The (Secret) Best Time to Visit Wilsons Promontory National Park

Friday 31 May, 2024

Victoria's Wilsons Promontory National Park is world-renowned for its granite mountains, pristine beaches, and abundant wildlife. But what if we told you there's a secret season to experience the park at its best?

Secret’s out – winter may be the best time of year to visit Wilsons Promontory National Park. Here’s five reasons why you should consider an off-season escape to the Prom this winter.


You’ll have the park (almost) to yourself

Gone are the summer crowds. In winter, Wilsons Prom is a haven of tranquillity – there’s even the chance you’ll have iconic spots like Norman Beach and Squeaky Beach to yourself! As you stroll along the deserted coastline, breathing in the fresh ocean air, it’s likely the sound of crashing waves will be your only companion. 

Two children and adult walking along gravel path with ocean views in the background.

Photo: Three people going for a winter walk at Wilsons Prom.

The chances of spotting wildlife are higher

With fewer people around, Wilsons Prom's furry (and feathery) residents become more active. Winter coincides with these animals' peak feeding times, making sightings more likely. Be on the lookout for the famous Prom wombats emerging from their burrows around sunset and watch kangaroos and emus graze freely along the Prom Wildlife Walk. Winter is also prime time to spot migrating humpback whales along the Victorian coastline.

You can stay in cosy cabins (no camping required)

While camping might not be for everyone in winter, Wilsons Prom offers a variety of accommodation options – like cabins, huts and Wilderness Retreats – perfect for a cosy getaway. Picture yourself curled up after a day of exploring with a steaming mug of hot chocolate. Sounds pretty idyllic, right? Explore where to stay at the Prom here.

Group of friends sitting at accommodation in Tidal River, Wilsons Promontory National Park

Photo: Wilsons Prom is the perfect place to catch up with friends.

Dramatic coastlines create the perfect photo op

The winds and cooler temperatures of winter can actually enhance the scenery. The ocean takes on a brilliant, almost electric blue hue, and the sculpted granite cliffs stand out even more dramatically against the clear winter skies making for some breathtaking photo opportunities!

You’ll experience the landscapes differently

Victoria's winters are mild compared to many places. You might even get lucky and experience a frosty morning that transforms the Prom’s familiar landscape into a winter wonderland. Just be prepared for any weather – pack plenty of extra layers and waterproof gear.

Views of Wilsons Promontory National Park in Gippsland, Victoria

Photo: Winter is one of the best times to capture breathtaking landscapes.

Insider Tip: Be sure to check the park's website for any closures or restrictions that might be in place during winter.

So, ditch the summer crowds and embrace the unique beauty of Wilsons Promontory in winter – during what many agree is the best time of year to visit. With a little planning and the right gear, you're in for an unforgettable adventure.

Wilsons Promontory National Park is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.


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