Squeaky Beach

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Squeaky Beach

Wilsons Promontory National Park

The famous white sand of Squeaky Beach is so named because of the noise it makes when you stroll along it. Enclosed by impressive granite boulders at either end of the beach, park locally or walk here from neighbouring Picnic Bay or Tidal River.

Take the family on a day trip to one of the best beaches in Victoria. Squeaky Beach is iconic for its squeaky white sand and turquoise water, earning it the title of the most photographed beach at Wilsons Prom.

Adults and kids will love making music as they walk along the dry sand, which makes a squeaking sound with every step. Why is Squeaky Beach squeaky? The fine, rounded grains of quartz sand compress under your feet, creating a high-pitched squeak.

Look out over the waters of Leonard Bay and see beautiful islands scattered off the coast. To see more pristine beaches, follow the coastal track that winds its way over Leonard Point to Picnic Bay and on to Whisky Bay. Walk south to Pillar Point for panoramic coastal views out to Tidal River and Norman Bay and back to Squeaky Beach. This is one of the best walks at Wilsons Prom and is suitable for all levels, including strollers.

As beaches and coasts are natural environments, you may encounter hazards. Squeaky Beach is a popular surfing spot owing to higher waves and swimming is not recommended due to persistent rips. Follow our water safety advice to make sure your day out at Squeaky Beach is a safe and enjoyable one.

Things to do

 
Mum helps her young son as he jumps off a large piece of drift wood at West Cape Beach.

Beaches

Walk white sandy beaches, swim in cool coastal waters or surf the wild waves of the Southern Ocean.
Father and son bird watching on boardwalk

Bird watching

From bushland to wetlands and everything in between, parks provide habitat to an abundance of common and rare bird species. Go for a wander and see how many you can spot.
A husband and wife stop to take a photo of Masons Falls from the lookout.

Day trips

Pack the car and round up your family and friends. Whether you're seeking relaxation or adventure, parks offer a variety of day trips close to Melbourne.
A three year old boy leads his mum and younger brother through the forest near Grants Picnic Ground.

Family activities

Stash some supplies into a back pack and take the family out for a day trip and in only a short drive from Melbourne you can be surrounded by nature.

How to get there

Squeaky Beach

Squeaky Beach is on the western side of Wilsons Promontory National Park, north-west of Tidal River.

You can access the beach from Squeaky Beach Carpark or via short walks from Lilly Pilly Gully Carpark, Picnic Bay or Tidal River.

It is a busy beach – summer and public holidays are not good times to visit. Instead, come early and/or off season (autumn to spring).

Need to know

Squeaky Beach

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

    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.

    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. 

    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. 

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