Wilsons Prom Revitalisation

Project status

May 2022:

Background

Wilsons Promontory National Park will become Victoria’s largest conservation sanctuary and have visitor experiences improved through the $23 million Wilsons Prom Revitalisation project.

A predator-proof exclusion fence, supported by conservation programs, will help make the national park a sanctuary where native animals and plants can thrive.

In addition, upgraded visitor facilities, including projects to reduce traffic congestion, will allow people to visit, stay and learn about the Prom in a sustainable way.

Enhancing the natural environment
Complementing the revitalisation project – in particular, the exclusion fence – is a major conservation program that will support the health of the park’s environment.

The Prom Sanctuary project will deliver conservation programs, including invasive species control, large-scale habitat restoration and active threatened species recovery programs – building on years of conservation efforts to transform the national park into Victoria’s largest conservation sanctuary.

 

A couple look out over a bay and towards a remote beach on Wilsons Promontory.

Project benefits

Environment

Installation of an exclusion fence at the Prom will support efforts to turn the national park into a 50,000-hectare sanctuary, keeping destructive species out of the park and supporting the recovery and re-establishment of native animals, plants and habitats.

Visitors

With high visitation to the Prom, this project will help to deliver an improved visitor experience, introducing people to the wonders of the Prom in a sustainable way through new walks, accommodation options, and an upgrade to the visitor centre.

Community and economy 

In addition to its special biodiversity values and critical conservation role, the Wilsons Promontory National Park plays an important role in supporting nature-based tourism, local businesses, employment and regional spending.

Safety and sustainability

Improved parking and investigation into options to help to manage congestion, improve driver and visitor safety, and reduce the impact of vehicles in the landscape.

 

Project funding

This project has received $23 million from the Victorian Government as part of the $633 million Visitor Economy Recovery and Reform Plan.

 

The Project

The majority of on-ground works for the project are expected during 2023 and 2024, phased to take into account seasonal factors, land conditions and market availability

Environmental and cultural heritage assessments will inform where, when and how components of the project are delivered.  

While subject to adjustments, the current project scope includes: 

  • a predator-proof exclusion fence across the Yanakie Isthmus 
  • an upgrade of the Tidal River visitor precinct 
  • improved carparking and traffic management options  
  • new accommodation units outside the northern park boundary 
  • new accommodation units at Tidal River 
  • a new Telegraph Saddle trail to connect Tidal River and Mount Oberon. 

 

Complementing this project at the Prom is investment from the Victoria’s Great Outdoors program to deliver park improvements, including upgrades to the Tidal River campground and replacing the footbridge. 

More detailed information on these works, including where and when they will be delivered, will be updated on this page as further assessments and planning are completed.

 

Project timeline

This is a complex multi-part project being delivered on a unique landscape. 

Subject to on-ground conditions, the results of preliminary and ongoing assessments, and any public health directions that may be in place, the majority of on-ground works for the project are expected during 2023 and 2024, phased to take into account seasonal factors, land conditions and market availability.


Environment and cultural heritage management

The first national park to be declared in Victoria, Wilsons Promontory National Park is a place of outstanding conservation, recreation and wilderness values.

The Prom is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape where Traditional Owners retain deep connections to Country – both material and intangible.

Parks Victoria will undertake assessments, studies and surveys across the life of this project to identify and protect environmental and cultural values. The necessary permits and approvals will be sought before works commence.


Who are we working with?

The Prom forms part of a significant cultural landscape and we’ll be engaging with Traditional Owners and specialist consultants to ensure the Prom’s Aboriginal cultural heritage and environmental values are protected. 

There will also be opportunities for the community, visitors and stakeholder groups to provide feedback on aspects of the project. Neighbouring landholders and park groups such as the Wilsons Promontory National Park Advisory Group, and Friends of the Prom will remain key sources of feedback.

Being fully aware of the importance of the Prom to the region, including the regional economy, Parks Victoria will collaborate with state and local government agencies, and tourism bodies.


Access changes

At stages during this project there may be a requirement to restrict public access to certain sections of the park.

Before visiting any park, people are advised to check the Parks Victoria website for any changed conditions, or to call the Parks Victoria Information Centre: 13 1963.


Staying updated

Information about this project will be maintained on this page, while community consultation opportunities will be posted on the Engage Victoria website. 

Related information 

FAQs

 
Why is this project being delivered? 

This project will help to protect the native animals, plants and habitat of Wilson Promontory National Park for generations to come, while improving park facilities so that people visit safely and with a reduced impact on this very special landscape. 
 
How can the community be involved? 

We know the Prom is a much-loved place for many. 

There will be opportunities for the public and key user groups to help shape aspects of this project with their valuable feedback. Be sure to subscribe to project updates to receive information on how you can get involved. 

Why is a fence needed? What will it look like? 

The Prom’s position at the end of a narrow, southern isthmus, presents a unique opportunity to create a predator-proof sanctuary.  

Currently, native animals, plants and habitat are threatened by predators such as foxes and feral cats, and invasive destructive species like deer. An exclusion fence across the isthmus, combined with conservation programs, would eliminate these threats while allowing the Prom’s environment and biodiversity to thrive. 

Alignment and design of the fence are still being finalised, however it’s likely the fence will look similar to exclusions fences put in place successfully in other parks and settings – both in Australia and internationally. Designs will be released once finalised. 
  
How will the fence be maintained?

Parks Victoria is currently seeking specialist consultants to undertake further studies and investigations, and to prepare a design for the fence.

A key part of this work will include investigating a proven, durable, robust construction material and design for the fence so that maintenance requirements are minimised. The successful consultant team will also prepare a maintenance plan for the fence itself, and also access gates, tracks and other associated infrastructure.

When will the project finish? 

 This is a complex multi-part project being delivered on a unique landscape.  

The majority of on-ground works for the project are expected during 2023 and 2024, phased to take into account seasonal factors, land conditions and market availability. 


Have there been changes to the project scope? 

Following preliminary assessments and early planning, some of the concepts that were proposed in 2020, including a second visitor centre in the northern section of the park, are no longer in scope. 
  
The project scope is likely to have ongoing adjustments as environmental and cultural heritage assessments are undertaken. 


How are you managing the environment and cultural heritage during this project? 

Environmental and cultural heritage assessments, studies and surveys will identify environmental and cultural values, ensuring they are protected during any works. 

How does this project align with the park management plan?  

The Victorian Government’s $1.7 billion Stimulus Package, announced in 2020, presented an invaluable opportunity to secure funding for the Prom, and get started on projects we know are needed and that are consistent with park management goals.  
  
An updated management plan is a priority for Parks Victoria and we hope to commence this process in the coming years.  

 

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