Wilsons Promontory – Sealers Cove

Sealers Cove is a gem – you emerge from the forest to find yourself on a sweeping beach with sand so white and clean it dazzles. The ocean beckons, crystal clear. In summer the waters are refreshingly cool, in winter invigorating.

Sealers Cove at Wilsons Promontory National Park

Sealers Cove at Wilsons Promontory National Park

Sealers Cove is my favourite place at Wilsons Prom. I’ve hiked there many times – as part of a three-day loop including Refuge Cove and Little Waterloo Bay; with my nieces on an introductory backpacking trip; and several times as a wonderful day hike (20.4 km return).

The Telegraph Saddle to Sealers Cove Track begins at Mt Oberon car park, and the walk takes you from the western to the eastern side of The Prom. Initially, it’s a gradual climb through thick mountain forest to Windy Saddle, which, as the name suggests, is exposed to the elements. From here, there are glorious views to both sides of the promontory.

The rest of the walk to Sealers Cove is an easy, downhill gradient. There is also section of boardwalks built across a swamp; remnants of a rainforest of Blackwood and Lilly Pilly. In the mid-19th century a timber mill operated here and a tramway and jetty existed. All that remains now are a few old stumps that occasionally appear in the shifting sand.

Sealers Cove is a stunning sight. If you’re on a day trip, this is the place for a leisurely lunch and a swim… if you’re brave enough to test the waters!! I’ve done it a few times and it is very refreshing on a hot day, especially when you’ve been hiking. But, be warned, Wilsons Promontory is the southernmost tip of mainland Australia. The water is a tad chilly. If you’re staying overnight, there’s a shady campground at the far end of the beach, but you’ll need a permit. You also have to wade across Sealers Creek, so it’s best to know the tide times before you arrive.

Below are a few photographs from one of my visits to Sealers Cove.

Kim and Steve on an introductory backpacking trip

Kim and Steve on an introductory backpacking trip

Rest break at Windy Saddle

Rest break at Windy Saddle

Remnants of the jetty at Sealers Cove

Remnants of the jetty at Sealers Cove

Anyone for a swim?

Anyone for a swim?

Crossing Sealers Creek

Crossing Sealers Creek

Sealers Cove campground

Sealers Cove campground

Crimson rosella in the campground

Crimson rosella in the campground

A leisurely walk back...

A leisurely walk back…

Starfish washed ashore

Starfish washed ashore

Note: The Telegraph Saddle to Sealers Cove Track, which was closed for an extended period in 2012/2013, due to extensive flood damage, has now re-opened. Check with Parks Victoria for the status of all trails at Wilsons Promontory.

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6 thoughts on “Wilsons Promontory – Sealers Cove

  1. Sealers Cove is one of my favourite short bushwalks but it’s been years since I was there. Thanks for reminding me. Must plan another trip.

    • Sealers Cove is beautiful… and great news… I’ve just seen on the national park’s website that the track from Telegraph Saddle is opening again (June 2013). This means a day walk is possible, as well as the longer overnight treks.

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  3. Great article! Just thought you might like to know, the day walk from Telegraph Saddle has reopened this weekend (June long weekend 2013).

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