The “Prom” as it is affectionately known, is one of the great coastal wildernesses in Australia. Just several hours drive from Melbourne, the Prom remains largely untouched and spans over 50,000 hectares of walking tracks, forests and coastline. It is also home to the Wilsons Promontory Marine Park.
Wilsons Promontory is home to a wide variety of wildlife including kangaroos, echidnas, emus, and wombats, as well as an array of native birds.
The Promontory is Australia’s most southerly mainland point and is regarded by many as one of the most magical wilderness areas that you will ever see. While half the park is still getting over a 2009 bushfire, it remains a favourite destination for visitors to experience the beauty and serenity of its Tidal River, rainforests, heathlands, and dunes, all framed by the park’s granite heights and the wild blue ocean.
Wilsons Promontory offers a great camping experience with many camp sites located across the Park.
Most camp sites are walk-in only but a favourite site for drive in campers is the Tidal River Caravan Park. The park has four hundred and eighty four sites, and to make the most of the site it is recommended that you try and visit it in off peak periods.
Tidal River is a sizeable, comfortable camping ground ideally placed at the rear of the sand dunes of the beautiful Norman Bay. There are plenty of short walks that you can take in the immediate area. All have their own special appeal. Be sure to take the Lilly Pilly Gully Nature Walk and the walk beside the Tidal River with its remarkable tannin stained colours. A walk to the Norman lookout to view the sunset is also a must do.
With all facilities available, Tidal River makes a great base from which to explore the greater prom area. From here you can hike to a lot of the best bays and beaches and some of the walk in only camp sites. Easy to follow coastal tracks will get you to Whisky Bay in the North and Little Oberon Bay to the south.
Some of the walk-in camp sites include Oberon Bay, Five Mile Beach, Halfway Hut, Waterloo Bay, and Sealer’s Cove camping area.
All walk-in camping areas have two nights maximum stay periods – so having a place like the Tidal River Camping Ground as a base to park your van and visit all of these magical places makes good sense.