Back Down South - Kings of Leon

To complete another beautiful lap, we had to make our way to the southern most point of the mainland.  Investigations revealed this to be in Wilsons Prom National Park.

With a couple of days to make our way to the Prom we decided to take the slow and scenic coastal route down south.

Exiting Melbourne and saying goodbye to its delightful traffic we followed the coastline down past the turnoff to Philip Island and onto the seaside town of Inverloch.  Our camp for the night was a nice quiet patch of grass just behind the sand dunes.  Apart from a few blue wrens (without shutter detectors) we had a large area all to ourselves.

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The setting sun, moderate wind and outgoing tide seemed made ideal conditions for a few kite-surfers (and photographers).  

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After a good nights sleep we continued our way down the coast before heading inland to Toora.  Luckily for us we were spared from the hot conditions Melbourne was having, with the temperature gauge reaching a pleasant 26 degrees. 

 Venus Bay

Venus Bay

Friday morning we made our way into Foster to meet up with Sim and Geoff who had arranged a long weekend to join us for our expedition down south.

After collecting a few supplies we made our way into the National Park and set up camp at the Tidal River camping ground.

The campground has 483 campsites.  Luckily for us they were not all occupied.  We were able to find a place without any schoolies in the near vicinity.

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Large sections of the National Park were damaged by flooding in March 2011 and the park still  has lots of roads and walking tracks that are closed. 

Friday afternoon we spent at Picinic Bay and Squeaky Beach, enjoying lunch on the beach and a swim.

 Picnic Bay

Picnic Bay

On Saturday morning we wandered around the camp exploring Norman Beach and Tidal River.  A few little flathead were spotted in the river.  Lucky for them we didn't have the super yacht!  

 Tidal River

Tidal River

After lunch we set off about heading as far south as we could make it.  Sections of the track to South Point are only accessible to bushwalkers on a multi-day hike.  Without the gear (and perhaps the fitness) we decided to make it as far south as we could to Norman Point.

The track followed the coastline and reminded us of sections of the East Coast of Tassie.

 Norman Bay

Norman Bay

With our home made sign we ticked off another point on our lap of the mainland.

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A huge thanks to Sim and Geoff for taking time off work and heading down the coast with us.  It was great to see you guys.

We spent a night on the Mornington Peninsular on the way back to Melbourne.  Sadly our trip is coming to an end.