop Sealers Cove. At the car park we met a Swedish friendly couple (they were also in a wicked van) that were in Wilsons Prom for the day. I ended up meeting up with them in Melbourne 2 days later for a beer and exchange of hike stories. Good fun! J
Our first day of hiking was very good and pleasant and we arrived at the beach at Sealers Cove in the afternoon. We found a perfect spot for our tent and went for an evening
swim in a magnificent beautiful bay surrounded by mountains and forest… magical. After cooking some soup (for starter) and sausages (main course) we went for an evening walk (that ended up being 4 km) along the beach. Along the shore we saw something that looked like small pebbles in the dark but after a while we saw that they were moving… after getting a bit closer we saw that it was thousands of small crabs along the shoreline coming up from the sand and moving after the tide. Pretty cool.
After a very cosy (sharing one sleeping bag) night we started our 2nd
day in this beautiful place with hiking along the cost towards our next destination (6.4 km away), Refugee Cove. At this point I don’t think I really realised how much longer we were going to hike after that. I’m not complaining (!) and we had a great time hiking, swimming (in the most beautiful places!!), singing and dancing our way trough beaches, deep forests and hills, but I most admit that our feet and legs were absolutely dead after 25 km of Wilson’s Prom. But it was so much worth it. We saw wallabies
(small kangaroos), lizards, birds and many ants (biggest one I’ve ever seen). And the best thing was that it felt like we had the park almost to ourselves. We ended this remarkable day with a steak (that we cooked on a bbq) and a very well much earned beer in the sunset.
Walking hand in hand with your best friend and soul mate is the best medicine. It doesn’t matter if you are stressed, feeling depressed, feeling anxious or all of them together. Moments like that are unbeatable.
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