The Perfect Day at Wilsons Promontory
A perfect camping road trip in Victoria, Australia should include Wilsons Promontory National Park as a top destination. Situated three hours southeast of Melbourne, Wilsons Promontory – or “the Prom” - is a protected wildlife and natural haven located at the southern-most tip of mainland Australia. It is no surprise that the park is a popular holiday destination - for domestic and international tourists alike - to escape into nature. Spanning 50,460 hectares, Wilsons Promontory National Park packs in a diverse array of scenery and activities to enjoy. You can laze on one of the many pristine beaches, swim in the shallow waters of Tidal River, take an easy stroll through the rainforest, breathe in marvellous coastal views, or even go on intense multi-day treks. Wilsons Promontory has been a national park since 1898, but an important spiritual place for Aboriginal groups for thousands of years and a habitat to native fauna for even longer. CamperMate has been a great source of information on this trip and recommended some awesome spots. Nothing gets better than ‘interesting tips’ shared by like-minded travellers, when on the road!
Planning Your Day at Wilsons PromontoryTake advantage of the day by arriving early. Go through the ticket booth to pick up a map and information. It is free to enter, but daytrippers must leave the park before dark. Although there is a general store with basic supplies in the park, there aren’t any service stations, so be sure to have enough petrol to last you the day. CamperMate app will point you to the nearest service stations, so keep it handy. To protect the natural environment, there is only one road leading down into the park. It may be tempting to take in the scenic views along the curvy drive, but stay alert as wildlife may cross your path. A few lookouts dot the road, so park your campervan to take postcard-worthy photos. Do keep your eyes glued because it is difficult to turn around if missed.There is an overwhelming number of things to do in Wilsons Promontory, but the following is a curated itinerary to pack in as much as possible in one day.
Mt. BishopEnergise your day with a heart-pumping walk to the Mt. Bishop summit. From the entrance, drive about 30km to the Lilly Pilly Gully carpark. Follow the nature walk (we spotted an echidna here!) and branch off to the left and climb to the summit of Mt. Bishop for some magnificent coastal views. The track takes about two hours return. If you have the energy, descend and continue on the Lilly Pilly Gully circuit loop that traverses through the shady rainforest.
Tidal RiverMost daytrippers park their campervans and base here for the day. Use the picnic and barbeque facilities for lunch before lazing at the picture-esque Norman Beach. Once you’re well-rested, do a few of the many walks from Tidal River such as the accessible Loo-Errn track or trails leading to Pillar Point or Tidal Overlook. Check out the Visitors Centre for information and souvenirs.
Squeaky BeachOut of the handful of sandy beaches, Squeaky Beach is perhaps the most iconic. The white quartz sand squeaks under your feet, hence the appropriate name. From the Tidal River footbridge, walk the trail that hugs the spectacular coastline for about 2km. Conversely, drive and park at the Squeaky Beach carpark. If you are eager to explore more beaches, walking tracks continue to Picnic Bay and Whisky Bay.
Mt. Oberon SummitHop into your campervan and drive 10 minutes to the Telegraph Saddle car park. Enjoy the lookouts before walking 3.4km up to the summit of Mt. Oberon. The back-and-forth gravel trail up isn’t particularly scenic, but the awe-inspiring panoramic views the endless coast and waters are worth the effort. Though you may be sweating on the way up, bring a jacket because the top can get windy!
Prom Wildlife WalkEnd your day trip at dusk with some kangaroos, wombats, emus, and wallabies. How Australian can you get? The easy 2.3km return walk is located in the northern part of the park. As with everywhere in Australia, keep a safe distance from the animals and do not feed them.