Wilsons Promontory, 3-hour drive from Melbourne, boasts around 480 campsites! But Tidal River Campground makes choosing a spot a whole lot easier.

Highlights

  • Mt Oberon lookout
  • Big drift sand dunes
  • Camping by Norman Beach

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.

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! In summer you must enter a ballot in June to land yourself a patch of ground at this campsite.

 

Tidal River Campground // Wilsons Promontory (VIC) Jack Brookes, hammock, trees, bush

 

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.

Wilsons Promontory National Park Camping

Wilsons Promontory – nicknamed ‘The Prom’ – consists of 505km² of National Park on the southernmost point of mainland Australia.

After camping at Tidal River for just short of a week we completely understood why the National Park is one of Victoria’s most loved places.

Boredom doesn’t exist in The Prom! To make the most of the beautiful April weather we spent our time surfing and swimming at Norman beach, kayaking the Tidal River, going on different bushwalks to incredible lookouts, and soaking in the beautiful scenery.

The views of the huge granite mountains, open forest, rainforest, and sweeping coastlines never grow old.

 

Tidal River Campground // Wilsons Promontory (VIC) Jack Brookes, feet, rock, view, seat, ocean, sky

 

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.

Essential Gear

  • Camping gear
  • Good shoes for bushwalking
  • Surfboard or kayak
  • Camera and gear

How To Get There

Type in Tidal River Campground into Google Maps. It’s roughly 200km from Melbourne so about a 3-hour drive.

Activities

Skill Level

Beginner

Distance Covered / Elevation Gain

During the week we completed many of the shorter walks around Wilsons Promontory.