Wilsons Prom – Day 1
Date: 31 Oct 2014
Weather: Sunny with possible late showers and high winds
Distance Covered: 10.6km
Start: Telegraph Saddle Car Park
Finish: Sealers Cove
Checking in at the Wilsons Prom visitors centre for our 4 day hike, the lady serving us checked the tide chart for Sealers Cove, then checked her watch and declared that we would make it to Sealers Cove right on high tide! This would potentially mean a waist deep river crossing to reach our target campsite for the evening, something that we really hadn’t considered or prepared for.
We departed on our little adventure from the Telegraph Saddle car park as the Shuttle Bus service wasn’t operating until the next day for ferrying people over the Melbourne Cup Day weekend from Tidal River to the car park, which they close over busy periods to manage traffic in the national park.
It was well into the afternoon once we were on the track, but as the weather forecast foretold, we were blessed with a sunny start. We only had about a 10km (3hr) walk before we pitched the tent for the night.
The walk into Sealers Cove was an eye fest of ever changing scenery from fire ravaged forests and newly built tracks to replace the ones that had been washed away in severe floods to lush fern gullies and the final few kilometers on a meandering Boardwalk through fern trees and wet lands before arriving at Sealers Cove right on time for a waist deep rivers crossing!
The camp site came equipped with 2 x drop toilets and running water from a poly pipe pumped from further upstream to service a small number of tent sites.
Well the rain sent us to bed around 8:00pm which also coincided with the fading light of the day!