Wilsons Prom Daytrip 2013
When people tend to ask us about adventures, one question that always seems to pop up is what’s our favourite view in Victoria. Now I know there’s still so much out there to see and explore but I believe during the last few years there’s been a few places that we can always revisit. It all comes down to that moment in time when you first set eyes upon that view and the emotions you experienced that time.
For Peter it’s the Grampians.
For me? Hands down Wilsons Prom.
I’ll never forget that first day trip we did up to Wilsons Promontory with myself, Peter, Tish Raye and Law. It’s still hands down one of my favourite road trips ever to this very day.
The second time we revisited was quite a contrast in comparison to our first time there. Sunshine and blue skies were now replaced with grey skies and cold winds and it took me awhile to process that this was the same place we’d been to only a few months before. The seasons can change your outlook on a certain place and I’ve definitely felt it when we visited Bright & Mount Buffalo during Autumn and early Spring.
This was my third time back to Wilsons Prom and I was quite excited to do the hike back to Mount Bishop. Age decided to come along as well - not so much for the hiking but simply cause he wanted to do something that weekend. I also asked Rachel to come along as well since the last time I saw her was when we had Korean Fried Chicken at Meega’s. Initially I was worried (as you do in these situations) as she hadn’t met any of the others coming along and whether it’d be awkward for her.
Thankfully that turned out not to be the case.
Age picked me up at 6:30 that morning where we grabbed some pork rolls before heading off to pick up Rachel. We made our way to Cranbourne where we grabbed a coffee and waited for the others to meet up with us at Maccas.
Our first stop was at Tidal River which gave us a chance to go toilet, grab some ice cream and figure out where the base of the hike was. Most of the group were ready for this hike with the new up to Mount Bishop and soaked in all the views it had to offer.
On one side you have the valleys similar to the Grampians, turn around (bright eyes) and you have the gorgeous Victorian coastlines. As I stood there taking photographs, Angelica (IA) asked me this question:
How does it feel being back here? It must be special to you since the photo you took here got featured in the Korean magazine.
And for a moment, all these memories from our first trip came flooding back to me. The random conversations we had (Frannie covering himself in honey?!), me and Law dancing along to Human Nature on top of the mountain and us singing along to the Raye’s Outdoors Mix in the car. It was a bittersweet moment: here I am seeing all these glorious views but without the ones I had experienced it initially.
Nevertheless it was great to be making new memories with these group of people who had now become part of the Backseat Ballads family. We sat there eating our rolls prepped by Joe and laid on the ground listening to the Corrs. After making the trek back down, we headed off to Squeaky Beach where we all kick backed and did our own thing. Some of the guys were trying to build their own dam, the girls attempted doing hand stands whilst I still marvelled at the fact the sand literally does squeak.
Funnily enough it was when Joe’s group began camping with us that our trips would always end with some fried chicken - more particularly KFC. A nice day spent hiking and exploring with great company and ending it with good food. What more could you really want?