Wilsons Promontory National Park is located some 200km southeast of Melbourne. This magnificent wilderness park, virtually surrounded by water, is definitely amongst the best Australia has to offer. The scenery is spectacular to say the least.
, as alternatively referred to, is situated at the southern-most point of the Australian mainland and is blessed with exquisite beaches and postcard views. It is a bushwalker’s paradise with over 30 walking trails ranging from difficult overnight hikes through the mountains to short, easy beach and lookout walks. There is so much ground to cover on the many bushwalking tracks, you could spend days, even weeks here. Several of the main attractions can easily be discovered in a day or two.
The park entrance is about 6km south of Yanakie, via Foster Promontory Rd. A manned entry station is located here and detailed maps and information is provided covering park walks and routes. Day entry to the park is free, however overnight and extended visitors must pay.
Whiskey Bay offers the first breathtaking views as the coastline nears. The roadside views are stunning and suggest a taste of the raw beauty yet to come. Alternatively there is an easy 300m walk from the carpark to the bay.
Squeaky Beach is one of two of Wilsons Promontory’s most striking and most frequented beaches. Flanked by splendid headlands, the squeaky sands and brilliant blue water make a tranquil setting where you can stroll along the shores or frolick in the ocean and appreciate this glorious national park. Better yet it is only a 300m walk from the carpark.
is undoubtedly the park’s most popular patch of sand. Bordered by Norman Point and Mt Oberon this beach is just superb. The northern end has a permanent Tidal River which changes depth with the tide. This unbelievably scenic utopia is simply breathtaking and up with the top beaches of the country.
An enormous camp ground is located at Tidal River/Norman Beach offering over 480 camp sites and cabins. Booking in advance is highly recommended for school holidays and long weekends due to the high demand in this popular park. Tidal River also operates a Visitor Centre, general store, takeaway café, fuel supplies and shuttle bus to the Telegraph Saddle Carpark where the popular Mt Oberon walk and longer hikes depart from.
Mt Oberon Summit Walk
is a 3.4km moderately difficult walk (one way) and gradual climb to the summit. During the springtime there is an abundance of native wildflowers of an array of colours bursting from the sidelines of the track. The physically demanding walk to the summit is absolutely worth it when the panorama is unveiled. The mesmerizing picture perfect views of the coastline will remain embedded in your memory forever.
Please take note that the Telegraph Saddle Carpark is closed during busy periods such as school and public holidays to avoid carpark chaos. A shuttle bus operates to and from the Tidal River/Norman Beach Visitor Centre regularly and a timetable is posted out the front. The shuttle bus also operates every weekend between Melbourne Cup (November) and Easter (March/April).
Wilsons Promontory is undoubtedly one of the most scenic coastal national parks in the country offering something for everyone. Whether it be setting up camp for a week and relaxing on the beach, or hiking overnight for 20km in the wilderness, the scale of adventure tips either way, or find a medium and enjoy a bit of both. The Prom promises to impress.
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