Updated: May 22, 2019
Distance: 6.8km - return
Time: 2 hour - return
Pram Friendly: No
Pet Friendly: No
This walk is probably the most iconic of the Wilson's Promontory walks. Its easy to see why, it really has one of the most spectacular views going around.
We decided to do this walk for sunrise, we have done it twice before and never had a good sunrise but this time we got lucky. We started our drive at 3.45am, it’s about a 2-hour drive from Newborough. We saw heaps of animals alongside the road - foxes, kangaroos, wallaby’s, wombats & deer - so if you do decide to drive super early in the morning just be careful and alert.
The walk is very easy to find, if you drive towards Tidal River and follow the signs up to Telegraph Saddle/Mt Oberon, you will find the car park and your walk starts from there. As you drive up to the car park the walk for Oberon Summit starts towards your right. There are a few different walks you can access from this car park – Refuge cove and sealers cove - just to name a couple.
Most of this walk is very simple and there’s not a whole lot to see on the way up. You walk on a vehicle management track so even at 6.15am, in pitch black there’s not much that can go wrong but do stay on the track as there are steep cliffs as you walk. Really all there is to know about the majority of this walk is that it goes up, up and UP, you have about 45 mins of climbing to do.
You will reach a plateau which has an electrical tower, once you hit this area you are only 10 minutes away from the summit. After that you walk up a few sets of stairs, some wood and some rock, there are also some steep rock faces in this section and also at the summit (so mind your step, especially in the dark).
Once you reach the summit you will see that the walk up the big hill was all worth it. With amazing views all over Tidal River and surrounding bays, you could sit up there for hours. All up it took us 3 hours but we did sit up the top for a good hour and made ourselves coffee and had breakfast, it was a lovely way to spend a morning.