Wilsons Promontory: A Wild Wonderland
The Gippsland region in eastern Victoria is a diverse wonderland of pristine lakes, unspoilt beaches, lofty peaks and undulating valleys. Nestled in its southern corner is Wilsons Promontory National Park. Better known by locals as ‘The Prom’, this incredible destination boasts some of the most remote and striking landscapes in the state.
Covering a region of 50 000 hectares, the Wilson’s Promontory National Park is a nature-lover's paradise. Prepare yourself to be swept away by majestic vistas at every turn. There’s an abundance of activity options here for the adventure lover. The park is brimming with walking trails that will take you through verdant fern gullies and beneath towering tree ferns. You can hire canoes, swim, surf, bushwalk or simply take a stroll along remote beaches, discover rocky headlands or snorkel waters teeming with marine life.
Some of the more popular activities include the Lilly Pilly Gully Nature Walk through beautiful rainforest and eucalypt forest, the picturesque drive from Yanakie to Tidal River and a visit to Squeaky Beach, known for its pure white quartz sand. There’s a safe swimming beach along Tidal River at Norman Bay, which is a popular stop for families.
Wildlife is abundant in the region and you may be lucky enough to encounter it first-hand. Alternatively, a bird or wildlife tour will escort you to the best spots to discover fascinating creatures and national favourites including kangaroos, wombats, emus and scarlet-plumed rosellas.
Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park covers 70 km of coastline at the southern tip of the national park. Australian fur seals, a huge variety of fish, sea birds and whales are just some of the plentiful sea creatures of this region.
Anywhere along the coast of the National Park you’ll encounter striking rock formations, secluded coves and beautiful white sand beaches. Walk along soft white sands, investige giant granite boulders and crystal-clear rock pools. Snorkelling and diving are two fabulous ways to discover the ocean wonders firsthand. You may also see striking underwater cliffs and rock formations.
The best thing, aside from the outstanding natural beauty of the region, is that you’re able to stay over. There are easily accessible campsites around Tidal River, or for those looking for the ultimate adventure, eleven outstation campsites accessible only by an overnight hike. Expect to be rewarded with some of the most pristine wilderness in the country. Looking for something a little more comfortable? Then try one of the well-equipped contemporary cabins within the park confines.
Wilsons Promontory is an exciting destination that’s ideal for those looking for adventure and wanting to come face to face with the stunning natural beauty and incredible wildlife of this unique region. When you’re ready to experience Wilson Promontory for yourself, just book your tickets and pack your walking shoes!