Wilsons Promontory National Park is an unspoilt, ruggedly beautiful park at the southern most tip of the Australian mainland. Wilsons Prom is a must see for anyone visiting Melbourne, if you have a little time up your sleeve to leave the metro area. It is approximately a 2.5-3 hour drive from Melbourne. The ‘Prom’ was all that we had imagined. Animals large and small like koalas, wallabies, echidnas, lizards, emus and birds of lesser stature were plentiful. There was plenty of bird life like Crimson Rosellas, Yellow Tailed Cockatoos and Black Faced Cormorants which we spotted as well.
With the arrival at the mouth of Tidal River where it empties into Norman Bay, the scene changes to that of a thriving village. There are camping lots, flats, cottages and cabins for hire, serviced with fresh water, electricity, gas cooking appliances and the rest of the simple comforts a modern holiday maker will expect. Holiday on the Promontory can be lazy or active. For the less active there are tracks to nearby pleasant spots to the shallows of Tidal River for a swim, to Squeaky Beach on Leonard Bay, to Pillar Point for the entrancing vistas, to the shore of Oberon Bay or, in the warmth of a summer’s day, to just laze on the clean beach.
The highest peak is Mount LaTrobe, 750 metres above sea level. The most fun way to stay at the Prom is to camp. There is a great camp site with open fires, toilet facilities and BBQ. Go for the weekend and leave all your troubles when you leave the highway to wind through the hills to this beautiful place. It is beautiful, picturesque and tranquil, with walks among the granite mountains, great swimming beaches and a fantastic place for families to spend time together.
There are range of Wilsons Promontory walks tucked away down many different tracks. Keep an eye out for wallabies and emus as you weave through eucalypt forest and the southernmost temperate rainforests in Victoria. From a family-friendly nature walks to a more challenging hike, there’s a walk to suit everyone. A range of walking opportunities are available to day visitors of all ages and fitness levels, taking in pristine beaches, temperate rainforest, towering sand dunes or lookouts offering spectacular panoramic views. Plan carefully to ensure that you have enough daylight to complete these walks. Places to visit when going to Wilson’s prom:
- Waratah Bay
- Venus Bay, Inverloch
- Squeaky Beach
- Sandy Point
- Toora Wind Farm, Toora
- Agnes Falls, around Toora
There may be many other things to fill your day with, but the ones specified above are a must, you’ll just love it and will not be disappointed.