Walking Since 1939

Cape Woolamai Coastal Hike Sunset Photography


NOTE: Please read the sections Should you Participate, Social Distancing and Good Hygiene and Transport before booking into this walk.


Walk Description

Distance: 8.5km

This hike is for interested landscape photographers, therefore the hike will have long stops and therefore will be fairly long in terms of times; it also involves complex hiking at some points to access good photography points, so please bare this in mind if you are a non-photographer attending. Also, noting that this hike will involve sunset, so you will need to have a working headlight and sturdy hiking boots to attend (I cannot allow you to attend this hike without sturdy boots as the water can make the rocks slippery and the path down and back up is also tough, sorry!) Safety always comes first.


We will start this circuit hike clockwise from the Cape Woolamai carpark and walk towards the Old Granite Quarry (stop 1). From there, we will proceed to the Lookout Point (stop 2) and then The Beacon (stop 3). After this, we will walk to The Pinnacles (stop 4) where we will take some sunset photos of this incredible view. Noting that getting down is steep (and also getting back up) so you will absolutely need hiking shoes/boots. If you don’t want to go down, you can stay up and take photographs from above. As we proceed back to the carpark, it will obviously be getting dark and the walk back to the carpark is about 1 hour and it will involve walking along the beach when it is dark, so we will need to take care, but it will stay low-tide (there is an alternative route if there are issues but it may take a little longer).


I am going schedule the stop times to ensure that we reach the Pinnacles at the right time, and we need to follow it strictly.


Depart from carpark – 3.30pm

Arrive back at carpark – around 9.00pm


You have a chance to visit the Penguins on Phillip Island if you want at your own time


We will keep an eye out on low-tides to ensure that we can access the Pinnacles
(https://tides.willyweather.com.au/vic/gippsland/cape-woolamai.html) which, at the moment, shows that low tide is at 7.51pm and sunset will be at 8.20pm
(https://sunrisesunset.willyweather.com.au/vic/gippsland/cape-woolamai.html ).

If there are any problems/changes with tides, we need to be flexible and I will decide yes or no in the afternoon. I also recommend that you do your research about the hike in advance so you have a good idea of what you are getting yourself into!


Should you Participate?

We need to follow all state government guidelines regarding COVID-19, hence if you are required to be in quarantine or isolation, live in a restricted postcode (if and when designated by state government) or are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms including the following, you should NOT be doing this walk:

  • Loss or change in sense of smell or taste
  • Fever
  • Chills or sweats
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • In certain circumstances headache, muscle soreness, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea may also be considered.

If you or anyone in your household feels sick in any way, please cancel. If you become unwell during the walk please notify your Leader immediately.

If you are in a high risk category, including being elderly or having a pre-existing medical condition, you should consider carefully whether you participate as the Club will accept no liability if you choose to participate.

Refer also to the Victoria state government Coronavirus page


Social Distancing and Good Hygiene

Before, during and after the walk, please practice social distancing and good hygiene to minimise the risk of infection:

• Carry a mask and wear it when required by the state government.

• Maintain a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and other walkers.
• Do not share food / water / equipment, or shake hands.
• Use tissues and do not dispose of these in the bush. Carry a plastic bag for disposing of tissues.
• Cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow.
• Wash hands or use sanitiser after contact with shared surfaces, e.g. gates, fences, benches, petrol pumps.

If you are not able to practice good hygiene your Leader will ask you to leave the walk.



Transport to and from the walk location is by car. Please indicate your transport requirements and preferences on the booking request form when you book in.

If you don’t have a car, we can’t guarantee to provide you with a lift – this will depend on available drivers and their locations.

Drivers can choose whether they wish to take passengers or not. To maintain physical distancing, it is recommended you take no more than 1 passenger, unless you are taking family members or persons from your household.

For drivers who agree to accept a passenger, the Victorian State Government guidelines during Victoria’s CovidSafe Summer restrictions are:

You can have passengers in your car. Where possible:

  • your passenger should sit in the back seat in order to maintain physical distancing 
  • all passengers should wear a fitted face mask in the car unless you have a lawful exemption
  • increase ventilation in the vehicle by opening windows wherever possible. Avoid having air-conditioning on recirculate
  • high touch surfaces in the vehicle should be cleaned and disinfected regularly.


Passengers must pay the driver their share of car-pooling costs as described on the Car-pooling page. Please bring cash for this purpose.



Booking is  required for this walk.   The Leader will confirm your acceptance on the walk, or not, via email.  The leader will provide details of where and when to meet.
If you need to cancel, please advise the leader as soon as possible, so that someone else has the opportunity.

Booking Fee:
Members: free.     Non-members: $7.

To avoid handling cash, non-members are required to pre-pay their booking fee.
Unless there are exceptional circumstances (e.g. you need to cancel because you are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms), there will be no refunds.
So please do not book unless you are fully committed to walking.
Payment by Paypal or card is the quickest method, but if you choose to pay by EFT please follow the instruction to email the Treasurer with your payment details.


What to bring

• Head Torch
• Hand Sanitiser
• Face Mask
• Day pack
• Sufficient water (2 litres, more on hot summer days)
• Lunch and snacks
• Hat, sun screen
• Suitable outdoor clothing (no jeans/sneakers!)
• Rainwear & warm jacket
• Proper walking shoes/boots

Refer to our Gear Checklist page for more details.   If you are not properly equipped, the walk leader can decide not to let you participate on this walk.


Still have questions?

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Contact the leader using the “Enquiry” button.

Activity Date(s)


February 20, 2021 3:30 pm


February 20, 2021 9:00 pm







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