Tips for visiting Wilsons Promontory National Park

Tips for visiting Wilsons Promontory National Park

Tips for visiting Wilsons Promontory National Park

 

Wilsons Promontory National Park, or “The Prom”, is one of Australia’s awesome collection of national parks. It’s situated in Victoria, about 200 km southeast of Melbourne. The location is pretty special, as it’s on the southernmost tip of the Australian mainland, surrounded by sea on three sides. Together with the mountainous landscape, this makes for some amazing views.

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Practical information on Wilsons Promontory National Park

Wilsons Promontory National Park is quite big, and more than a 2 hour drive away from Melbourne. The best way to visit is probably by car, or even better, by campervan. There’s a campground in the park, if you plan on spending the night. We didn’t, which we ended up regretting. The Prom is overwhelmingly beautiful!

There’s no entrance fee, but when entering the park you have to stop at a kiosk for an obligatory visitor guide, which holds information on the park, its rules, and a small map. For even more information on the park and its attractions, visit the information point within in the park. You can ask the rangers anything you’d like to know, from where to go to what wear.

Hiking in Wilsons Promontory National Park

From where you enter Wilsons Promontory National Park, it’s a 30 km scenic drive to the Tidal River. That’s where the visitor parking, the campground, and the park information point are. We parked our campervan there and walked to the Tidal River Footbridge.

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You can pass the footbridge and walk all the way to the beach, or cross it for a short hike via the Tidal Overlook. That walking track forms a loop around a mountain, which took us about 2 hours to complete. This includes photo-stops at the various viewpoints and the search for a geocache. If you’re lucky you’ll see a wallaby or two during your hike! They were too fast for our camera though.

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Beaches in Wilsons Promontory National Park

We only visited one of The Prom’s beaches: Squeaky Beach, one you should definitely visit too. The visitor guide claims that the sand squeaks under your feet. We were as sceptical as you are, but to our surprise


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we were proven wrong. The sand really does squeak. Hurray! Not everyone was there for the squeaky sand though, there were a bunch of surfers as well.

Wildlife at Wilsons Promontory National Park

On our way out of The Prom, after that short stop at Squeaky Beach, we pulled over at the point where the Prom Wildlife Walk starts. Just when I thought this day couldn’t get any better (I loved that the sand really squeaked!), we saw our first kangaroos up close! Although there were only 5 of them, we were really stoked.

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Keep in mind kangaroos tend to sleep during the day and come out when it begins to darken. When we spotted them, it was around 18:00. Too bad it was too late for us to start the Prom Wildlife Walk, as we still had a 2 hour drive to Phillip Island ahead of us. We would recommend to do this hike though. Who knows how many kangaroos you’ll see!

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Don’t make the same mistake as we did, plan an entire day, preferably even a night at Wilsons Promontory National Park. The views are breathtaking! We only did one hike and a short stop at Squeaky Beach, but you can also go snorkeling, surfing, diving, and bird watching to name a few. It’s definitely one of our favourite national parks in the world! And we’ve seen quite a few.

What’s your favourite national park? We’d love to hear about it! Just leave a comment below.
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Birthe (Wandering the World) Vandermeeren

Hi there, I’m Birthe. Me and my boyfriend Brecht recently returned from a trip around the world, leaving us wanting to travel even more! Come and join us at http://wandering.world while we wander the world from our homebase in Belgium.

Comments

  1. Michele Peterson : October 14, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Squeaky Beach – how fun! It sounds as though there is lots to experience at Wilsons Promontory National Park

  2. Looks like a fun trip! Will have to file this away for our trip to Oz next year 🙂 Thanks!

  3. It looks like a great place to visit. Awesome pictures! Thank you for sharing. I’ve always dreamed of meeting a kangaroo.

  4. Guess I’m going to have to go back to Australia 😉 Thanks for sharing !

  5. I’d love to visit Australia! Wilson’s Promontory looks like a great place to visit. The wildlife is certainly different down there than it is up here when I explore the parks in the US 🙂

  6. Thank you for this article!
    I have been in Wilson Promontory when I lived in Australia and it was an amazing experience! I visited a lot of places and did a website about it with some articles 🙂

  7. Full of live colors, make me want be there, unfortunately missed this one last year when i was there in Australia… need to go back 😉

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