The 26th year has arrived and as in true Adventure Man getting over a quarter life crisis style, I chose to spend it on top of a mountain. Niki and I headed down on Friday towards world’s end, a national park known as Wilson Promontory. Located in the south of Victoria at the southern most tip of mainland Australia, the national park boasts pristine coastal scenery and a rugged interior of small mountains and rocky outcrops. Kangaroos, Wallabies, Emus and from the many apparent dead wombats on the side of the road, all thrive within with in the nature reserve.
Game on! Mt Oberon is an easy to medium climb, standing at a small height of about 558 metres. A 7km return trip which depending on how long you spend on the summit, will take you about 2 to 3 hours to return to the car park at the base. The climb is a constant uphill battle along the service road, with plenty of view points along the way allowing you time to catch your breathe and enjoy your surrounds. If you’re lucky you may even spot a Kangaroo or two.
Once at the top you will be rewarded with 360 degree views of the southern most frontier of Australia and what a view it is; Brilliant sapphire waters crashing into the megalithic rocks that surround the coast, the clouds are almost touchable and the cleanest air will fill your airways with the smell of eucalyptus.
This is a hike that everyone will enjoy, including the kids or the aged challenged. Take plenty of water and perhaps even a picnic basket, just a make sure to take out what you what you brought in. On the final note, let’s not forget this is Victoria, weather is subject to change at the shortest of moments, be prepared!
On a side note, don’t try out a brand new pair of boots on the mountain … the blisters are still hurting.