For some reason, we decided to do an overnight hike to the most southern point of the most southern state of Australia in winter. I don't know why we wanted to challenge ourselves like Man vs Wild, but we did and low and behold, we survived!
Day 1 - We started off at Telegraph Saddle (where you leave your car) and started hiking towards Roaring Meg. This is where we would be camping for the first night. This was roughly 12km, which was broken up by Halfway Hut at the 7km mark. Although this is technically 'over' halfway, the second part was much more difficult due to a giant hill (I am pretty sure I am not exaggerating here) that you have to climb. I hate hills most of the time, but to have a pack on your back literally carrying your accommodation for the night, it was even more exhausting.
Luckily, I was still on a high from the excitement of it all and had eaten most of my 'trail mix'. I use that term loosely because my trail mix was 90% jelly babies.
We got to Roaring Meg and Phil continued on to South Point, an additional 8km hike. I was pooped so stayed at camp, but he carried on to got some pretty awesome pics (check out his photo page). Roaring Meg is surrounded by bush and has a cute little stream which by the way, is your main source of water.
After spending a good hour exploring the point, we headed off on the final stretch to Little Waterloo Bay (10.9kms away). This part of the walked sucked. Not only was it a lot of up and downs, I ended up rolling my ankle 2/3rds of the way through, which made me go even slower. Don't get me wrong it was beautiful walking along the coast and when we got to Waterloo Bay (just before little waterloo) we had the whole beach to ourselves. EPIC!
Little Waterloo Bay was gorgeous. If it wasn't the dead of winter it would have been amazing to swim there. The sand was so white and untouched. It actually felt like we were on an island, shame about all the other campers cramping my style. Again, there was a stream that was the main source of water and it was busier than Roaring Meg.
Day 3 - Headed back to Telegraph Saddle from LWB, the last 11km of the hike. We decided to go through telegraph junction. We were both pretty tired and sore, and I actually forgot about the giant hill we came down on the first day - which meant we had to climb it today.
We contemplated hiking Mount Oberon, but left it for another day.
Overall, it was an amazing trip. It was our first multi-day hiking trip together and we didn't kill each other - so that's one thing, but it was also great seeing a part of Victoria that I had never seen before. The big boulders all over the prom are a unique feature to the area and the pristine beaches are worth the long walk.
Stayed: In a Columbia tent borrowed from family.
Ate: Special 'trail mix' and Back Country Cuisine camp food (actually amazing)
Coffeed: Blergh, instant.
Adventured: The whole thing was an adventure!
Until next time...