Big Drift Walk

Big Drift Walk

Big Drift Walk

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Big Drift Walk

Wilsons Promontory National Park

Escape the crowds who flock to the southern Prom with a walk out to the Big Drift, a series of ever-changing inland sand dunes. This other-worldly landscape reveals a very different side to Wilsons Prom and is a short walk from Stockyards Camp, just by the park entrance.
The Big Drift is a landscape of massive sand dunes that tower over gnarled coastal woodland and the most southerly farmland in mainland Australia. This is the kind of place where it’s very likely that the only footprints in the sand will be your own. Come here to enjoy a peaceful moment and to feel small in the vast expanse of golden sands.

Best enjoyed at sunrise or sunset, when the dunes turn rose gold, take in the views over the Vereker Range in the east and the sea to the west. This ethereal place is a stunning subject for a memorable photograph.

The good news is that the Big Drift is best when the weather is poor. Wilsons Prom ranger Jack Hutchison loves the Big Drift after it rains. “Little pools form in the dunes, some big enough to swim in,” he says. “Problem is you never know if it’s going to be warm or freezing cold. It’s a lottery!”

The walk out to the Big Drift is short, so if you’re in the Prom for a day, it’s definitely worth tackling another short walk in the northern Prom. Vereker Outlook offers a contrasting experience and another spectacular view. Little Drift arguably has better views of the Vereker Range than Big Drift. And just outside Wilsons Prom, the short walk to Shallow Inlet leads to a sheltered beach and a well-deserved swim.

Things to do

Stockyard Campground on Wilsons Promontory National Park.

Stockyard Campground

Stockyard Camp is a small grassy campground set in native bushland near the park entrance, 30km from Tidal River. There is no beach access from the campground but Whisky Bay is a short drive away.
A family set up camp at Tidal River Camp Ground at Wilsons Promontory National Park.

Tidal River Campground

Tidal River is also the main camping location in Wilsons Promontory National Park, offering 484 camping and caravan sites (including 20 powered) situated near the beach and river.
The view from Mt Oberon at Sunset.

Mount Oberon

Starting from the Telegraph Saddle car park, this iconic Prom walk follows the management vehicle track to the summit of Mount Oberon.Steps below the rocky summit lead to postcard perfect, panoramic views over Tidal River, the coast and offshore islands.
The view of Norman Beach from the summit of Mount Oberon.

Norman Beach

Close to Tidal River campground, the beautiful Norman Beach is flanked by Pillar Point in the north and Norman Point in the south and offers stunning views of Mount Oberon.
Three hikers walk along the beach at Wilson Promontory National Park.

Wilsons Promontory Northern Overnight Hikes

Up for more of a challenge? Try the Northern Circuit hiking and camping through the park.
A couple follow the path on the Southern Circuit Overnight Hike.

Wilsons Promontory Southern Circuit Overnight Hikes

Hike your way to overnight camping sites and sleep in bookable shady campsites with views of glassy torquoise water.
A father and mother sit on Squeaky Beach with their daughter in an all terrain accessibility wheelchair.

Squeaky Beach

One of the Prom’s iconic locations, the rounded grains of quartz sand make a ’squeak’ when walked on.
One of the cabins available for public booking at Tidal River in the Wilsons Promontory National Park.

Tidal River Accommodation

Tidal River offers self-contained cabins, units, huts, group lodges and Wilderness Retreats.
Parks Victoria Ranger smiles at the camera

Tidal River Visitor Centre

The visitor centre at Tidal River provides information about walking tracks and things to do within the park. The centre is open daily from 9.00am - 4.00pm.
Sunset on the rocks at Whiskey Bay in Wilsons Promontory National Park.

Whisky Bay

Whisky Bay is a small sheltered beach with rock formations at each end. Accessible from the Whisky Bay car park, the track follows a moist gully along Whisky Creek before passing over a sand dune to the beach.
The lighthouse keeper's cottage and lighthouse at Wilsons Promontory National Park.

Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse

The perfect place to witness the Prom’s rugged coastal environment while staying in self-contained dormitory-style or private cabin accommodation. The Light Station can only be reached on foot (minimum 19.1km one way). The walk is challenging (5-6 hours), requiring a high level of fitness.

Wildlife and Nature

 
Wombats
Emus
Kangaroos

How to get there

Big Drift Walk

Start The Big Drift Walk at Stockyards Campground. Turn right just before the main entrance of Wilsons Prom if you are heading south.

Need to know

Big Drift Walk

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

    Water for hikers at Oberon Bay

    Tank water (unpotable) at Oberon Bay is unreliable. Hikers are required to carry in their own drinking water.

  • Wilsons Promontory National Park

    Lilly Pilly boardwalk closed

    Lilly Pilly Gully boardwalk is currently closed due to dangerous trees and storm damage. Mt Bishop and the Lilly Pilly circuit walk remain open

    Off-track hiking permit

    Off-track hiking permits are unavailable due to the risk associated with land slips and the potential spread of pest plants and pathogens.

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