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Wilsons Promontory is a national park located in the state of Victoria, Australia, occupying the southernmost tip of the Australian mainland. It is one of Victoria's most popular national parks, usually referred to simply as "The Prom". A selection of great beaches are on offer, some easily reached, others requiring a decent hike. It is a great place to get close to Australia's native flora and fauna.
Wilsons Promontory is a peninsula at Australia's southernmost point. The national park covers an area of over 50,000 hectares and includes 130 kilometres of coastline.
There are no real towns in Wilsons Prom. The only settlement is Tidal River, which is really more of a campsite. It does however have a general store and post office.
There are numerous walks to choose from at the Prom, ranging from easy 30-minute strolls to hikes involving overnight stays. If you are planning an overnight hike, be aware that a permit is required. There are guidebooks available from the Information Centre at Tidal River that have more detail on the many walks possible at the Prom.
Some popular shorter walks are listed below:
Like much of the southern coast of Victoria, the weather here is relatively mild. Summers from December to March are by far the best time for a visit with temperatures mostly in the 20's Celcius, but occassionally into the 30s. Winters from June to August have mild but sometimes wet weather and can feel like fall, with rain and strong winds possible. If you want to avoid crowds, the shoulder months of October/November and April/May are fine.
You can catch the train to Dandenong or Cranbourne from Melbourne. From there, you will need to catch a couple of buses.
It is a 200km drive from Melbourne to the Prom. Get on the South Gippsland Highway, turn south at Meeniyan and Fish Creek (or Foster). The trip takes about 3 hours.
There is a bus from Fish Creek (via Foster) to Tidal River each Friday afternoon and a return bus on Sunday afternoon. Foster can be reached by VLine coach from the outlying suburb of Dandenong in Melbourne.
There are some roads leading towards the Wilsons Promontory.
Tidal River has close to 500 campsites. During the busiest summer period (from the week before Christmas until the end of January), these spots are so popular that a public ballot takes place to decide who will be allowed to stay. During other times of the year, pre-booking is possible up to 12 months in advance by ringing 13 19 63.
Aside from the campsites, there are also a selection of cabins and lodges available. Again, pre-booking is highly recommended as these are also very popular.
The Wilsons Prom Lighthouse has 3 cottages available that can also be booked, sleeping between 8 and 12 people. To reach the lighthouse you need to walk for 20km walk through rainforest, scrub and beaches, so reasonable fitness is required. Bookings are a must - 13 19 63.
Visit the Parks Victoria website for more information.
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