Wilsons Promontory Lightstation
Wilsons Promontory Lightstation was built in 1859 from local granite on a narrow peninsula jutting into the wild waters of Bass Strait.
In the 1800s supplies were delivered to the lighthouse by ship every six months and there was no communication with the outside world. Families, often with children, had the lonely but vital task of keeping the light burning, saving both ships and lives.
Today, visitors can taste a little of the lighthouse keeper lifestyle by staying in three cottages next to the lighthouse.
Each cottage has a bathroom and fully equipped kitchen with oven, hotplates, microwave, fridge, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery.
There are two levels of accommodation, 'standard' and 'standard plus'. The standard cottage has one bathroom and an older kitchen while the standard plus accommodation has two bathrooms per cottage and a renovated kitchen.
Standard plus cottage kitchen facilities
The bedding is single bunk beds with a mattress and a pillow. Visitors need to supply their own linen or sleeping bags as well as towels. Doonas are availble for hire for a small fee.
Single bunk bed accommodation
All food must be brought in and all rubbish must be taken out. There is no minimum stay but a two night maximum stay applies.
Tours are held each afternoon at:
- Sep to April: 2:30, 3:15 and 4:00pm
- May to Aug: 2:30 and 3:15pm
Hikers must obtain a permit before commencing their walk and carry it with them at all times.
After completing your hike, please return your permit to the Tidal River Visitor Centre.
Permits may also be deposited in the permit boxes located at the Five Mile car park, outside the Park Entrance Station or outside the Tidal River Visitor Centre. This system informs rangers of your safe return.
The following track completion times are intended as a guide for hikers. Completion times may vary significantly depending on an individual’s or group’s overall fitness and hiking experience.
|Southern Prom Hikes||Difficulty||Time||Distance|
|Overall return hike to Light Station via Oberon Bay and Little Waterloo Bay, return via Telegraph Track||Easy to Hard||17 hours (3 - 4 nights)||51.7km|
|Overall Tidal River to Sealers Cove via Light Station, Little Waterloo camp and Refuge Cove, return via Waterloo Track||Easy to Hard||26 hours (5 - 6 nights)||78.5km|
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