The weather was dreadful when we arrived in Prom Country on Friday evening, but we told ourselves we were going to walk to Sealers Cove track the next day, rain or shine. When we woke up, hopes of catching a clear glimpse of Waratah Bay from our room window were crushed, but the forecast said we would have a cloudy morning with no rain. We immediately packed our backpack and made our way to the park.
It was the drive there that made me realise that grey, gloomy weather wasn't so bad after all. In fact, it meant that we got to see nature in a completely different light. Clouds hanging below the tip of mountains, trees stripped bare of their leaves against the grey skies... Nature is wonderful no matter what the weather is like.
We first stopped at Tidal River for a toilet break (and to buy more snacks) before heading to Telegraph Saddle carpark. And so the journey began.
We started off at a very relaxed pace, taking in the fresh air and the beautiful sights of trees and rocky formations. We were quite surprised that there were very few people on the track, as we probably walked past four or five other parties throughout the whole journey.
We had barely walked 2km and I could no longer resist the temptation of the bag of Twisties bouncing around in the backpack. After munching on some snacks and taking way too many selfies with the help of our selfie stick, we decided it was high time to power up.
We walked past several points of interest, all of which became checkpoints for rest when we were on our journey back. After walking on the boardwalk for what seemed like forever, we finally heard the sounds of lapping waves. We had arrived at Sealers Cove at last!
It was so beautifully secluded. Apart from another couple setting up camp way across the other side, it was just us. It felt pretty amazing to be at a place that was only accessible by foot (though it is possibly accessible by boat too). We stayed for a good half and hour or so until it started drizzling. We decided to challenge ourselves to complete the return journey in 2 hours.
We couldn't beat the rain, but it didn't matter. The misty environment was a different sort of a charm.
According to the official guide, the track (one way) is 9.5km and takes 3 hours. I used MapMyRun and it logged 12km each way. We took 2.5 hours to get there, stopping aplenty for rest and photos, and 2 hours to get back.
Despite the weather, we really enjoyed the hike. It worked out better for us because that was probably why there were very few people on the track. Both the journey and the destination were so worth the effort! It was too bad we only had time for one track, but that's okay, that just gives us another excuse to return to Wilsons Prom!