Wilsons Promontory National Park is situated 200 kilometers from Melbourne and covers 50,000 hectares of nature. Discover lonely beaches, diverse forests, swamp lands, and breathtaking mountains with even more breathtaking views. Here are the things you should not miss!
How to get to Wilson’s Promontory
To get to Wilsons Promontory National Park, you have two options: by car or with an organised tour.
From Melbourne, you are travelling by car for about 2 hours and 50 minutes.
Follow the M1 towards South Gippsland (A440). Take the exit Korumburra, Leongatha and Meeniyan.
After Meeniyan you turn right and follow the C444 to Fish Creek. Then turn right again to stay on Meeniyan Promontory. When you’re in the park, drive another 25 minutes to the Tidal River Campground.
With a bus tour
With a guided bus tour from Melbourne, you can sit down and relax.
For example, Bunyip Tours offers great day trips to Wilson’s Promontory National Park.
The tour starts in the early morning in Melbourne and ends in the evening. Your guide will take you to great places and you go bird watching or swimming.
Wilson’s Promontory National Park – Overnight
Most tourist accommodations are located in the Tidal River area. There are 484 different camping sites near the beach and river.
The camp facilities include modern sanitary facilities with toilets, hot showers, laundry facilities, dishwashers, and picnic areas with free drill facilities.
An information point informs about walks and activities in and around the park. The center is open daily from 8:30 to 16:00.
Good to know: Campsites in Tidal River should be booked in advance – especially in peak season. In low season, it’s first in, first served.
The most stunning beaches
Norman Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the park. It is ideal for swimming and surfing and is located directly on the campsite Tidal River.
Whiskey Beach is a small, sheltered beach with great rock formations. The beach is easily accessible. From the car park, follow a wet canyon along Whiskey Creek before the path leads over a sand dune to the beach. The observation platform offers spectacular views of the coast.
Distance: 700 m
Duration: 20 minutes
The trail to Squeaky Beach starts at the information centre in Tidal River. A boardwalk leads through the Melaluca forest to the river. There you can go fishing or observe numerous birds. The main path leads down to Squeaky Beach. When walking on the beach you hear all kinds of squeaky noises – hence the name Squeaky Beach.
Distance: 2.1 km
Duration: 50 minutes
On this hike, you have a breathtaking 360° view of the entire park. It starts at the car park Mont Oberon. Follow the stairs to the rocky outcrops on the top of the mountain. After about 1 hour uphill you will be rewarded with a breathtaking panoramic view. From here you can see the Tidal River, the beautiful beaches and the islands off Promontory. Take a jumper or cardigan with you. Even in the summer months it can be quite windy and cool up there.
Distance: 6km round trip
Time: 2 hours
Lilly Pilly Gully
On this route, you can observe kangaroos, wallabies, emus, and wombats.
The trail starts at the parking lot Lilly Billy. The pedestrian bridge over the Tidal River offers a beautiful view. The path leads through beautiful eucalyptus forests.
Distance: 6 km
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Sealers Cove is one of the most popular walking routes in Wilson’s Promontory National Park. It leads to a picturesque, circular bay with turquoise waters, golden sand, and a shady campsite.
Distance: 9.5 km
Duration: 3 hours
You find more hiking trails on the official website of Wilsons Promontory National Park
Updated on the 24/11/19. Initially published 03/01/19.