Wilsons Promontory (or Wilsons Prom as it’s usually known) sits on the south east coast of Victoria and is the state’s largest coastal wilderness area. In summer it’s also one of the most popular camping destinations and is filled with people. Luckily, we went in the middle of winter and in the pouring rain, so it was just us, the bush and the wombats.
Tidal River in the blue light of dawn (or dusk), with grasses and bushland along its edge and clouds hanging low on the hills above.
The distinctive colourful rocks, and dense bushland, that line Tidal River.
Bracken appears bright green growing amongst the rough bark of dense tea tree; Mossy rocks and coastal trees line Tidal River.
Colourful lichen covered a large boulder in the damp bush, green moss on the trees.
A glimpse of Tidal River through the banksia trees.
Foot bridge crossing Tidal River, on a damp day where the clouds are low on the hills; Soft grasses and dense bush line Tidal River with the cloud-covered mountains beyond, you would never know you were only a few hundred meters from the ocean.
The sandy banks of Tidal River, lined with coastal vegetation and mossy boulders.
A tiny glimpse of the ocean through the dense tea tree.
The ubiquitous Wilsons Prom wombat, fur damp from rain, grazing on grass.
The empty foot bridge over Tidal River; A large and round granite boulder on the coast, the ocean in the distance.
Looking across the scrub to the headlands and coves that make up Wilsons Promontory.
Colourful granite boulders wet from the waves, and coastal grasses on the way to Squeaky Beach.
A small bird stands high on a rock as the waves crash onto the boulders below; The blue ocean of Bass Straight crashes on the rocky granite coast.
Looking through a large, split orange boulder to the granite coastline on the other side of Squeaky Beach.
Bracken grows amongst the dead trees, burnt in the 2009 bushfires, with a rock-covered hill behind.
In Lilly Pilly Gully, a log over the small stream is covered in bright green moss, but the ferns appear to be unhealthy.
Ferns and paperbark trees grow amongst the water in Lilly Pilly Gully; The sun finally shines over scrubby vegetation and native grasses, and the tops of the hills appear out of the clouds.