Less than two hours from Melbourne, Wilsons Promontory National Park is one of Victoria’s natural wonders. The spectacular scenery, open forest and sweeping beaches of Australia’s southernmost tip make for the perfect mini getaway when you want to escape the city.
Ready to explore some of Australia’s most inspired landscapes? Hire a car in Melbourne and hit the road as we take you through the perfect weekend itinerary at Wilsons Prom.
There’s no shortage of stunning landscapes at Wilsons Prom, and one of the best ways to take it all in is from the summit of Mount Oberon. Leave the comfort of your car rental at the foot of the mountain and get ready to climb – the hike takes roughly two hours and is suitable for most climbing abilities, with some steeper patches and bushwalking along the way. It’s worth the effort – from the viewing platform at the summit you can see and incredible vista, soaking in the striking contrast of land and sea.
Inside Wilsons Prom is also the Marine National Park, the largest protected marine area in the state. Stretching along 17km of mainland coastline around the southern tip of the park, this is a diver’s paradise. The mind-blowing diversity makes for one of the most beautiful underwater landscapes in the country, where colourful fish, bright corals, anemones and sponge gardens abound. From the sea tulips and lace corals to octopuses, sharks and rays that roam the area, there are few better places to experience the range of wildlife that calls Australia home. Back on dry land, the small islands that surround the park are home to fur seals, ocean birds and penguins.
Tidal River runs through Wilsons Prom and is the main spot for camping and caravanning inside the park. Pitch a tent and you can make the most of the landscapes day and night; visitors can also go fishing in Tidal River or spend some time stretched out on the soft sands of nearby Norman Beach. A café, visitor centre and open air cinema make it easy to meet other people and enjoy a few luxuries while out in the wilderness.
Inside the park there are dozens of beaches to be explored and enjoyed, each catering to different interests – you can swim and surf, relax on the sand, spot wildlife and go walking all in one weekend. Norman Beach and Whisky Bay are ideal for swimming and surfing, while Squeaky Beach is one of the most iconic in the park, thanks to the noise the sand makes underfoot. The strong tides however mean this is a beach that’s safer for landscape lovers rather than watersport seekers.
The Great Prom Walk is the easiest way to take in the best sites of Wilsons Prom in just a few days. Departing from Telegraph Saddle Car Park, the circuit takes you past some of the best loved tourist spots and landscapes inside the park. There are two routes, one 36km long and the other more intense at 53km. En route you’ll pass Windy Saddle, Sealers Cove, Kersops Peak and Little Waterloo Bay, before circling back to Telegraph Track.
Escape the grind this weekend. Pick up a car rental in Melbourne and explore Wilsons Promontory National Park, your way.