Wilson’s Promontory – nicknamed ‘The Prom’ – is one of Victoria’s most loved places, and after visiting it is no wonder why. The 505 square kilometers of national park is the southernmost point of mainland Australia and we pulled up on one the 480 campsites for just short of a week.
You can only enter Wilson’s Promontory by one road, winding through the valley, observing the mountains and getting glimpses of the beautiful coastline before reaching the Tidal River campground at the end of the park.
Boredom doesn’t exist in Wilson’s Promontory and with beautiful April weather we spent our time, surfing and swimming in Norman Beach, kayaking the Tidal River, taking on different bushwalks to incredible lookouts and soaking in the beautiful scenery of huge granite mountains, open forest, rainforest and sweeping coastlines. If you can’t fit it all in or don’t know where to start, trekking up Mt Oberon and visiting the Big Drift sand dunes are a must.
Being outside of school holidays, we had our pick of the unpowered campsites just over the dune from Norman Beach. This is rarely the case as in summer you must enter a ballot in June to land yourself a patch of ground in the campground. It’s not often you get a national park with facilities like these, you could consider it glamping, with toilet blocks containing; showers; power points; phone charging lockers; washing machines and the luxury of a porcelain toilet.
If you want the extra support, a local company Good Times Tours runs all-inclusive camping tours, so definitely worth checking out.
- Camping gear
- Good shoes for bushwalking
- Surfboard or Kayak
- Camera and gear
How To Get There
About 200kms from Melbourne, it’s a two-and-a-half-hour drive south east
Distance Covered / Elevation Gain
During the week we completed many of the shorter walks around Wilson’s Promontory.