Tidal River Visitor Centre

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Tidal River Visitor Centre

Wilsons Promontory National Park

Open daily, the Tidal River Visitor Centre has everything you need to get the most out of your Wilsons Promontory visit. Get advice and tips from the friendly staff, pick up helpful visitor guides and maps, and learn about the colourful history of the iconic Prom.

Tidal River is the main location for camping and accommodation options at Wilsons Promontory. The helpful staff at the visitor centre can help with all park enquiries, from accommodation bookings, to insider tips on where to spot native wildlife as well as booking permits for overnight hikes within the national park.

An interpretive display tells colourful stories of Wilsons Prom, covering its rich history and natural values.

Mobile device charging stations are available outside the Tidal River Visitor Centre and in some laundries throughout the campground. A $2 coin is required to access the charging stations which is returned when you have finished charging your device.

Next to the Visitor Centre, the Tidal River General Store stocks the essentials, including milk, bread, ice, gas refills and souvenirs, along with a basic range of supermarket, emergency items and hot and cold food.

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

How to get there

Tidal River Visitor Centre

Wilsons Promontory National Park is located about 3-hours drive south-east Melbourne. The Tidal River Visitor Centre is located along Ring Road adjacent the main campground at Tidal River and approximately 30-minutes drive south of the park entrance.

A free shuttle bus operates between Tidal River and Telegraph Saddle during the summer and Easter school holidays, and on weekends from November to April. Departure points include the Tidal River Visitor Centre Carpark, the overnight hikers carpark at Tidal River and Telegraph Saddle carpark.

The bus timetable is posted at all departure locations and the Tidal River Visitor Centre. Telegraph Saddle carpark is closed to vehicle access when the shuttle bus is in operation.

Amenities

BBQ
Carpark
Picnic Area
Toilets

Need to know

Tidal River Visitor Centre

FAQs

  • What happens if I arrive after the office is closed at Tidal River

    Depending on if you are staying in a campsite or roofed accommodation the answer differs.

    If you are staying in a camp site, the campground is now allocated year-round pre booking is essential. Please ensure you have printed out your car permit and put in the dash of your vehicle. Proceed to the site you have booked.

    If you are in roofed accommodation there is a board at the entrance of the Visitor Centre, this will have the name on the booking along with the accommodation name indicated. The keys will be left in the door for your arrival.

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

    Deer Control Program 15 - 19 July 2024, Wilsons Promontory

    Parks Victoria will be conducting a deer control program at Wilsons Promontory National Park 15th - 19th July 2024. 
     
    From 5pm to 8am each day there will be no access to the following visitor areas while the operation occurs:
    • Stockyard Campground
    • Oberon Bay Beach and Campground (Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th nights only)
    • Big Drift
    • Yanakie Cemetery
    • Shallow Inlet Walk via Hourigan Camp Lane
    • Cotters Lake and Cotters Beach
    Other visitor areas and some management vehicle only tracks may also be intermittently closed overnight while the operation occurs. 
     
    Signage will be in place to inform visitors of all relevant closures. 

    Stockyard Campground & Toilet Block Closed

    Stockyard campground and toilet block are closed until further notice.

  • Wilsons Promontory National Park

    Sealers Cove boardwalk is closed

    The Sealers Cove boardwalk needs to be rebuilt, following major storm and flood damage. 

    This will be a major and complex project. It will replace two kilometres of boardwalk over sensitive terrain while sensitively managing the surrounding environment.

    There is currently no public access to the boardwalk, and access to Sealers Cove is only possible via a 25km hike from Telegraph Saddle.

    For more information, including expected timeframes for the rebuild, visit: https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/projects/eastern-victoria/sealers-cove-boardwalk-rebuild.

    Park Closure - Sunday 4th August, 5pm to Friday 9th August, 8am 2024

    Wilsons Promontory National Park will be closed between 5pm Sunday 4th August and 8am Friday 9th August 2024 to undertake park management and conservation programs. 

    Wilsons Promontory National Park - Invasive Species Control Programs

    Introduced species such as deer, rabbits, foxes and feral cats are all major threats to nature. Wilsons Promontory National Park is working towards pest free nature.

    Targeted invasive species control programs will be in place within Wilsons Promontory National Park between June 2023 - June 2025.

    Some access restrictions may apply. Please observe local signage.

Wilsons Promontory National Park

Information Centre
1 Ring Road
Tidal River VIC 3960
13 1963
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