Wilsons Promontory ("The Prom", as it's usually called) is the southern most tip of the Australian mainland. First reserved for a national park back in 1898, it is now one of our best-loved and most popular national parks. Navigator, George Bass named the promontory after Thomas Wilson, a London friend of Bass's companion Mathew Flinders, during their explorations of Bass Strait in 1798/99. At over 50,000 hectares, Wilsons Promontory is one of the most diverse national parks you will find.  Fantastic beaches, great views, cool fern gullies, rock formations and abundant wildlife. You can walk through eucalypt forest, rainforest, woodlands, heath, grasslands, swamps and coasts, all on the one day.
The views as you drive into the park are breathtaking.


Vereker Lookout is three km walk each way starting at Five Mile carpark.  The 360 degree panorama take approximately 90 seconds to download.


Darby Beach can be reached by following the walking track from Darby River car park. The 360 degree panorama take approximately 90 seconds to download.


Whisky Beach

The first easily accessed beach as you drive to Tidal River is Whisky Beach.  Only a few hundred metres walk from the car park.

Whisky Creek

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The short walk into Whisky takes you through a Tea Tree tunnel, then opens up dramatically to a glorious pristine beach.

There is a short walk from Whisky Beach over the headland to Picnic Bay.


Whisky Bay

Picnic tables and chairs and toilets  are available at both Whisky and Picnic Bay car parks.

Picnic Bay

Tidal River

A range of free brochures are available at the Visitor Information Centre, plus a interactive display that is a must see. The Visitor Centre is open daily between 8.30 am and 4.30 pm.

Tidal River Whale Rock


Norman Bay. Tidal River


Day Walks

I am not going to try and cover all walks on the Prom, but my favorite day walks.  When walking on the Prom always carry water, sunscreen and insect repellent. The walks are listed in order from the entrance gate.

Tongue Point

This is a fantastic walk and probably our favourite.  Walk from either Darby River or Darby Saddle, if you have two cars you can make it into a circuit.  Make sure you take the side take to Fairy Cove. The walk from Darby Saddle is a bit longer and steeper in parts than from Darby River. Allow 5 hours return for the walk.


Lilly Pilly Gully.

Ideal family walk, 5 km nature circuit takes you through superb bush land ranging from eucalypt forest to fern gullies.  Half way, there has been a clearing made and tables and chair installed making it a perfect picnic spot.  I recommend you buy the nature walk guide to make the most of this walk.

Around Tidal River.

Squeaky Beach to Picnic Bay. 

Start halfway along the access track from Squeaky Beach car park to the beach. There are spectacular views between Squeaky Beach and Picnic Beach. It passes through varied coast and heath land vegetation. Allow 30 minutes each way.


Mt Oberon Nature Walk

The track starts at the Mt Oberon car park and follows a moderate to steep grade to the summit, but well worth the effort, the view is stunning. Allow I hour each way.

Loo-Errn Track

Start the walk from Tidal River car park opposite the information centre. Especially designed for those with limited mobility the boardwalk wind it's way around Tidal River.  There are fishing stations at regular intervals along the walk.  Allow 30 min


Loo-Errn Track


South Norman Bay & Little Oberon Bay

For excellent coastal scenery the track to Norman Bay and Little Oberon Bay can't be beat.  From the Information centre follow the inland track to Little Oberon Bay.  Allow 1.5 hours each way.

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