Some camp spots are worth revisiting, more than once. I think Yanakie, on the doorstep of Wilsons Promontory National Park, takes the record for the amount of times we’ve been back in two years.
Last weekend was trip number five, an impromptu overnighter and a prelude to hubby’s birthday this Friday.
It’s a special place to camp with views that overlook the waters of Corner Inlet and the mountains of the Prom.
Last summer, while we were here, we waded amongst hundreds of banjo sharks that unexpectedly swarmed into the warm waters. We sank our feet into mud pools for the ultimate dirty weekend and scampered across golden rocks at high tide.
Whilst many visitors, especially those from overseas, set up camp at iconic Tidal River, we’ve come to cherish our time at Yanakie.
It’s quiet, removed from the hub of tourists, open fires are allowed (with conditions) and even four legged canine friends are welcome. Just be aware you can’t take them into the National Park.
Aside from the waterfront views, Yanakie’s biggest draw card is it’s proximity to the National Park, being just five minutes drive from the official entrance.
From there it’s only thirty minutes to reach Tidal River, but don’t rush the trip. The joy is in the many stops along the way and the notorious locals that inadvertently slow you down.
How could anyone drive by such a fat cutie as this?
Wombats are primarily nocturnal but they’re a bit like Melbourne trams. You don’t see any, then suddenly three turn up at once!
That’s how it was. So much wildlife in the wild. It’s an up close and personal experience you won’t forget.
Wombats, wallabies, koalas, emus, echidnas, kookaburras … they all roam freely here in their own proverbial backyard.
Look closely at the photo below and see how many Australian animals you can spot.
From the bush to the beach, the Prom is a nature lovers paradise.
There’s Squeaky Beach, with sand that squelches between your toes and Whisky Bay with its dramatic rocks, two of many secluded beaches that will have you falling in love before you even reach the hub of Tidal River.
This is the camping ‘heart’ of the Prom
Here you’ll find backpackers, campers and tourists (regardless of the season) scattered amongst the 484 campsites, more wombats and wildlife, walkways leading to Norman Beach and the start of many walks.
A walkers paradise
You can walk to places like Sealers Cove, hike the overnight trek to the lighthouse or enjoy shorter walks to Pillar Point, Lily Pilly Gully or the iconic summit walk up Mount Oberon for a 360-degree view of the park.
So many walks, over 80kms of bushwalking trails in fact, but for us so little time.
I remember growing up we enjoyed many day trips to the Prom. We’d be woken up at 5am, trundled into the car and by 10am we’d be rambling up the top of Mount Oberon. I was fitter back then, though I’m not sure I appreciated it quite like I do today.
The Prom is the most southern point of mainland Australia. Yep, it’s as far south as Australia goes.
For us this weekend was all about savouring the winter sunshine and relishing the deserted beaches without the crowds.
After a sun drenched Saturday we woke on Sunday to rain and moody skies. Outside our camper, the dark tempestuous sky and silver reflections on the water amplified the dramatic changing face of Mother Nature.
The weather at the southern tip of Australia is often unpredictable but I guess that sums up life in general.
Life’s not always sunshine and rainbows. It can be dark, cloudy and full of moody moments, however, as with everything, it all passes.
The good and the bad, the rain and the storms. The heatwave and the drought, the holidays and the heartaches. Life, its seasons and all of its challenges is a never ending cycle.
It really isn’t about the destination (though the Prom is a damn good one). It’s about the wild, unpredictable stuff that happens along the way and it’s about making the most of every single moment.
Love it all, wherever you are.
Be grateful for wherever you are.
Where’s your next date going to be?
Wherever it is, enjoy the journey.
In light and love
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