Wilsons Promontory National Park

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Wilsons Promontory National Park

Welcome to Wilsons Prom, the southernmost tip of mainland Australia. Walk remote coastal bushland trails and swim at pristine beaches dominated by granite tors. Camp in comfort at family-friendly Tidal River or hike to a more secluded campsite. Either way, the local wombats, kangaroos and emus are waiting to meet you.

Swim at Norman Beach - just a few minutes' walk from Tidal River Campground, or go snorkelling for a unique underwater view of Victoria's largest marine national park. Bring the family and camp in comfort at Tidal River. Choose from powered or unpowered sites or stay in roofed accommodation.

Scale the granite peaks of Mount Oberon for sky-high panoramic views over the sea and a majestic sunset. Mount Bishop is a great alternative. You can walk to the summit from the Lilly Pilly car park or take the side track while on the Lilly Pilly Circuit walk. At the top, you'll see amazing views of the Prom's west coast and offshore islands. For a wider view over the National Park, head for lesser-known Vereker Outlook.

For adventure seekers, enjoy an overnight hike in The Prom. In the north there's a remote and rugged wilderness to explore, while the south is home to the historic Wilsons Promontory Lightstation and Sealers Cove.

Feel the sand between your toes at some of the more secluded beaches of Wilsons Prom, from Cotters Beach to Whisky Bay and Fairy Cove. You can book a free all-terrain wheelchair, TrailRider or beach wheelchair to explore the great outdoors at Wilsons Promontory National Park.

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 National Park is a safe and enjoyable one.

Two friends talk to a female surfer from the porch of a hut at Tidal River at Wilsons Promontory National Park

Tidal River Accommodation

Tidal River is the main visitor hub for Wilsons Promontory National Park. This picturesque spot offers a range of accommodations options to make the most of one of Victoria's favourite National Parks.

A man and women set up their tent amid the sand dunes at Oberon Bay Campground on the Southern Circuit hiking trail at Wilsons Promontory National Park

Southern Circuit Overnight Hikes

Venture into the Southern Prom and discover a remote place of great natural beauty. The Southern Prom Circuit overnight hike is a three to five day trail through warm temperate rainforest to the sublime eastern shores of Wilsons Promontory where you can enjoy the white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters of Sealers Cove and Waterloo Bay.

Three hikers walk along the beach at Wilson Promontory National Park.

Northern Overnight Hikes

Most of the northern part of Wilsons Promontory is classified as a wilderness zone. In order to preserve the area’s natural values there are few facilities. If you don't want to stay overnight, there are short walks at Vereker Outlook, Prom Wildlife Walk, and Millers Landing.

A couple stop to enjoy the view of the ocean sat upon a granite boulder at Tongue Point.

Darby River to Tongue Point

Offering magnificent views over Darby Swamp, Vereker Range and Darby Beach, The Darby River to Tongue Point Walk climbs an ancient sand dune before following the weathered headland towards Tongue Point.

The lighthouse keeper's cottage and lighthouse at Wilsons Promontory National Park.

Wilsons Promontory Lightstation

Perched on a small peninsula jutting out into the wild seas of Bass Strait, the Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse and its historic residences are the southernmost settlement on the Australian mainland. Adding to its remote appeal, the lightstation is only accessible by foot, along the Southern Prom Circuit Hikes.

Just Inside The Gate

At the very edge of Wilsons Promontory National Park architectural luxury meets wilderness at Just Inside the Gate. Situated just inside the National Park entrance on 97 acres of the most southerly freehold land on mainland Australia. Come and spend some time relaxing and adventuring on the edge. Just Inside The Gate is a self-catering eco-lodge accommodation for up to eight people.

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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.

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How to get there

Wilsons Promontory National Park

Wilsons Promontory National Park is approximately three hours drive from Melbourne. Follow the Monash Freeway (M1) to join the South Gippsland Freeway (M420/A440) to Meeniyan. Take the Meeniyan- Promontory Road (C444) to the Wilsons Promontory Entrance.

Tidal River Visitor Centre is 30km south of the park entrance.

There is no fuel at Tidal River. The closest fuel outlet is at Yanakie.

When to go

Summer is a popular time to visit Wilsons Promontory – all camping and accommodation must be booked ahead.

Need to know

Wilsons Promontory National Park

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Aerial Deer Control Program 4-8 March 2024

    Parks Victoria will be conducting an aerial deer control operation at Wilsons Promontory National Park 4th-8th March 2024.  

    From 5pm Monday 4th to 8am Friday 8th March, there will be no access to the following areas while the operation occurs:  
    • Shallow Inlet Walk
    • Boundary Track
    • Big Drift
    • Stockyard
    • Yanakie Cemetery 
    • Cotters Road, Cotters Lake and Cotters Beach
    • 5 Mile Road and carpark
    • Vereker Outlook
    • Millers Landing 
    • Northern Overnight Hike 


    Signage and/or staff will be in place to inform visitors of closed areas. During the operation, visitors may hear gunshots and see a helicopter flying at low levels. Safety is of paramount importance and Parks Victoria will have an Operations Controller on-site to ensure visitor safety. 

    The Sealers Cove Walking Track is currently closed

    The Sealers Cove Walking Track is currently closed due to storm and flood damage.

    Funding has been secured to rebuild the two kilometres boardwalk, with a start/finish timeline for the project to be established shortly.

    Until then, access to Sealers Cove is only achievable via Refuge Cove, which is a 25km hike from Telegraph Saddle.

    Change to Tidal River General Store opening hours

    Tidal River General Store opening hours from 29 January to 1 April 2024:


    Monday - Thursday9.00 am - 5.00 pm
    Friday: 9.00 am - 7.30 pm
    Saturday:  Coffee window (only) from 7.30 am, Store open 9.00 am - 7.30 pm
    Sunday: Coffee window (only) from 7.30 am, Store open 9.00 am - 5.00 pm

    Tidal River water supply this summer 2023/24

    This summer of 2023/24, the water storage (in tanks) at Tidal River is reduced compared with previous years. It means that while Parks Victoria repair the water storage, the system overall has less capacity.
     
    To help the system cope this summer, Parks Victoria is asking all visitors to help save water and reduce their water use during their stay.
     
    You can help by:
    •            Filling up your caravan water tanks before arrival.
    •            Taking shorter showers – 4 minutes or Iess.
    •            Turning off taps when brushing teeth.
    •            Using less water to wash dishes – use a tub.
    •            Taking your laundry home for shorter stays.
    •            Using a caravan dump point outside of the Prom for caravan waste.
    •            Reporting leaks and running toilets to the Visitor Centre.
     
     
    Did you know?
     
    Tidal River Campground is ‘off-grid’. This means that all water and electricity come from inside the Prom. For water, the supply starts with water being drawn from the Tidal River catchment. It is then treated to a drinking water standard, stored in a series of tanks, and distributed around the campground for visitors to enjoy.
     
    Thanks for your cooperation. 

    Attachments: FinaI TidaI River Fact Sheet Water SuppIy (301KB)

  • Yanakie Cemetery Walk (Wilsons Promontory National Park)

    Stockyard Toilet Block Closed

    The Stockyard Toilet Block is closed until further notice. 

Wilsons Promontory National Park

Information Centre
1 Ring Road
Tidal River VIC 3960
13 1963
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