A Wilsons Promontory sunset

I don’t think words can do a sunset like this justice. So I’ll let the photos speak for themselves, here on Victoria’s Wilsons Promontory.

Written by Michael Turtle

Michael Turtle is the founder of Time Travel Turtle. He has been a journalist for more than 20 years and has travelled the world full time since 2011.

Michael Turtle is the founder of Time Travel Turtle and has been travelling full time for a decade.

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Sunset at Wilsons Promontory, Victoria, Australia

Earlier this week, I wrote about my visit to Wilsons Promontory, southeast of Melbourne. If you missed the story, you can read it and see the photos here. It’s not just one of Australia’s most beautiful spots, it’s so easily accessible from a capital city. The whole area is a national park and so, with little development, staying there gives you a direct connection with nature.

As I was putting together that story, I realised that I had far too many photos for just the one post. I was only at Wilsons Promontory for a short time but, even in less than a day, I got such a variety of images. It seemed like a shame not to be able to share more.

Wilsons Promontory sunset at Whisky Bay, Victoria, Australia

That’s why I saved all of these photos until now. They make up a collection that shows just a short period of my stay – less than an hour – as the sun set over the prom.

The geography of Wilsons Promontory means that it has an east coast and a west coast – a sunrise and a sunset. The east coast is much harder to access and, to get to a lot of the places there, you need to hike or take difficult tracks. That makes sunrise views much harder, unless you want to trek to the top of Mount Oberon and get a view of the first rays touching the whole park.

Wilsons Promontory sunset at Whisky Bay, Victoria, Australia

Sunset, on the other hand, well… there are lots of great places to see that. After a day of enjoying the wilderness here in the park, it’s a final present from the skies. A stunning burst of yellows and oranges to say goodbye to the light and prepare for the evening.

I took the advice of some locals and headed to Whisky Bay to see the sunset for myself. It’s about a ten minute drive from the main accommodation area at Tidal River and it’s even walkable (although you wouldn’t want to be walking back in the dark). One of the reasons people consider this to be a great sunset spot is because you get the islands silhouetted on the horizon.

Wilsons Promontory sunset at Whisky Bay, Victoria, Australia

For me, though, it was about more than that final glow at the edge of the world. What the sunset did was give a glow to everything around. The pathway down to the beach; the sand and the seagulls standing on it; the rocks by the water’s edge; the curves of the coast out to either side.

I hope you can see what I mean here with this collection of photos I’ve put together. This is sunset at Whisky Bay on Wilsons Promontory.

Wilsons Promontory sunset at Whisky Bay, Victoria, Australia

Wilsons Promontory sunset at Whisky Bay, Victoria, Australia

Wilsons Promontory sunset at Whisky Bay, Victoria, Australia

Wilsons Promontory sunset at Whisky Bay, Victoria, Australia

Wilsons Promontory sunset at Whisky Bay, Victoria, Australia

Wilsons Promontory sunset at Whisky Bay, Victoria, Australia

Wilsons Promontory sunset at Whisky Bay, Victoria, Australia

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Wilsons Promontory sunset at Whisky Bay, Victoria, Australia

Time Travel Turtle was supported by Tourism Victoria but the opinions, over-written descriptions and bad jokes are his own.

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