Australia (Victoria): Wilsons Promontory National Park
Wilsons Promontory is the southernmost area in Australia (excluding Tasmania). The entire peninsula is a national park. Most of it is closed to car traffic. The main tourist centre is in the Tidal River and from here you can go trekking. You have several routes to choose from. From one-day to several-day ones, with the possibility of overnight camping.
How to get there?
The Wilsons Prom is located approximately 200 km south of Melbourne. So the fastest way is to rent a car and go there by car. But be careful! 200 km in Europe is about 2.5 hours of driving. Here it’s about 4 hours. Due to the speed limits, I recommend you to follow. The fines are very high !!!
Where to sleep?
The cheapest and best option is camping in Tidal River, but you need to book it in advance. Especially when you want to go for the weekend or during the holidays. Private accommodation is another option. However, all of them are located outside the Park, i.e. min. 30km from Tidal River. We, however, stayed in such a place. Right at the entrance to the park is the Prom View Farm. We had the whole cabin to ourselves. Two bedrooms, living room, kitchen and barbecue on the porch. The price per night is $ 50 / person. (with 5 people). We paid $ 250 for the whole house.
What to see if you have only 2 days:
- Mt Oberon – to get to the top you can either go on foot from the Tidal River or take a bus that will take you halfway to the top. You have about 45 minutes to walk from the bus parking lot to the top. The view from the top is amazing. It’s definitely worth a sweat.
Squeaky Beach – squeaky, because it squeaks when you walk on it, but basically there is nothing to get excited about because almost every beach in Europe has this: D However, it cannot be denied its charm. Interestingly, on the beach, you will find rock formations somewhat resembling those in the Maldives. So if you want to cheat your friends a little (those who know how the Maldives looks like, of course), this is a good place for a selfie: D
Lilly Pilly Gully Walk – is a loop that leads through the evergreen forest. The route is nice because it keeps going flat, and after some time you will enter wooden footbridges stretched over the streams. If you will be quiet, maybe you will be able to see some animals, but if not….
Prom Wildlife Walk – will ensure the abundance of animals. There are so many animals here that you can trip over them. They may not live here in the wild, because they are part of the research program, but despite everything, they are not in cages but running around us. Kangaroos, emus, wallabies, wombats and all kinds of birds.