Refuge Cove at Wilsons Promontory, Australia
An Albatross at Wilsons Promontory, Australia
Waterloo Bay at Wilsons Promontory, Australia
A Wallaby at Wilsons Promontory, Australia
Waterloo Bay at Wilsons Promontory, Australia
Waterloo Bay at Wilsons Promontory, Australia
A beach at Wilsons Promontory, Australia
A yellow bird at Wilsons Promontory, Australia
Forest walk at Wilsons Promontory, Australia
Refuge Cove at Wilsons Promontory, AustraliaAn Albatross at Wilsons Promontory, AustraliaWaterloo Bay at Wilsons Promontory, AustraliaA Wallaby at Wilsons Promontory, AustraliaWaterloo Bay at Wilsons Promontory, AustraliaWaterloo Bay at Wilsons Promontory, AustraliaA beach at Wilsons Promontory, AustraliaA yellow bird at Wilsons Promontory, AustraliaForest walk at Wilsons Promontory, Australia
  • Find the main camp

    Most walks around Wilsons Promontory will start and finish at Tidal River on the west side of The Promontory. It is the main base for campers and day walkers. At the site there are cabins, a campground, showers, toilets, a ranger station, and a grocery shop.

    Prepare for the trip

    If you don’t have your own hiking equipment, it should be possible to hire some at any major Australian city. In Melbourne try somewhere like Holiak, or Wilsons Prom Hiking Hire who offer a service where you can collect the equipment upon you arrival to the park.

  • Obtain a permit and maps

    Parks Victoria publish a good Wilsons Prom visitors guide and a short walks guide that usually include all the maps you’ll need to get around. You will have to obtain a camping permit from Parks Victoria for camping anywhere in the Wilsons Promontory National Park. Plan ahead if you’re targeting peak periods as permits are limited. The park strictly controls the volume of visitors.

  • When to visit

    Wilsons Promontory is best visited during the Australian Summer between December and February. If you can go mid-week outside the Australian school holidays you can feel like the only people left in the world.

    Time suggested

    If you’re hiking, you’ll probably want to allow 3-5 nights depending on your circuit and fitness. Alternatively a week in a caravan or tent at Tidal River can be a great base for day walks.

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5 January 2012