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
Darby Beach can be reached by following the walking track
from Darby River car park. The 360 degree panorama take approximately 90 seconds
The first easily accessed beach as you drive to Tidal
River is Whisky Beach. Only a few hundred metres walk from the car park.
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.
Picnic tables and chairs and toilets are available
at both Whisky and Picnic Bay car parks.
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.
Norman Bay. Tidal River
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
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.