Wilsons Promontory – the southernmost tip of mainland Australia

Tidal River, Wilsons Promontory National Park - Image Joy O’Neill
Tidal River, Wilsons Promontory National Park - Image Joy O’Neill

Known as “The Prom”, the much loved Wilsons Promontory National Park includes 70 km of coastline and 50 000 hectares. In fact, it is Victoria’s largest coastal wilderness area and largest marine national park. The unique peninsula has huge granite headlands, sweeping beaches, spectacular rock formations, fern gullies with open forested areas.

Bushwalks include under an hour to three day treks. Diving is also a popular pastime here.

Wilsons Promontory National Park - Image Joy O’Neill
Tidal River, Wilsons Promontory National Park - Image Joy O’Neill

Tidal River

Visitors can camp, caravan or stay in huts, cabins, wilderness retreats or lodges at Tidal River where there is a general store and take-away food shop. Tidal River is a further 30 minutes drive from the entrance.

This national park campground has a 21 day limit, and is suitable for all vehicles, including Big Rigs. There are powered sites, amenities, mobile coverage, BBQ, picnic tables and boat ramp. No pets are permitted and there is a day access fee, it is not budget priced.

Choose a campsite in the tea trees for a short walk to Norman Beach or a family friendly site closer to the calmer waters of Tidal River. There are 484 camping and caravan sites

This is the most popular and well-equipped camping ground in Wilsons Prom, so advanced bookings are required in peak periods with minimum stays and there is a summer ballot.

Oberon Bay Wilsons Promontory by Joy O'Neill
Oberon Bay Wilsons Promontory by Joy O'Neill

The Stockyards 

At the entrance to the national park, the Stockyards provide bush camping facilities in a pleasant woodland setting.

There are 20 unpowered campsites are available for a maximum of six people per site. Toilet and shower facilities, rubbish bins, picnic tables and a rotunda are provided. The rotunda and showers are for use by camping permit holders only. Use of the fire place in the rotunda is not permitted. Camping equipment, vehicles and trailers must not block road access or damage vegetation.

Water supply at the Stockyards is limited and untreated. Visitors are advised to bring their own water, or treat water safe for drinking.

The Lightstation - Wilsons Promontory by Joy O'Neill
The Lightstation - Wilsons Promontory by Joy O'Neill

The Light Station 

Wilsons Promontory Lightstation is perched on a small rugged peninsula jutting into the wild seas of Bass Strait. Accommodation is self-contained dormitory style or private cabin accommodation. Only available for hikers, the Light Station can only be reached on foot (minimum 19.1km one way). The walk is challenging (5-6 hours), requiring a high level of fitness.

South East Cape, Wilsons Promontory by Joy O'Neill 
South East Cape, Wilsons Promontory by Joy O'Neill 

Joy said, “We walked out to the Lightstation, stayed there one night then hiked back – about 48kms round trip! But worth every step.”

Lightstation - Wilsons Promontory by Joy O'Neill
Lightstation - Wilsons Promontory by Joy O'Neill

Images by Joy O’Neill 

Tidal Outlook Walk and Point Pillar Wilsons Promontory by Joy O'Neill
Tidal Outlook Walk and Point Pillar Wilsons Promontory by Joy O'Neill

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Looking back down onto Waterloo Bay, Wilsons Promontory - Image Joy O’Neill
Looking back down onto Waterloo Bay, Wilsons Promontory - Image Joy O’Neill
Oberon Bay Wilsons Promontory by Joy O'Neill
Oberon Bay Wilsons Promontory by Joy O'Neill

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