The Big Drift in Wilsons Promontory National Park will satisfy your escapism fantasies… Shoot the Jurassic-like sand dunes and star-filled sky for epic photos.


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

Getting to The Big Drift

We drove down to Wilsons Prom from Melbourne which is a 2.5-hour drive. On arrival, we packed all our gear ready to hike to the Big Drift. We had a 40min hike from where we were staying.

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 an occasional emu.

Once we reached the Big Drift, our eyes were blown away by the amazing landscapes of the sand dunes. It’s smart to drop a marker, like we did, to remember where the entry is as we didn’t plan on leaving before sundown.

Looking for a campsite in Wilsons Prom? Check out Tidal River Campground


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Exploring the Sand Dunes

Walking through the Big Drift landscape makes you feel like you are in another country or another world. The dunes rise up and down for 100s of metres making you feel so small!

After taking some shots during the sunset, we set up a little spot to watch the sky fade from the soft pinks and purples to the darkness of the night sky. The landscape is like nothing you have seen in Victoria and honestly reminded me of the movie Jurassic Park.

We set up our cameras for some epic astrophotography after night had fully set in and there was no light pollution around. Once we got 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.


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Essential Gear

  • Tent (if staying overnight)
  • Head torch
  • Warm clothes (for the night)
  • Camera
  • Suitable shoes for long walking

How To Get There

Head to Stockyard Camp and follow the tracks from there.


Distance Covered

About 5.8km