Looking out from Wirrega's picture windows across Waratah Bay to Wilsons Promontory is like sitting in front of a giant television screen.
'The Prom', the most southerly tip of the Australian mainland, presents an ever-changing panorama.
The peninsula and its offshore islands stand out in sharp relief one moment, then disappear like magic behind a cloak of cloud the next.
Rustic charm with a touch of luxury
The entire area is a haven for wildlife. Birds of all kinds nest in the area. A wilderness camp is Wirrega's nearest neighbour, which means koalas, possums and wallabies wander across the boundaries at will, and a shady bank amongst the tea-tree thicket fringing the beach has earned the nickname Wombat Haven for reasons that soon become apparent!
The shoreline below Wirrega (the boundary is a mere 100m from the water’s edge at high tide) is a beachcombers' paradise. Volcanic activity aeons ago has created caves and fissures that cry out to be explored, and rocky outcrops that demand to be climbed. There are rock pools of every shape and size – some no larger than a teacup, others big enough to swim in. And along the high tide mark are masses of beautiful shells.
Little sandy inlets mean you can enjoy the luxury of your own private beach, though at most times of the year the foreshore is virtually deserted.
Not far along the coastline, at Walkerville, are the ruins of lime kilns dating back to the 1880s. Stories abound of how the lime-burners occupied their spare time panning for gold, and 'traces' can still be found today. Other places of interest include the Cape Liptrap lighthouse and the Bald Hills Wetland Reserve.
While visiting the area, we recommend Gippsland Food Adventures for food, winery and general district tours.