Wilsons Promontory

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 08:00
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Hi all we are just about to take off from Paradise Beach and were going to W.P
I just wanted to know if anyone has stayed at camp 96 that is in the camps 5 book and is it worth spending the night there ? as we are trvelling around OZ for the next 9 months and I would hate to have missed it,so any advice would be great .

Regards John.
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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 08:58

Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 08:58

I spent a week camping/surfing with four mates at the Prom in late February 1971. It was just before I started university, and although I didn't have a cracker to my name I didn't have a care in the world.

During the week the waves slowly built up from about two feet to six feet. I'll never forget the playful seals coming right up to us in the crystal clear water. Unforgettable too was having to clean the maggots off the BBQ meat before cooking- not an Engel amongst us.

The water is very cold most of the year. A wetsuit is essential for more than a quick dip.

There are some great walks too.

Any trip around Oz that missed the most southerly tip of the mainland wouldn't be quite the real thing.

Strongly recommended.
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Follow Up By: furph - Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 13:06

Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 13:06
Thanks Bob, that brought back some great recollections.

In 1966 I was doing mech.e. at RMIT and had the (lucky) opportunity to take 3 nurses from the Alfred down there for a week.

We had a cabin at Tidal R., never saw the wave height you mention but that water was certainly chilly. I was not smuggling budgies, more like blue wrens!
But we did get plenty of abalone from the rock pools, what feasts we had.

Caught plenty of fish, mainly parrots and did the day walk and back to the lighthouse, could it have been 28mile return?
Looking over the edge at the frollicking seals was something. Getting the girls back over that last big climb before tidal river was something else.

We did get some curious looks from other campers there but i (think) I managed to keep a fairly straight face.
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Reply By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 09:13

Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 09:13
G'day John, cant help directly with 96 ,but the location looks as though it is worth
a look. The campground at Tidal River ,while large & packed in peak times, is
very good with large sites & good amenities but no power to campsites. I imagine
it is now a bit less hectic with holidays over for most....oldbaz.
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Follow Up By: Fragle_Rock (VIC) - Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 09:40

Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 09:40
There have been a few changes down there recently, Tidal river now has a number of powered camp sites available but it is best to book if you are after one.

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Reply By: Member - Julie P (VIC) - Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 15:03

Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 15:03
Haven't got my book with me - is camp 96 at Tidal River, or is it Bear Gully - Tidal River campground is huge - has kiosk, and I believe it now has some limited powered sites - good toilet blocks and amenities, close to beach.
Bear Gully is a bit away from Tidal River, but a lovely camp spot - no power, but toilets etc - and almost right on the beach, gets very busy there.
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Reply By: Member - Jo Q (NSW) - Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 13:09

Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 13:09
Hi John,

Stayed at Tidal River when we did our trip around Vic. Great spot, clean amenities, some great walks - long & short and fantastic views. Defibnately not a spot to be missed!Image Could Not Be Found

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Follow Up By: Member - Jo Q (NSW) - Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 13:10

Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 13:10
Sorry - picture is sideways!
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Reply By: Johnny boy - Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 18:01

Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 18:01
Thanks all,for your replies I am sitting at T/R as I type I am so glad I took your advice guys and I will be coming back for a 2nd and more longer/prepaired visit for sure,the weather has turned a bit sour but I am still loving it,so thanks again and we are off to Philip island over the weekend and a trip around the city of Melbourne WOO HOOO!!

Regards john.
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