Photographer's Note

Mt. Oberon is the highest peak of Wilsons Promontory NP, 3hrs drive SE of Melbourne.

Wilsons Promontory National Park has an early history of Aboriginal occupation with archaeological records dating back at least 6500 years. The Prom had (and still has) spiritual significance for different Aboriginal groups, who knew the area as Yiruk or Wamoom. The area as a valuable food source, particularly in summer. Aboriginal people may have used the Prom, which was then part of a 'land bridge', to reach Tasmania during past Ice Ages.

George Bass and Matthew Flinders were probably the first Europeans to see the Prom, on their 1798 voyage from Sydney, and Bass is thought to have named it after a London friend of Flinders'.

The Prom's position means that it is important for navigation in the turbulent waters of Bass Strait, and a lighthouse was built on South East Point in 1859.

Wilsons Promontory has a variety of geological and landform features of national geological and geomorphological significance. There are nine individual sites within the park of State or regional significance, including Darby, Squeaky and Five Mile Beaches, Great Glennie and Cleft Islands, and Chinaman Creek Delta. Norman Bay at Tidal River is an excellent and accessible place to study the different kinds and formations of granite that make up the Prom.

The promontory represents the northern end of a large granite mass extending to north-east Tasmania. Erosion of the granitic massif has produced the spectacularly rugged landscape we see today. The Yanakie isthmus connecting the granitic promontory to the mainland consists of marine and non-marine sediments and dune deposits.

Coastal features include expansive intertidal mudflats, sandy beaches and sheltered coves interrupted by prominent headlands and plunging granite cliffs in the south, backed by coastal dunes and swamps.

In the intertidal zone adjoining Corner Inlet, large areas of highly productive tidal mudflat are exposed at low tide. Corner Inlet contains internationally important habitat for migratory wading birds.

Mount Oberon is 558 m above sealevel.
From left to right you se parts of Little Oberon Bay, Norman Point, Norman Beach, Tidal River, Pillar Point and Squeaky Beach. The summit is a 3,5 KM - 1 hr, sometimes steep walking track from Tidal River and very often a windy place. I have been there on a Sunday morning and the guy I met on the summit swore, that he climbed it a dozend times and never could leave his hat on before. Suddenly he unpacked a box with chocolate eggs, saien 'Happy Easter' and shared them with everyone coming up. It was Easter Sunday and we really enjoyed the views and the eggs.

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