A trip out to the Big Drift in Wilsons Promontory National Park will satisfy your escapism fantasies…


  • Wilsons Prom and all its splendour
  • Mindblowing sand dunes at The Big Drift
  • Amazing photography and astrophotography opportunities

The Lowdown

We drove down to Wilsons Prom from Melbourne which is a 2.5 hour drive. On arrival, we packed all our gear and made sure we had everything as the hike was 40min to our destination. The hike is fairly easy as a clearing path has been guided out for you.

Along the way, you can expect to see kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and occasionally emu. Once we reached our destination (The Big Drift) our eyes were shot open at the amazing landscapes that the sand dunes provide. We dropped a marker to remember where we entered from, as we wouldn’t be leaving before sundown.

Sam Perkins Big Drift Wilsons Promontory National Park Victoria Sand dunes

Walking through this landscape makes you feel like you are in another country or yet another world. The dunes rise up and down for 100s of metres making you feel so small in such a big place. After taking some shots during the sunset we then set up a little spot to watch the sky fade from the soft pink and purples to the night sky. The landscape is like nothing you have seen in Victoria and quite reminds me of the movie Jurassic Park.

After night had fully set in and there was no light pollution around we set up our cameras for some epic astrophotography. Once we had gotten our shots we took a moment to take in the amazing surroundings and atmosphere of the place we were in. I highly recommend going out and experiencing this place for yourself as photos hardly do justice to the amazing landscapes the Prom has to offer.

Sam Perkins Big Drift Wilsons Promontory National Park Victoria Sand dunes stargazing stars astrophotography

Essential Gear

  • Tent (if staying over night)
  • Head torch
  • Warm cloths (for night)
  • Camera
  • Suitable shoes for long walking

How To Get There

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  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Camping
  • Photography

Distance Covered

5.8km walked


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