Wilsons Promontory Lightstation

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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.

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Built in 1859 from local granite, the Wilsons Promontory Lightstation is a perfect place to witness the Prom’s rugged and spectacular coastal environment while staying in the comfort of the historic cottages next to the lightstation.



Begin your adventure from the Telegraph Saddle Carpark and climb through eucalypt forest and sandy, coastal tee-tree scrub to reach the lightstation. Or opt for the coastal route and traverse the granite strewn landscapes on your way to Oberon Bay, before cutting inland and heading towards the lightstation.

In the 1800s supplies were delivered to the lighthouse by ship every six months and there was no communication with the outside world. Families, often with children, had the lonely but vital task of keeping the light burning, saving both ships and lives. Today, visitors can taste a little of the lighthouse keeper lifestyle by staying in cottages next to the lighthouse. The cottages are available for individual and group bookings for one or two nights.

The three bookable cottages offer everything you need for a comfortable stay, including a fully equipped shared kitchen with an oven, hotplates, microwave, fridge, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery.

Things to do in the area

Two women walk along the track between granite rocks and grass trees on the Southern Circuit hiking trail at Wilsons Promontory National Park

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.
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.
The lighthouse at Cape Otway in the Otway National Park.

Lighthouses

Learn about the seafaring past of Victoria's rugged and unforgiving coastline at marine and maritime exhibits and sites.
A couple watch the sunset at a picnic table on the edge of Lake Catani at Mount Buffalo National Park.

Sunrises and sunsets

Spectacular sunsets from the summits and to west, and picturesque sunrises in the east , top-and-tail your day the perfect way.
Stargazing in the Murray Sunset National Park.

Stargazing

Escape the city lights to remote nature locations to see the spectacular starry southern night sky.

How to get there

Wilsons Promontory Lightstation

Wilsons Promontory Lightstation is only accessible on foot. To reach the lightstation, visitors must hike from either Tidal River and via Oberon Bay or from the Telegraph Saddle Carpark. Visitors booked in on any of the overnight hikes at Wilsons Promontory National Park must sign-in at the Tidal River Visitor Centre before setting out.

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Need to know

Wilsons Promontory Lightstation

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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