So in about a months time, I have an epic week of hiking taking in the Alpine regions in both Victoria and NSW, so I am starting to “train” knowing that there will be a few big days ahead. That being said, I recently completed Mt Juliet which was a good incline primer, but I know one of the days we have planned is a 30km behemoth so I need to get some distance in the legs now.
Before I start ill say that this is not a hike for the faint of heart. The Mt Juliet walking track is a grade 4 track recommended for experienced hikers. It has a reputation of being one of the nastiest hills in Victoria in terms of vertical accent over a short distance. Australian walking track grading system specs can be found here: https://www.ffm.vic.gov.au/recreational-activities/walking-and-camping/australian-walking-track-grading-system Early on Saturday my hiking mate Michael made the trek out to my place (poor bastard had to catch a 5:40am train) so that we could both experience what it would be like to have your ass kicked by a “hill”.
So the night was warm and the sleep interrupted by toilet runs, kids waking up and birds walking on the roof, but we got a sleep in to around 6am which was a nice change from yesterday. Being awake I took a stroll down to the beach and captured this sunrise picture. Sunrise overlooking the northern part of Wilsons Prom from Yanakie Caravan Park. We had plans to tackle 2 walks today, but the weather looked like it was going to be a wet one.
Wilsons Prom, if ever you get the chance to head down to this part of Victoria you wont be disappointed. Its a paradise. I’ve taken my family here a few times now and we are slowly ticking the walks off the list. We started our adventure bright and early on Friday morning leaving at 5am with 200 odd kms to travel to the southern part of the state. A few years ago we attempted the walk from Darby River to Tongue point but it was something that alluded us at that time.