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Just over 200 kilometres south-east of Melbourne lies the stunning coastal region of Wilsons Promontory National Park, otherwise known as ‘The Prom’.

Covering 50,000 hectares, Wilsons Prom is Victoria’s largest coastal wilderness, and home to stunning beaches, mirror-like rivers and a backdrop of granite mountaintops. A day trip to Wilsons Promontory is definitely one of the best things to do in Melbourne.

I spent a full day exploring the area during my Melbourne to Sydney road trip. Read on to find out the best things to do in Wilsons Promontory, as well as information on camping at Tidal River, and of course, some fabulous pictures!


Wilsons Promontory Guided Tour

If you prefer the comfort and safety of a guided tour instead of exploring by yourself, you can book athe2-day Phillip Island and Wilsons Prom Wildlife Tour from Melbourne.

 This fun, overnight trip includes entry to the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park to see native animals, scenic hikes and wildlife spotting in Wilsons Promontory National Park, one night’s accommodation (dorm or private room) and one breakfast.

If you want to do your own thing, keep reading to discover what to see in Wilsons Prom.


Tidal River Campground & Settlement

About a 30-minute drive from the entrance to Wilsons Promontory National Park in Yanakie lies Tidal River. This is the main settlement, and you’ll find parking, a visitor centre, general store and a choice of walking tracks.

You’ll also find Tidal River camping ground, which has 484 camping and caravan sites as well as showers, toilets and picnic tables.

Norman Beach, a short walk from Tidal River camping ground.
Norman Beach, a short walk from Tidal River camping ground

I didn’t camp here myself (it cost more than a hostel!), but it’s extremely popular, so you need to book in advance on the Parks Victoria website. Between Christmas and late January the campsite is so in demand that a ballot system is used.


Tidal River Walks

You’ll find lots of walks around Tidal River, of various lengths and difficulties. Take a look at the Visit Prom Country website for routes, or pop into the visitor centre on arrival.

I chose the Pillar Point walk which is 1.8 kilometres in each direction. This picturesque hike begins at Tidal River bridge, where the stunning views begin immediately!

Tidal River bridge, Victoria.
Tidal River bridge – wowzers!
Breathtaking views at Tidal River in Wilsons Promontory National Park.
Breathtaking views at Tidal River

The track then climbs up the headland, giving you a birdseye view of Norman Bay, with its mountainous backdrop.

Looking down at Norman Beach from the Pillar Point walk, near Melbourne.
Looking down at Norman Beach from the Pillar Point walk

At the end of the track is Pillar Point, and looking in the opposite direction from Norman Bay you’ll see famous Squeaky Beach. Directly ahead there are also lots of offshore islands.

Looking down on Squeaky Beach from Pillar Point, Wilsons Prom, Australia.
Looking down on Squeaky Beach from Pillar Point

Squeaky Beach

You can either take the fork off the Pillar Point track and hike to Squeaky Beach, or drive there and walk 300 metres. Either way, you’ll walk across white, rounded grains of quartz that, you guessed it, squeak!

Squeaky white sand at Squeaky Beach in Victoria.
Squeaky white sand at Squeaky Beach

You’ll also see the big, beautiful granite boulders clustered along the shoreline.

Granite boulders at Squeaky Beach, Australia.
Granite boulders at Squeaky Beach

Whisky Bay & Picnic Bay

Slightly north of Tidal River, you can pull off Wilsons Promontory Road and head to Picnic Bay carpark. From here it’s only 306 metres to walk to Picnic Bay and Whisky Bay lookout.

Picnic Bay viewed from the lookout in Wilsons Promontory National Park.
Picnic Bay viewed from the lookout
Looking down on Whisky Bay in Australia.
Looking down on Whisky Bay

Wilsons Promontory National Park Wildlife

Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as kangaroos, emus, wombats and lizards in Wilsons Prom, as well as colourful birds!

A wombat at Tidal River camping ground.
A wombat at Tidal River camping ground

This is the only time I’ve seen a wombat outside of a zoo! He was just snuffling around Tidal River camping ground, looking for a snack I’d imagine! (Don’t feed the wild animals though.) Rosellas are also a common sighting at Wilsons Prom.

A rosella at Wilsons Prom.
A rosella at Wilsons Prom

Wilsons Prom Accommodation

As well as the camping ground at Tidal River, there’s a choice of accommodation around Foster, just outside of Wilsons Promontory National Park. The YHA I stayed in has closed, unfortunately.

Browse through Wilsons Promontory accommodation options on Hotels Combined to find the best deal. They compare prices for each hotel across all the major booking agents.:

Foster town centre, Victoria.
Foster, Victoria

I hope you have a fabulous time in Wilsons Promontory National Park. If you’re continuing your road trip towards Sydney, check out my guide to Gippsland Lakes next!


Things to do in Wilsons Promontory National Park, just 200 kilometres from Melbourne. Discover beaches, rivers and mountains as well as hiking and camping.