Discover the area of Wilson's Promontory; abundant in green forests and rocky rivers, this coastal wilderness area is a labyrinth of walking tracks with native wildlife.
Just a couple of hours drive south from the city of Melbourne, at the southern tip of Australia, it's the perfect getaway for those seeking spectacular scenery, with plunging granite cliffs, lush forested valleys and sweeping coastlines. It’s no surprise that the “Prom” as it’s affectionately known, is one of Victoria’s best loved places. Having been a National Park since 1898, The Promontory contains the largest coastal wilderness area in Victoria and interestingly during World War II, the Park was closed to the public, as it was used as a commando training ground.
On holidays to Wilson’s Promontory you can hit the great outdoors for some excellent bushwalks, which can be undertaken in less than an hour, or for the more experienced walker – over three days. There’s a wide variety of accommodation styles to suit everyone, from camping under canvas, in a caravan or huts, cabins, wilderness retreats and lodges at Tidal River where there is also a general store and take-away food shop for all your holiday essentials. Tidal River is 30 kilometres south of boundary to the park and is where most of the tourist and recreation attractions lie.
Things to do in Wilson's Promontory
Take a trip to see Wilsons Promontory Light station, which is perched on a small peninsula that’s juts into the seas of Bass Strait. Keen divers should take note of the great diving opportunities available in the waters surrounding the Prom. The waters are protected as a marine national park and marine park. If you don’t want to snorkel or dive, you can take out a canoe to see more of the park or just take a paddle out in the water among the rock pools formed by granite boulders at many of the beaches here.
There are several beautiful beaches to enjoy on the west coast of the Prom. The sandy beach on Tidal River at Norman Bay is great for swimming and surfing, and suitable for both adults and children. However there are many that not suitable for swimming. Squeaky Beach (so named due to the rounded grains of quartz sand that ’squeak’ when you walk on them) has a strong undertow, a rip and a steep, sandy bottom and the swell of the oceans waves crashing on the rocky shorelines can be a hazard. It’s a beautiful sight, but we recommend taking care when here.
Take the family to Coal Creek, open Thursday to Monday, this attraction showcases the history of Korumburra, once home to a thriving coal industry and now like stepping back to a bygone era. The original black coal mine is now a community park and Coal Creek is a popular picnic and relaxation spot in additional to being a great venue for entertainment and being of historical importance.
With abundant attractions on land and sea; scenic drives and hikes; museums and galleries and much more, it’s easy to see why Wilson’s Promontory is such a popular holiday destination.