Wilsons Promontory – nicknamed ‘The Prom’ – consists of 505km² of national park on the southernmost point of mainland Australia. It also boasts around 480 campsites dotted along the beach and river at the Tidal River Campground which, if you like your wilderness experience wrapped in a few creature comforts, could be just the spot for you.
- Mt Oberon lookout
- Big Drift sand dunes
- Camping by Norman Beach
Camping On Wilsons Promontory
After camping on Wilson’s Promontory for just short of a week we completely understood why it’s one of Victoria’s most loved places.
Boredom doesn’t exist in The Prom 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.
National Park Glamping At Tidal River Campground
You can only enter Wilsons 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.
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 campsite.
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, which are definitely worth checking out.
- Camping gear
- Good shoes for bushwalking
- Surfboard or Kayak
- Camera and gear
How To Get There
About 200km from Melbourne, it’s a 3 hour drive south east.
Distance Covered / Elevation Gain
During the week we completed many of the shorter walks around Wilsons Promontory.