These photos are from mid August, when I organised a weekend away in Wilsons Promontory National Park with a couple of other leaders from Melbourne Girls Outside. We spent two nights in one of the group lodges at Tidal River with 24 women from all walks of life who had come together to enjoy some hiking. I still can’t believe we pulled it off!
The weekend was a challenge for me in a number of ways, but I pushed through and am admittedly a little proud of myself. Physically, it was exhausting leading a 20km hike in the rain on Saturday, and mentally tough to continue on in spite of the terrible conditions. The constant socialisation required in the event was also hard for a socially awkward introvert such as myself, but I enjoyed the challenge and met some wonderful women I might never have crossed paths with.
Everyone arrived on the Friday night, and on Saturday we split off on to two different hikes. I co-led the longer 20km return trek to Sealers Cover. As mentioned above, the weather was not in our favour and it ended up being a very long, very wet hike that made a typically easy hike a very hard one.
At least we had some views of the beach when we arrived! Though after ten minutes huddling under the trees we decided it was best to keep moving so as to stay warm.
In the afternoon, after we had all dried off and warmed up, the skies cleared momentarily and a group of us wandered down to Oberon Bay to walk along the beach.
Wilsons Prom always brings back so many memories of my childhood, from family holidays, to school camps, and teenage weekends away.
On the Sunday, I co-led another hike up Mt Bishop, whilst a second group took on the iconic Mt Oberon. The rain was again not in our favour, and we were originally treated to the below view.
In the five minutes it took to walk along the final stretch of track to the main lookout point, the sky cleared and we were treated to stunning views over Oberon Bay below! We could see Mt Oberon from our lookout point and it was covered in clouds, so my fellow hikers and I felt very lucky to have had this brief view.
Oh, and then it started hailing sideways!
Whilst it was a tough weekend with poor weather, it was worth the effort and I certainly felt a sense of achievement coming away from it. The Melbourne Girls Outside community has been so great to be a part of, and has encouraged me to push myself further by becoming a leader. Hopefully I can fit in a few more hikes with the group before the year is out!