This is a guest post by Monique Winterhoff.
There is nothing quite like the challenging climb of Mount Oberon, where the summit rewards avid walkers with breathtaking views across Wilsons Promontory National Park and over some of the outlying islands.
This incredibly popular walk begins at the Telegraph Saddle carpark, a four-kilometre drive from the Tidal River campgrounds and approximately a three-hour drive from Melbourne. It is a relatively steep 3.4-kilometre track. For the most part, the walk is on a wide, compacted gravel track used by management vehicles until you reach the stair section just before reaching the summit, which consists of some steep steps.
Along the track are glimpses of the view to come and a wonderful walk through the outstanding flora and fauna that the Prom has to offer.
After making the final ascent, walkers emerge out onto enormous weathered boulders and have 360-degree views across the Prom and Bass Strait. Even in summer, the weather at Mount Oberon can be windy, cloudy and cold, so be sure to check weather conditions ahead of time.
- A relatively steep 3.4-kilometre track.
- Spectacular views of Wilsons Promontory.
- A variety of local flora and fauna.
- Be sure to check weather conditions.
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Monique Winterhoff is a MSc student at the University of Melbourne studying blood parasites in small mammals on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. One of her interests is the combination of art and science, using art as a medium for communicating scientific research.
All images courtesy of Monique Winterhoff.