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 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.
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.