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Point Hicks Lighthouse
In 1890 the remote lighthouse keepers settlement at Point Hicks was completed comprising the lighthouse and housing for the three lighthouse keepers and their families. The Head Lighthouse Keeper and his two Assistants took turns to ensure the light kept didn't go out by spending their nights up in the tower regardless of the weather. During the day, the keepers and their families kept the operation running with chickens, veggie gardens, draft horses and a couple of dairy cows requiring daily attention.
These days, only one Lighthouse Keeper is required to tend to the light so the two Assistant Keepers cottages are available for a unique holiday experience.
You will have the ocean directly in front of you and in this location you are genuinely out of reach. No WIFI, no emails and no phones – unless you climb to a certain point down on the rocks where you may get reception and/or wet from the sea spray.
The dunes adjacent to Point Hicks are visually stunning and well worth the physically demanding trek.
Going early in the morning it recommended in the summer months so the walk is finished before the hottest part of the day and adequate water should always be carried The dunes system is a dynamic environment with sands constantly shifting. Every time you complete the walk, the experience is different.
The walk can vary in length depending on your fitness levels, you can choose to turn back and retrace your path at any point. For the more intrepid, the walk can continue out onto the highest point of the dune field and return to the camp via the Thurra River. Walking along the river requires the adventurer to wade through section but usually the depth doesn't exceed your knees. If you want challenge yourself with the longest version of this walk, talk to the Lighthouse Keeper or someone else who has completed the walk. They will give you some tips as there is minimal signage.
Fishing, diving, surfing or simply swimming are natural activities in a place surrounded by several pristine beaches.
The water is crystal clear and the sand is white and squeaky. For the most part of the year, you will have the expansive beaches to yourself.
Diving and snorkeling is spectacular in the protected bays to the east and west of the lighthouse. There is abundant marine life to observe including kelp meadows, large stingrays, abalone, lobster and a multitude of fish species. Fishing is permitted outside of Point Hicks Marine Park which is clearly signposted on the beaches.
If you aren't so eager to jump under the swell for a look, a walk along the beach can offer glimpses of seals and dolphins surfing the waves, eagles soaring overhead and beautiful driftwood washed up on the sand feeds your imagination. It is a beach combers paradise.
If you are looking for waves, the local breaks are a closely guarded secret. If you are willing to work for it; eager surfers can get rewarded with epic conditions.
Watching the whales migrate north and south past Point Hicks never stops being awe-inspiring.
At Point Hicks we experience this twice a year. From April to early June the whales migrate north for warmer waters to calve off Queensland and in October and November the whales head past Point Hicks to Antarctica to feed.
Watching these huge mammals doesn't require much more than time and patience. You simply sit on your balcony and look out to sea or go up the lighthouse tower for a birds eye view.
Patience with reward you with sprays, splashing tails and the odd breach. The most common species of whales on the East Coast is the Humpback but Southern Right Whales are also common. Occasionally, Killer Whales are spotted in their pods rounding up prey and setting the seals into a panic. The Australian Furr Seals are a constant companion all year long with juvenile males congregating in a small colony before they return to Skerries at Wingan Inlet to challenge mature bulls for a mate.
Suitable for Group Holidays
With two cottages each accommodating eight people, a ‘sleep out’ with four bunks, plus the Bungalow suitable for a couple, Point Hicks can welcome groups of up to 22 people.
It is a place to get away from our busy daily lives, a central point to meet when coming together from Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne
Bird Watching Groups
Amateur bird-watchers and fully-fledged Twitchers will love this area. The variety of birds is huge.
Tawny Frogmouths watch from the Manna Gums in the evening, superb blue wrens parade around the cottages looking for a mate, resident white bellied sea-eagles ride the thermals above the bluffs and are seen daily. The endangered Hooded-Plover (image below)
has been spotted at the entrance of the Thurra River along with Pied Oyster Catchers and Pacific gulls. One group of bird watchers recorded 120 different bird species because huge variety of habitat in the area including the ecologically significant upland swamps, pristine estuaries and coastal banksia woodlands.
The walks in the area are suited to all abilities. They vary from 2 - 30 kilometres and include beaches, mountains, sand dune walks and the Wilderness Coastal Walk for serious hikers. Check with Parks Victoria for hiking permits for the Wilderness Coastal Walk and water availability. Short walks from the lighthouse include the Sledge Track to West Beach, SS Saros Shipwreck and Cape Everard
During Spring, wild flowers can be found throughout the area. There are 1000 plant species including 90 orchids
Many groups of artists visit and stay in the cottages. The lack of distractions, and the beautiful surrounds are inspirational.
Among our guests have been painters, photographers, felters, weavers and embroiderers.
Point Hicks is an excellent place to develop your skills in photography. The light, the shadows and the scenery help make this a photographers dream and it is true to say, that virtually every photo taken in the lighthouse itself – is a masterpiece. The proportions, contrast and colours makes for brilliant shots.
The fishing around the area is varied. You can fish the beaches for salmon, sailor, whiting and blue spotted flathead. The estuaries yield bream, dusky flathead and the highly sought after toadfish. A short drive will get you to Tamboon Inlet where a boat ramp enables angling from on the water. Canoes can by hired for use on the Mueller Inlet 4 km from the Lighthouse and 2 km from the Thurra Campground.
4 Wheel Driving Groups
Croajingalong has some amazing 4 wheel driving tracks, allowing you to drive from Point Hicks to Wigan Inlet. The track is sometimes impassable because of falling trees but Parks Victoria maintain the track periodically.