Wilsons Promontory is the perfect escape for those wanting to immerse themselves in the best of Australia’s nature. The park is just a three hour drive from Melbourne, and is full of incredible things to do. Experience beautiful beaches, hike tranquil bush tracks and get up close and personal with the local wildlife.
The park really has something for everyone and is one of our favourite places in Victoria!
Here is a list of the best things to do in Wilsons Prom to help you make the most of your trip.
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The top things to do in Wilsons Promontory
The Big Drift
The Big Drift is an expansive array of sand dunes that will make you feel as though you’ve been transported out of Victoria and into the Morrocan desert. The dunes are located at the beginning of Wilsons Promontory, a short 30 minute walk from the Stockyard campground. The walk is mostly through farmlands, with the last few minutes being a steep uphill climb. You could easily spend a couple of hours wandering around the other-worldly landscape. Be sure to note what section of the dunes the path enters onto. After a while of walking through the dunes we got thoroughly confused and spent way too long trying to find the path again, whoops!
Mount Oberon Summit
Hike to the summit of Mount Oberon and be rewarded with stunning 360 degree views of the Prom. The summit looks out onto the glistening waters of Little Oberon Bay, Norman Bay, Leonard Bay, Picnic Bay and Whiskey Bay. The track starts at the Telegraph Saddle carpark, and wraps steadily up and around the mountain. The walk is steep but will only take around an hour, with the way back down being much quicker. The view at the top is well worth the steep climb, especially if you make it up for sunset. This hike is one of our favourite hikes in Victoria.
Meet the local wildlife
There is an abundance of native wildlife life that roams freely around the Prom. It’s common to spot wallabies, wombats, echidnas, emus and various birds. We had a couple of wombats wander around outside of our hut, as well as a friendly rosella that perched itself on our car door whilst we packed up!
Stay Overnight at the Lighthouse
Accessible only via a 19km hike, staying overnight at the light station offers willing hikers a unique way to experience the Prom. There are three cottages available to be booked, which come with a shared kitchen. The hike leaves from the Telegraph Saddle Carpark, and you can opt for either a coastal or inland route.
Wilsons Prom is blessed with a huge number of stunning beaches. Driving along the coast and stopping at each beach along the way is the perfect way to spend a few hours. During Winter we had every beach pretty much to ourselves, however the carparks can get busy in summer so consider walking from the campground. We loved exploring the giant boulders and rock pools at squeaky beach, and catching the sunset at Normans Beach. Other beaches to explore include Whiskey Beach, Picnic Bay and Five Mile Beach. Each beach is beautiful and unique, so you really can’t go wrong wherever you stop.
Where to stay
The Tidal River campground is the main campground at the Prom. It offers a range of accommodation including camp sites, cabins and wilderness retreats. We stayed in one of the huts, which has two bunk beds, a kitchenette and a heater. The room stayed super warm during winter and we loved being able to cook our own meals. We thought it was the perfect budget option, especially if you’re not a fan of camping.
If you want to stay away from busy Tidal River, but still want to be in the National park, then check out the Stockyard Campground. It is located right at the beginning of the Promontory, giving you easy access to the dunes.
Learn more about the accomodation options here.
The other alternative is stay outside of the National Park in one of the neighbouring towns and drive in each day. Whilst this option is good if you’re not a fan of campgrounds, we definitely recommend staying in the park to really get the most out of your experience.
- The park gets extremely busy during summer. The accommodation at the campground is by ballot from Christmas to the end of January.
- The Prom only has one small general store, so make sure you bring sufficient supplies for your stay.
- Keep all of your food locked up- the wombats love to get into whatever food they can!
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