How Difficult Are Wilson's Prom Overnight Hikes?

Wilson’s Promontory is a place of majestic beauty, rugged coastlines etched through time with some of the most incredible hike-in camps in Australia. The sound of crashing waves, wind whistling through the tree canopy, and birds that sing in tune to create the most elated yet relaxed feelings, are all delivered through the thin walls of your lightweight tent. To arrive at these places, we can’t simply pull up in our air-conditioned car and unload at the door. We work for our reward. It’s earned. It is so much more deserved, and more appreciated having had to push through a little resistance.


Our mind, like our muscles, requires resistance in order to grow.

Shannon & Brigitte under a pink full moon on the Beach at Little Waterloo Bay Camp




The rewards outweigh the efforts when you are on a remote beach, with powdery soft sand beneath your toes, and walking into the crystal-clear waters at sunrise.


So how difficult is it to enjoy a hike-in camp at the Prom? Well, it depends on several factors. Let’s unpack them below.



FITNESS


With any physical activity, baseline fitness ensures that an overnight hiking trip is enjoyable. Consider your baseline fitness. Can you walk at a brisk pace for 40mins holding a conversation? Do you currently weight train, attend the gym, or do Pilates/ yoga to strengthen your muscles?


Your current training status along with any injuries can affect your ability to enjoy the walk.

Good aerobic fitness will ensure that you aren’t constantly stopping to catch your breath. That you can walk at 4-5km an hour comfortably whilst talking and on an incline of about 3km/hr, with little breathlessness.


The better your aerobic fitness, the more endurance you will have and the longer you will need between breaks. Strength training will help as strong muscles will have more endurance over time and allow you to move over the terrain with little tiring. Hiking is more than walking and often requires scrambling over rocks, trees and squatting in and out of your tents. It’s a full-body workout.


A group of hikers with lightweight packs cross the white sands of Waterloo Bay, Wilsons Prom.