Wilsons Promontory National Park
Wilsons Promontory National Park is a popular and highly rated day trip and considered one of the most spectacular places to visit in Victoria. Affectionately know as "the Prom", the entire 505 sq km area is designated national park and looked after by Parks Victoria. The peninsula extending out into the ocean is the southernmost point of mainland Australia and is characterised by rugged mountains, pristine beaches and an abundance of unique wildlife.
Wilsons Prom is known as Yiruk and Wamoon by the Aboriginal people who inhabited the area. It's thought that the Koori people inhabited the Prom as far back as 6500 years before European arrivals and it still holds spiritual importance to those communities today.
Whilst summer is the most popular time to visit the Prom, it is definately a year round destination, especially for those wanting to avoid the peak season crowds.
The main entrance to the national park is open from 8:00am - 5:00pm daily. Entry is free - note day visitors need to lave the park before 5pm
Open 9:00am - 4:00pm daily. Park rangers are available to answer any questions and you can pick up brochures and maps of the national park here.
Tidal River is the main hub of the national park - approximately 30 min drive beyond the entrance gate (on th ewest coast of the peninsula).
Best Things To Do At The Prom
Explore a range of Wilsons Promontory walks tucked away down many different tracks. Keep an eye out for wallabies and emus as you weave through heathland, eucalypt forest and the southernmost temperate rainforsets in Victoria. Walks range from easy to more challanging hikes. A full list of day walks and updated visitor information is available from Parks Vic.
Norman Beach is accessed from Tidal River. This is the easiest beach to reach and is quite a long stretch of sand.
Squaeky Beach is just 300m from the carpark and is the most popular of all the beaches. This iconic beach is named for the white sand which is so soft that it 'squeaks' as you walk.
Picnic Bay has great rock pools to explore and is just 400m walk from the car park.
Whiskey Bay is a sheltered beach just around from Picnic Bay.
The Big Drift
The Big Drift is an incredible area of extensive sand dunes that tower above the coastline in the northern end of the Prom. There is a 2km trail that takes you from the Stockyard campground to the dunes.
For those looking to explore Wilsons Prom further we highly recommend reading A Complete Guide to Wilsons Prom National Park and The Ultimate Guide to Wilsons Promontory Natioanl Park.