Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park


Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park

Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park is a diver’s paradise. Extending off the southern coast of Wilsons Prom, Victoria’s largest marine protected area is home to a spectacular underwater world.

Granite cliffs plunge below the surface and give way to colourful sponge gardens and rich marine ecosystems.

Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park is home to one of the richest marine ecosystems off the coast of Australia – rivalling that of the Great Barrier Reef.

Dive in and spot brilliantly coloured fish such as the Red Velvetfish, Wrasse, Eastern Blue Groper, and schools of Berber. Boulders and caves harbor colourful gardens of giant sponges, fan-shaped Georgian corals, sealace colonies, sea-tulips, and sea whips. Keep an eye out for vividly coloured sea stars, Lace Corals and the rare Weedy Seadragon hiding out amongst the vegetation.

If diving isn’t your forte, on calm days bring your snorkel and plunge into the waters of Norman Beach, the southern flank of Picnic Bay and Refuge Cove. Or join a tour to explore the offshore rock stacks and islands teeming with colonies of fur seals and oceanic birds such as Little Penguins, Fairy Prions, White-bellied Sea Eagles, and Short-tailed Shearwaters.

As beaches and coasts are natural environments, you may encounter hazards. Follow our water safety advice to make sure your day out at Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park is a safe and enjoyable one.

Things To Do

A diver takes a photo a school of fish in the Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park.

Scuba diving

If diving isn’t your forte, on calm days bring your snorkel and plunge into the waters of Norman Beach, the southern flank of Picnic Bay and Refuge Cove.

Canoeing and Kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking are great ways to explore beautiful waterways. Enjoy the tranquility and spot wildlife that hikers don’t normally see.
Half-underwater photo featuring Neptune's necklace and a rocky shore

7 unexpected things found in our parks

When you think of Victoria’s parks, the first things that comes to mind are probably found on land – mountains, trees and grassy plains. However, did you know that Parks Victoria also manages 30 marine protected areas? What you’ll find there might surprise you!
A weedy seadragon swims along near the sea bed.

Meet some of our unique marine life

Marine national parks and sanctuaries exist to protect Victoria’s unique and diverse marine ecosystem, and the many plants and animals that live in them. Meet some of the marine life that these parks protect.
Snorkelling at Barwon Bluff Marine Sanctuary

Discover an underwater world

If you’re looking for the best places to see underwater ecosystems and encounter marine wildlife, look no further! We’ve rounded up some of the best ways to explore marine protected areas. So, pack your togs, wetsuit, a mask and snorkel and head to the coast!

Wildlife and Nature

Wilsons Promontory is not only spectacular above water - if you take a peak beneath the waters of Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park an astounding diversity of plants and animals many of which are found nowhere else on earth. From large marine mammals to microscopic animals that live in the sand, the Prom is an underwater paradise.

Fascinating sponge gardens thrive in the deeper waters - under rock ledges and in sea caves. These gardens are dominated by huge sponges, sea-fans, bright orange, blue or grey lace coral colonies, coloured sea tulips and beds of long, slender sea whips.

Wilsons Promontory marks the boundary for many animals that prefer the warm waters of eastern Victoria, from the Weedy Sea Dragon to the Barber Perch and Red Velvetfish. While the Eastern Blue Groper and Blue-lined Goatfish have their western distribution limit at Wilsons Promontory.

In the deeper water, kelp forest fish species give way to schools of pink Barber Perch and then Butterfly Perch. Boarfish forage amongst the deep crevices and giant octopuses venture out of the rocks at night. A variety of rays and sharks occupy the sandy areas.

The offshore islands support several colonies of Australian Fur Seals and many oceanic birds, including Little Penguins, Short-tailed Shearwaters, Fairy Prions, Silver Gulls and Pacific Gulls. Kanowna Island is one of the four breeding colonies of Australian Fur Seals in Victoria. Seals have pups in November and December and at this time White Sharks frequent waters adjacent to the pupping areas.

Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park is also vital to the recovery of White Shark populations.

Weedy Seadragon
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Tours and adventure experiences in parks

One of the best ways you can get into nature is with a Licensed Tour Operator.

There are more than 400 Licensed Tour Operators across Victoria who are ready and waiting to help you experience and connect with Victoria’s spectacular parks and waterways.

Discover more than 60 different types of nature-based experiences including hiking, mountain biking, boating, four-wheel driving, indigenous culture tours, birdwatching, surfing, diving and so much more. 

Licensed Tour Operators know all the best places to go and will plan and prepare your visit to ensure you are safe and can enjoy your nature-based adventure to the fullest.

Find a Licensed Tour Operator

How to get there

Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park

Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park is accessible by both land and sea. On calmer days, there is limited access for beach launching at Tidal River. Or from just outside the park, larger vessels can be launched from Port Welshpool (conditions apply).

When to go

From October to April, Humpback and Southern Right Whales migrate from the cold Antarctic Waters to their calving grounds off the Queensland Coast, and pass Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park on this route. Spot these gentle giants from the shore or join a tour to see them up close.

The best time to dive at Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park is between November and May. With warmer temperatures and calmer weather comes better visibility and optimal diving conditions.

Need to know

Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park

Camping and accommodation

Explore the many camping and accommodation options available at Wilsons Promontory National Park.
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Wilsons Promontory National Park

Information Centre
1 Ring Road
Tidal River VIC 3960
13 1963
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